Monthly Archives: January 2014

Special Education Department-The students are being cheated with a proper education by this principal.

save our schools

The Bryant HS Special Education Department had 2 assistant principals in a year, both were hard working people and the first one that was axed did the job of 5 people. This is outrageous that it is run by a teacher that suppose to be teaching 5 periods, and they are not in compliance with special education legislation. The students are being cheated with a proper education by this principal.


 Mr MAYOR Please save our School

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Dwarka ……you’re dying of jealousy and sexual frustration


Hey Bi…face Dwarker: did you hear Sean B…deis and Georgia G..kouris just got married? I’m sure you’re dying of jealousy and sexual frustration since the guy you were lusting after married the one woman who had the balls to stand up to your threats and bullying. hA ha Ha hA hA ha Your will be so dry soon it’ll look like your disgusting face.
Maybe Yakavone can relieve you after he’s done with El..y  B..datsis.


Its time our elected officials step up for our school and our children


Bryant High School  “Boys Club” has a tendency to enjoy double dipping.

Who may these educators be?

Who signed off on this?

We shall find out…stay tuned …..

Namita Dwarka

The Special Investigator had reported that Blige had told assistant principals to give teachers “U” (for Unsatisfactory) ratings, which can imperil their careers, on the basis of personal grudges. And yet DOE has done nothing but fine her a measly $7500. It sounds like Dwarka, maybe she should be investigated more. What happened to Westbrook?


Dwarka spending habits of her school credit card should be investigated 




The number of experienced teachers with more than 11 years of experience from 2010-2011 until 2012-2013 went down almost 6 percent. Also 32 percent of the teachers do not feel supported by the principal at all. Also 50 percent of the teachers do not feel respected by her.

I am extremely angry that Principal Namita Dwarka terminated teachers that have changed my life

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To whom it may concern,

Recently, the news concerning the “The Scholar’s Academy” of William Cullen Bryant High School didn’t shock me at all. The actions and behavior of the current principal Ms. NamitaDwarka that I have seen as a student foreshadowed something as dreadful as this. As students, none of us ever had the courage to open up about how we really felt about her administration. The few that did had to enjoy the taste of detention in a room with no windows in the basement next to the women’s restroom…and that was because the students’ thoughts about her were publicly announced. Doesn’t that violate our first amendment? I wouldn’t think so; not just I, most of the students wouldn’t think so. Why would we? Why would we think of our rights at an educational organization where nobody cared about any ones opinions? As I would walk down the hallways, I would hear kids calling our beloved principal a “dictator” or a “sociopath” or a “fascist.” To be honest, I thought that was extremely disrespectful. Someone should never call others such things. “Treat others the way you want to be treated,” my global history teacher taught me this when I was a sophomore. Even though it was a little too much of the students, but after months of having her as a principal, when the kids say that to her, I’d leave it up to you to decide who was treating who wrong.

As a concerned alumnus, I would want a stop to this. And by “this,” I mean the torture that literally every single person in that building has to go through every day of their lives. Yes, I am extremely angry that Principal Namita Dwarka terminated teachers that have changed my life and that she had made senior year a nothing more than anguish, but that’s not it. I want the current students of Bryant have the same fun and educational experience that I had during my first three years there.


A Bryant Alumni.


This principal has been abusive to all of us


With Bloomberg and a principal working against us, again we have demonstrated that we can manage to do a good job. When we get a reasonable principal we will do a better job. This principal has been abusive to all of us, but we can still say with dignity that we will carry on without her and we hope that the nonsense of the 2 years will fade away.


Portelos could also sue the UFT over poor representation. Note his suit against his Chapter leader


Portelos v DOE Motion To Dismiss Denied

GAME ON! Portelos could also sue the UFT over poor representation. Note his suit against his Chapter leader, a New Action Caucus candidate in the last election, Richard Candia.



For those of you who are following my crazy saga, you know I filed a Federal lawsuit (Portelos v DOE) last June. It is against the City, DOE, and Berta Dreyfus IS 49 Principal Linda Hill. They attempted to silence a parent, who is an educator, who has a backbone and is apparently thousand times savvier than them…the failed.

The city attempted to dismiss my case and my attorney  Bryan Glass, Esq., just sent me great news this morning; honorable Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf has denied that motion. In non legal words…Game On!

We start deposing witnesses soon. We are starting with Principal Linda Hill, former SLT Chairperson Susanne Abramowitz, former UFT Chapter Leader Richard Candia and former NYC DOE HR Director Andrew Gordon.

As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task.” the Greek Philosopher Diogenes

Read the full document here: Portelos v DOE MTD Denied


The city Department of Education has been harming rather than helping poor-performing public schools





The New York Annenberg Institute for School Reform compiled. Shocking report on the Bloomberg administration’s policy of dumping “over-the-counter” students into struggling schools or schools already set for closure. This as a terrible disservice to the students. For the already struggling schools, it was like throwing a concrete weight to a drowning man. Instead of support, the schools got the neediest students. It was a charade. Neither the students nor the schools got the help they needed. Was there no one at Tweed with a conscience? Or was it all a cynical numbers game, with students as the victims?

Here is the New York Post story, written by the fine reporter Yoav Gonen:


Dept. of Ed. ‘dumping’ tough students in struggling schools

By Yoav Gonen

October 10, 2013 | 3:56am

The city Department of Education has been harming rather than helping poor-performing public schools by assigning them many of the most challenging kids, according to a new analysis of enrollment data.

The study by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, relying on data secured from the city by The Post, is the first to confirm complaints that struggling schools have been unfairly burdened with high-needs kids who enroll in the school system late.

The students who don’t participate in the regular high-school selection process — known as “over the counter,” or OTC, students — are likelier to be new immigrants, have special needs, be homeless or have a prior history of behavioral issues.

Yet the DOE knowingly assigned huge numbers of them to dozens of schools that were either already being shuttered for poor performance or that were subsequently approved for closure, the study found.

“Compelling evidence suggests that the DOE’s inequitable assignment of OTC students to struggling high schools reduces the opportunities for success for both the students and their schools,” said Norm Fruchter, an Annenberg associate and one of the study’s authors.

At Sheepshead Bay HS in Brooklyn, the percentage of OTC kids assigned each year grew from 18 percent in 2008 to 25 percent in 2011 — well above the average for large high schools. After the school’s performance began to suffer, it was approved for closure earlier this year.

In The Bronx, Christopher Columbus HS took in between 32 and 40 percent of its population over the counter each year from 2008 to 2010. Despite being approved for closure in 2011, it was still assigned 37 percent of its enrollment through OTC placements that year.
“We reconfigured our academic and support programs to meet the needs of our very sizable annual percentage of OTC students,” said Christine Rowland, a teacher at Columbus.

“But without sufficient resources, the burden on the school staff was enormous.”

DOE officials said that during the annual spring-enrollment process, the best high schools “tend to have the fewest seats available for students who enroll on the first day or midyear.”

Yet it wasn’t until state education officials expressed concern about the over-concentration of high-needs kids in struggling schools that the DOE began setting aside additional seats in the best schools last year.