Yvonne Katz, formerly supt. of Beaverton OR and Spring Branch TX school districts, embarrassing retiring Westview High principal Len Case.











Dan Wieden talks about the night he wrote "Just do It" to a fascinated Wesview High School Media Studies class in 2001.

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain conspires with OEA attorney Tom Doyle

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain conspires with OEA attorney Tom Doyle
Chamberlain's three-and-a-half year manipulation of teacher discipline case conceals misconduct of Linda Borquist and Hollis Lekas of the Beaverton School District while interfering with the outcome of a federal lawsuit in support of an attorney formerly employed by the Beaverton School District, Nancy Hungerford.

Oregon ALJ Andrea Sloan collaborates with TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain & OEA atty Tom Doyle

Oregon ALJ Andrea Sloan collaborates with TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain & OEA atty Tom Doyle
"First of its kind in Oregon" decision helps unethical lawyers manipulate federal law suit after Beaverton administrators violated teacher employment contract

Signing a confession to conceal misconduct and influence a federal law suit

Signing a confession to conceal misconduct and influence a federal law suit
Tom Doyle of the OEA collaborates with OAH lawyers and Vickie Chamberlain of the TSPC

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain makes finding based on secret "first of its kind" hearing

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain makes finding based on secret "first of its kind" hearing
Chamberlain's delay protects Nancy Hungerford, former attorney for the Beaverton Schools, who colluded with attorneys for the OEA and the state of Oregon to violate a teacher contract and deny due process in a federal civil suit.

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

Leadership Academy for Beginning Principals
July 18, 19 and 20, 2007
Linfield College

The Faculty:

Linda Borquist, Academy Coordinator

Victor Musial, Field Operations Director, OSEA

Colin Cameron, Director of Professional Development,COSA

Jill O'Neil, Principal, Beaverton Middle School - OMLA President

Vickie Chamberlain, Executive Director, TSPC

Kris Olsen, Principal, McMinnville High School - OASSA President

Matt Coleman, Principal, Westview High School

Shannon Priem, Communication Services Director, OSBA

Vickie Fleming, Superintendent, Redmond SD 2J

Perla Rodriguez, Principal, Cornelius Elementary School - OMLA President

Shawna Harris, Field Representative, OSEA

Nanci Schneider, NWREL

Craig Hawkins, Communications Director, COSA

Valerie Sebesta, Oregon Education Association

Sally Leet, Principal, Oak Grove Elementary School - OESPA Past President

Brian Traylor, Principal, Corvallis Elementary School - OESPA President

Holly Lekas, Regional Administrator, Beaverton SD 48 Joe Wehrili, OSBA

Michael Carter, Superintendent, Rainier SD 13

Philip McCullum, Director Administrative Licensure, University of Oregon

Authentic evaluation legally dated

Authentic evaluation legally dated
signed by retiring principal Len Case

Post-dated Westview High School evaluation 2002-03

Post-dated Westview High School evaluation 2002-03
Entered fraudulently at Fair Dismissal Appeals Board hearing: Malcolm Dennis (forced resignation; secrecy agreement) and Chris Bick, signing principals

Paying "educators" who "don't" (while punishing teachers who do) To J. Colonna, BSD supt.

Jerome Colonna, retiring sup't
Beaverton Public Schools
Mr. Colonna,
Several years have passed since you began to administrate the Beaverton Schools. 
Those have been long years for me (you, also?) because, for the first four of them, you were paying unethical lawyers (secretly) to conceal the misconduct of your building principals by distorting my work history and damaging me professionally. Alas, the legacy of a man who, in 2002, voted to hire Vickie "Deal or No Deal" Chamberlain to control the state's teacher licensing commission.  
In late 2003, after being cheated by my building principals, I had asked your former HR director to allow me to resign without penalty from your district. Instead, some nasty people were hired to ignore state and federal laws to teach me a lesson.  You just watched...and paid for it.
I am hoping that you will take accountability for your failure to oversee BSD employees so we can be finished with one another on a personal level some day soon, Mr. Colonna.  Unfortunately, you and I both know that our conflict is about more than just us: The system that punished me for trying to be a teacher had been broken for a long time before you violated our contract.
The pollution is running downstream.
I had asked to quit...Now I am asking to be treated fairly, even though--for that to happen--you would have to be honest about past administrative misconduct (even some present wrong doing?).
It costs the system a lot to pay for educators who don't.  Let's all be honest, Jerry. Accountability and oversight...

