Banished Teacher Livestreams Self Doing Nothing

Francesco Portelos has been blogging about his battle with the city Department of Education since he was removed from Intermediate School 49 in April

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    Francesco Portelos has been live-streaming himself doing nothing in what he calls a "rubber room" while he battles with the city Department of Education after being removed from Intermediate School 49 in April. He says he's getting paid $75,000 to do nothing. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Friday, Oct 5, 2012)

    A Staten Island teacher who was removed from the classroom is streaming live video of himself pushing papers.      

    Francesco Portelos has been blogging about his battle with the city Department of Education since he was removed from Intermediate School 49 in April.      

    He's streaming from the office where he must sit and wait for his disciplinary hearing.      

    Portelos says he is being punished because he caught his principal engaging in financial misconduct. Department of Education officials would not describe the charges against Portelos but said they are serious.      

    Department spokeswoman Connie Pankratz said all teachers who have been removed from the classroom are working "in an administrative capacity.''      

    Portelos' livestream on Friday showed him sitting alone at a long table doing nothing.

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