Don Bellairs, teacher
cc: Gail Rasmussen, OEA president

2003 Westview High School 
Freshman Lit/Comp Parents' Night
Kids from a very diverse 9th grade lit/comp class demonstrate their talent and knowledge in a  night created especially for their parents.

School districts run with Enron mentality--See Rick Casey, Houston Chronicle: Lay, Ken and Katz, Yvonne

To: sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us, "Representative Bruce Hanna" , "Katherine Wentzel" , "Betsy Hammond" , billgraves@news.oregonian.com, wendyowen@news.oregonian.com, michael_sanderson@beavton.k12.or.us, "Jeanette Armentano" , "David Wilkinson" , Hanna.Vaandering@oregoned.org, sen.jasonatkinson@state.or.us, sen.alanbates@state.or.us, sen.brianboquist@state.or.us, sen.ginnyburdick@state.or.us, sen.richarddevlin@state.or.us, sen.jackiedingfelder@state.or.us, sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us, sen.larrygeorge@state.or.us, sen.fredgirod@state.or.us, sen.betsyjohnson@state.or.us, sen.jeffkruse@state.or.us, sen.lauriemonnesanderson@state.or.us, sen.rodmonroe@state.or.us, sen.billmorrisette@state.or.us, sen.frankmorse@state.or.us, sen.davidnelson@state.or.us, sen.floydprozanski@state.or.us, sen.dianerosenbaum@state.or.us, sen.marthaschrader@state.or.us, sen.chipshields@state.or.us, sen.brucestarr@state.or.us, sen.christelfer@state.or.us, sen.joanneverger@state.or.us, sen.dougwhitsett@state.or.us, sen.jackiewinters@state.or.us

Dear Reform-minded Legislators:
As some of you may know, I have been at odds with a powerful Oregon agency chief, Vickie Chamberlain of the TSPC, for a number of years.
Ms. Chamberlain's former employee, investigator Susan Nisbet, waited a year after my termination before beginning a harassing process that included the cooperation of my union-selected and -paid attorney, Tom Doyle.
I realize my on-going expressions of frustration provide people with reason to doubt my...balance, but, whatever your opinion of my motivating force, I am overwhelmed with the realization that someone has to stand up for the rights of citizens. Teachers were the property of dishonest bullies running the state's largest public school when I worked there. While I believe much of that has changed, I am still victimized by Ms. Chamberlain's "first-of-its-kind in Oregon" (Doyle's words) use of hearsay testimony to suspend my license after 3 1/2 years of unethical harassment.
I am not perfect, but I taught no one who was and I certainly worked for no one who was. The laws apply equally to us all if they are true laws.
Beaverton schools were being run with an Enron mentality for many years before I began teaching there--it is no coincidence that the Houston Chronicle's Rick Casey has written some of his most notable stuff in his series about the misdeeds of both Ken Lay and Yvonne Katz.
After I was terminated, I was introduced to the BSD's attorney, Nancy Hungerford, the "education" lawyer, who beat me up publicly while Doyle accommodated her by filing a conflict of interest civil suit while officially employed by the OEA.  His deliberate delays of an erstwhile "appeal" of the results of a slanted hearing run by collaborating lawyers who directed a specially selected "panel" of lay judges allowed hi to bill my union while he used a bait-and-switch million-dollar freedom of speech suit to manipulate me.
My boss, former Beaverton HR director Linda Borquist, was able to mischaracterize my seven-year work history in this "hearing" without being asked, even once by my legal advocate, about my three years of work with her son Jeff in elective classes.
The TSPC director abused her authority for 3 1/2 years in an effort to force me to sign a confession designed to protect her associates employed by Beaverton taxpayers. A state Administrative Law Judge accepted "certain facts as true" in a secret hearing. I still have never met her--although she ended my career. (Elizabeth Denecke, DoJ, and Andrea Sloan, formerly OAH).
At this point, my heart broke. I was actually working with (lots of) tough kids for my pay check.
My federal civil settlement (held for over a year by Hungerford Law without the BSD board's knowledge) was never more than a manipulative delaying tactic while I was told I had "warts" by the frogs practicing law at the OEA. I was smeared publicly by dishonest Oregon state employees who will one day draw big retirements for polluting the state's teacher pool with "trash passing" while smearing people like me, who actually taught classes in your schools.


Please help me address my grievance with the Oregon TSPC. Employees of that agency continue to violate many of my rights to conceal the misconduct of public employees. I have signed no agreement with them and I am owed fair treatment.
Reform starts with administrative oversight but I have real suggestions about how to help classroom teachers in the challenging times ahead. I'm not sure how many leaders in education are attuned to what really happens in a classroom full of teens with a huge diversity of intelligences, cultures and needs.
I remain eager for your assistance.

Don Bellairs, teacher


To Gail Rasmussen, OEA president Christmas break, 2010

Anger at fraudulent legal representation remains unabated


From:
Don Bellairs 
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To:gail.rasmussen@oregoned.org
Cc:Katherine Wentzel ; Betsy Hammond ; billgraves@news.oregonian.com; wendyowen@news.oregonian.com; michael_sanderson@beavton.k12.or.us; Jeanette Armentano ; David Wilkinson ; Hanna.Vaandering@oregoned.org; sen.jasonatkinson@state.or.us; sen.alanbates@state.or.us; sen.brianboquist@state.or.us; sen.ginnyburdick@state.or.us; sen.richarddevlin@state.or.us; sen.jackiedingfelder@state.or.us; sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us; sen.larrygeorge@state.or.us; sen.fredgirod@state.or.us; sen.betsyjohnson@state.or.us; sen.jeffkruse@state.or.us; sen.lauriemonnesanderson@state.or.us; sen.rodmonroe@state.or.us; sen.billmorrisette@state.or.us; sen.frankmorse@state.or.us; sen.davidnelson@state.or.us; sen.floydprozanski@state.or.us; sen.dianerosenbaum@state.or.us; sen.marthaschrader@state.or.us; sen.chipshields@state.or.us; sen.brucestarr@state.or.us; sen.christelfer@state.or.us; sen.joanneverger@state.or.us; sen.dougwhitsett@state.or.us; sen.jackiewinters@state.or.us; en.tedferrioli@state.or.us; Representative Bruce Hanna ; rep.bettykomp@state.or.us; rep.johnhuffman@state.or.us; holly_lekas@beavton.k12.or.us; aanderson@nwresd.k12.or.us; penny.grotting@malesd.k12.or.us; samantha.steele@district6.org; carlson_catherine@salkeiz.k12.or.us; verne.ferguson@orecity.k12.or.us; Karla.L.Forsythe@state.or.us; Deeanna.Hassanpour@state.or.us; David.K.Gerstenfeld@state.or.us; Gary.L.Tyler@state.or.us; William.A.Halpert@state.or.us; Lorrin.M.King@state.or.us; Donna.L.Brann@state.or.us; Wendy Owen ; Betsy Hammond 


Gail,
Sigh...another Christmas with no accountability from the OEA or the state gov't about the unusual circumstances relating to my license suspension, coordinated curiously to correspond with a million-dollar* freedom of speech law suit against some school administrators who had fired me illegally.
I remain angry and distressed by the fraudulent treatment I received as a dues-paying member of the OEA for a decade.  Tom Doyle (a private lawyer with fingerprints on the PERS debacle) maliciously manipulated me while the Hungerford Law Firm took illegal liberties in damaging me and my family on behalf of dishonest Beaverton school administrators.
It is all out there now, Gail, except your recognition that there are some serious problems with the way teachers are represented in the current system.  The way it works now, selfish people will be stealing from Oregon's taxpayers for a long time in the future, drawing retirement benefits for work they never performed.  Real teachers, in the meantime, are chattel in a dysfunctional system that shelters administrators from accountability.
I am very angry at the union you run, Gail.  Every taxpayer in Oregon should be.  I am eager to meet with your board about my legal representation.  It is in the interest of the taxpayers and the OEA's dues-paying membership that I make this request.  I am eager to discuss ways to improve the system for your members.  Where is the accountability for the money I was charged? 
Until you act as a leader, you are not one, regardless of the title bestowed upon you...as a "super-delegate."

Sincerely
Don Bellairs, teacher
2002 min-documentary 
of the Westview High School 
"CAT CREW" 
by WHS media lab...

Beaverton School District's pony-tailed emperor on Harley-Davidson???

Beaverton arts grant depends on novice donor's plan to sell ads on grocery-store receipts

Published: Monday, December 20, 2010, 7:45 PM     Updated: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 6:21 AM
Wendy Owen, The Oregonian By Wendy Owen, The Oregonian (F)irst, does Ms. Owen understand the difference between philanthropy and confidence games?
(R)eally, the Beaverton Schools, run by Kickback Katz and Cover-up Colonna, told the Feds this was legit?
(A)ctually, a pony-tailed Harley rider might be the perfect symbol for BSD finances...
(U)ntil the Beaverton taxpayers wake up and realize this guy is from Washington state!
(D)oes anybody recall that Kickback Katz took a Camas roofer to Texas with her because he gave her such good "deals?"




To Sue Robertson, BSD Human Resources dept, continues to badger former teacher

Awaiting sources of false allegations
From:
Don Bellairs 
View Contact
To:sue_robertson@beavton.k12.or.us
Cc:jerome_colonna@beavton.k12.or.us; Camellia Osterink ; holly_lekas@beavton.k12.or.us

Ms. Robertson:
You recently sent me a letter by certified mail that stated you were acting to deny my access to public property and discredit my reputation because there were (unnamed) employees at the BSD who were afraid for their physical safety because of my (undefined) conduct.
Individuals employed by your office have lied to a federal judge and corrupted a state court.  I believe you are lying and impatiently await the names of those individuals to whom you refer.  This injustice has gone on long enough.
You are yourself a bully and are representing an organization that historically bullies employees with the help of corrupt teachers' union representatives. 
I am hopeful the Beaverton community will one day recognize the damage that is done to our schools by self-interested public "servants" who conceal misconduct with public education money.
Beaverton deserves better.

Don Bellairs, classroom teacher

The system that has been designed to protect Oregon's teachers from corrupt or inept administrators is broken.

Tom Coburn is quoted in the NY Times today, talking about legislative reform and public servants who abuse powers. There are in the nation's capitol a few examples of integrity emanating from both parties...Coburn is one. Our democracy will thrive again only when there are more.

The system that has been designed to protect Oregon's teachers from corrupt or inept administrators is broken. OEA leaders have allowed private lawyers to enrich themselves through a contrivance ironically named the Fair Dismissal Appeals Board, A teacher whose contract is violated is not assured of due process of law in Oregon's courts. My on-going efforts to have legislators address this issue have been largely ignored.

Oregon needs strong teachers. Most of the strong teachers I have worked with are neither lazy nor sycophantic. They are all dedicated to their students; many are opinionated and tenacious in that dedication. I have never known a good teacher who easily adapted to bullying or manipulative leadership.

Until our state's leaders address the unethical management practices found at the top of the education hierarchy, the authentic mission of our schools will be avoided.

Public education is not about social status. Top-down role modeling is the most effective way to influence behavior.

I had asked to resign from my job; Beaverton school administrators were literally cheating me. Expensive lawyers (paid secretly with public education funds) influenced union officials and state employees in an on-going effort to discredit me and damage my career.

I said: "She may have even deserved the part." It needed to be said. I stand by my comment and I am eager to clear the false public record generated by some unethical BSD employees and their contractors because I called attention to their misconduct.


An angry educator confronts "Driot du Signeur" of unaccountable administrators that weakens public schools: To Sue Robertson, Beaverton HR dept.

Respect for classroom teachers, as well as for the law, still missing from BSD HR
From:
Don Bellairs 

To:sue_robertson@beavton.k12.or.us
Cc:Katherine Wentzel ; Camellia Osterink ; holly_lekas@beavton.k12.or.us; Reverend Larsen ; Betsy Hammond ; Karla.L.Forsythe@state.or.us... more


To Sue Robertson, BSD HR director

Ms Robertson,
With the retirement of Jerry Caruthers and the resignation of Vickie Chamberlain, there is a possibility that a new kind of expectation will arise for public school administrators here in Oregon. I fear you and some of your former colleagues at Beaverton (Katz, Hogue, Borquist, Lekas) might not be well-prepared for public service that requires transparent and honest use of public resources.

A lot of Beaverton school leaders haven't had much practice at being honest. Some of you may encounter difficulty working in an environment where you are expected to tell the truth (instead of pay lawyers to conceal blunders and misconduct, a much more costly process to the taxpayer).

I am not a perfect man, but I gave 110% to a school district run by some selfish bullies who were, by and large, cheating the taxpayers with deception and waste. You have become a symbol of that bullying and corruption, Ms. Robertson. You sent deputies to my house (at supper time one summer evening) after misleading them about my conduct. You have made public a bogus “trespass status” and are balking at providing names of people who are “frightened” of me. We both know there are BSD employees who have reason to be frightened of exposure, and we both know I have given them NO reason to fear for their physical safetyIt is ongoing defamation and is costing me money. I have been punished mercilessly because of my truthful statement to Colonna about Janet Hogue's mismanagement of a public school and I have lost a great deal as a result, but I respect the law.

Only one of us behaving criminally, Ms. Robertson. You knowingly conceal the roles of Mike Chamberlain and Hollis Lekas in BSD's illegal termination of my employment contract and my subsequent betrayal by union representatives I had paid for a decade. You continue to cover up the improper communication between your office, the OEA and the TSPC. You work with people who took from school kids for years while preening for the press.

Do you think the Beaverton taxpayers might  appreciate someone trustworthy in your position?

Please send me the names of those who allege to be “afraid for their physical safety.” I believe you to be guilty of the mendacity that seems to radiate from BSD HR. You are currently using a false pretext to deny me access to public property where I intend to voice appropriate public concern about ongoing BSD administrative misconduct and fraud.

You may be, like your predecessors, an administrative bully who has had access to unethical lawyers and are consequently out of the practice of having to respect teachers and their employment contracts. I am very eager for your communication. Please save the taxpayers money by communicating electronically.

Don Bellairs, teacher

To Oregon state senators Rod Monroe and Frank Morse and state representatives Betty Komp and John Huffman

Dear Legislators:
Thank you for the insightful letter appearing in today's Oregonian. Our schools are in worse shape then we think. Too many people have built their careers by protecting their jobs and there has been little accountability and insufficient quality control (I have included copies of teacher evaluations by Westview High School administrators in blogs listed below. A cursory glance will reveal that they are fluff). Successful businesses would not be run that way.
Everyone wants to fix schools...until they have to be honest about what needs fixing. True reform is needed from the top down, but then we are asking the reformers to accept personal responsibility and accountability for their actions.
Doesn't happen in our state's education bureaucracy—I know from experience.
My story is one of a competent if outspoken educator who had experience in other systems (CT, KY, TX and PA) and ran into a top-heavy administration in Beaverton where veteran administrators did not, I would discover, have to value my work, treat me with respect or pay me fairly. I have never had need of a union before so I was naive. If I had known that my union rep and my HR director routinely dined together to discuss my job, I might have opted out of the union and would probably have searched for another job.
I did not know it, but I do now.
While doing challenging work with challenging children, I voiced concerns to a new superintendent in Beaverton at a small faculty gathering. Within eight days, I was fired for sexually harassing the librarian and locked out of my building. My female students were called in and asked pointed and leading questions because, said the administrators, the librarian was a “red flag.”
Apparently one of my administrators had approached this librarian (twice) with a need for a complaint.
The director of the TSPC, who was hired in 2002 by the superintendent who fired me, started her “investigation” of me a year later. The sexual harassment charge had been thrown out so she focused instead on an undocumented allegation from five years before my termination, implying I had asked a seventh-grader to go out to my truck--parked at the time in front of the school office and loaded with supplies--at ten in the morning...inappropriately. That allegation, unsubstantiated by any documentation or testimony, has appeared in The Oregonian and has been used by state officials to harass me for several years.
Nobody gives a damn. My union rep set me up with a manipulative and dishonest lawyer; my brother and I had just moved our terminally-ill mother to Oregon (the salacious news article was the last thing she would read about me). I was vulnerable and distracted.
The administrators who violated my employment contract in 2004 have mostly been “moved on” and will get nice retirement packages. Some have signed “secrecy agreements.” Most of the people who have damaged my career have not been near a classroom—except to pose—in years. Many remain respected members of the education class. They have taken from teachers and taxpayers for years without regard for the quality of their schools, beyond how it affected their public personas.
Most destructive to my career and health has been the conduct of the director of our state's teacher licensing agency, who corrupted a state Office of Administrative Hearings process to protect her cronies; she continues to lead one of the most important organizations in state government, irresponsibly and unethically.
I am eager to contribute to your education reform efforts. Others at your gathering can offer theories and ideas; they will mostly be people who have found success in failing schools. I have anecdotes from the trenches of the largest public school in Oregon where I was successful with kids whom others chose not to teach; I understand why those students are disenfranchised and so would you, if you gave me my voice back.
I will speak for your teachers, those who can't talk themselves for fear of losing their careers.
Sincerely, 
Don Bellairs

Beaverton

Daily rushes from 2003 Westview High School Advanced Media Studies original production "Wishes, Wisemen and Little Pigs"
An original script focusing on parallel action; our "hook was "three's"--missing from each noun in the title.
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After Thanksgiving 2010--To the Beaverton School Board members


Dear Beaverton School District leaders,

I had hoped to soften my rhetoric during the Thanksgiving holiday; this conflict is bad for my health.  However, given the nature of my recent correspondence with a BSD administrator, I am working harder now to include Sue Robertson in an ongoing effort to expose public officials who abuse their authority to conceal misconduct or ineptitude in school management. 

There are a lot of citizens who are sick and tired of bureaucratic authorities who abuse their power for self-interest (this sentiment can only increase as sordid elements of PERS are exposed). The only reason that dishonest Beaverton officials were able to violate my employment contract in 2004 was because lawyers with improper influence with government officials were hired to break the rules.

I realize my daily phillipics are cementing, for some recipients of these messages, the notion I am literally mad:  To you who are immune to evidence, I offer no argument. To those people who may read this and are capable of objectivity: Illness--both mental and physical--is episodic and temporal when not terminal and fatal.  Everyone is vulnerable to mental diseases and sicknesses just as they are to physical ones; measurable occurrences depend on myriad variables.  For the record, I know a lot of sane people who would fight as hard as I am for fair treatment, given the same situation. You (or your representatives employed by the BSD) have stolen something from me that I worked hard for; to that end, you or your representatives paid ruthless lawyers (secretly) to damage my reputation and revise my work history.  

I hate this war with you. The vicious four-year attack on my life that was begun so long ago has destroyed most of what I valued before I began teaching for a school district whose administrators were not required to support classroom education. I had asked to resign without penalty after reporting some serious concerns I had with Westview High School administration; in response, your representatives launched an unnecessary and cruel attack on me, sheltering themselves from accountability by contacting my union representative beforehand.  Those individuals who attacked me, by and large, continue to enjoy nice careers or generous retirements, financed by taxpayers; none has ever been held accountable for misconduct, even though many board members are aware of misconduct.

Finding a way to govern our democracy begins with recognizing that our chosen leaders' initial intentions are to be honorable and trustworthy, yet all (even school board members) are susceptible to the corruption of power. This corruption festers when bureaucracies like the BSD are run in the darkness. When each of you, as school board members and administrators, demonstrate to the public that your teachers are disposable commodities, your teachers' effectiveness is diluted.  (Your continuing collaboration with certain OEA representatives is obscene.)

I am very angry, obviously, every morning.  But the facts demonstrate that Ms. Robertson's cronies are safe from physical danger even (as in the case of Mike Chamberlain, my boss for three months) when they make rude remarks about a disgruntled ex-employee's recently-deceased mother.  I hope to hear from representatives of the Beaverton School Board soon, to clear up this unfortunate debacle.  My license to work was stolen from me by unethical government employees acting to shelter Mr. Colonna and others at BSD who had behaved improperly during my termination.  I would like to teach and resent being prevented by those who won't or can't.

Real teaching begins with role modeling. There may be people on the school board who know that already. Certainly there are members who wish to be perceived as honorable people.  Otherwise, at some point, you will be accountable for the continuing deception of the taxpayers and the simultaneous failing of your fiduciary responsibility.  

Sincerely,
Don Bellairs, teacher


PS Do you really need all those fancy BSD administrators?  How many of 'em can park their European sports cars in public school parking lots and pull off three or four different lesson plans for five classes a day, each packed with 35 disenfranchised teenagers? 



Advanced media project by Jeff Borquist, Westview HS

A Thanksgiving Prayer by a Disposable Teacher

Why a former Beaverton teacher is grateful

*I am grateful Malcolm Dennis no longer leads the state's largest public school.

*I am grateful Gail Vangorder is no longer in public school administration.

*I am grateful Linda Borquist no longer serves as director of human resources for one of Oregon's largest public school districts.

*I am grateful Susan Nisbet is no longer employed as an investigator for the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

*I am grateful Nancy Hungerford is no longer practicing law on behalf of the Beaverton School District administration.

*I am grateful Andrea Sloan no longer works as an Administrative Law Judge for the Oregon Employment Department.

*I am grateful that Ann Jacks was once one of Beaverton's school leaders.  

Peace and love,
Don Bellairs, teacher

Jeff Borquist, whose work in media studies at Westview HS was denied under oath by his mother, Linda, shows his stuff here...

To Oregon State Legislators: Not a Very High Bar for School Administrators





To: Sen Bonamici ; Sen Hass ; Rep Harker ; Katherine Wentzel
sen.jasonatkinson@state.or.us; sen.alanbates@state.or.us; sen.brianboquist@state.or.us; sen.richarddevlin@state.or.us; sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us


cc: gail.rasmussen@oregoned.org; Hanna.Vaandering@oregoned.org; David Wilkinson@oregoned.org


To Oregon state legislators:

As a public school teacher in Oregon, I arrived every morning first in my building for seven years to work in a school system that did not treat its employees or their students fairly.  I worked diligently and appropriately for reform from within the system...most of the administrators with whom I worked showed me respect.

I ran into conflict early with a small group of "insider" teachers and administrators who were threatened by my energy and innovative approach with students as well as angered by my insistence on fair treatment.  They had grown comfortable being unaccountable.

So I was punished for complaining to the new superintendent.

I was thrust into a discipline system that treated me as a second-class citizen and made a mockery of established laws. I met my OEA "lawyer" at the school district headquarters long after Beaverton administrators had informed my union rep that I would need one...I received neither advance notice of my impending termination nor follow-up help from the OEA.  I was appointed a prearranged, dishonest lawyer and discarded by an organization to which I paid dues for ten years.

I waited a very long time and faced many manipulative delays and cancellations.  A "hearing" (with a panel of select teachers and administrators as judges) accepted false testimony and fraudulent documents from high-paid administrators who should never have had their jobs (most of them do not, now.)   My mother was dying of a painful terminal illness while I fought with lawyers being paid with education money (I was fired in part for missing a meeting I was not told about during the summer when I was driving a UHaul with my mother's stuff in it out to Oregon from Kentucky.  That's the kind of stuff they pay to cover up...).

For the next three years, the director of the teacher licensing agency tried, with my union lawyer's help, to force me to sign a confession to those false charges that had appeared in the news without my comments and been presented by Beaverton's lawyers to a convention of COSA, Oregon's union of school administrators.  

The process I experienced as a teacher before and after my termination demonstrate that the problems our schools must face first are deeper than most of us would imagine. I was at first frightened, then angered, by what a few lawyers with public money could do to me without fear of accountability (Beaverton's former lawyers, the Hungerford firm, misled a federal judge without consequence after convincing a state agency director to use her office to harass me for more than 3 years).

The demeaning impropriety of my "legal" manipulation, from school district level through state government, is the best evidence I can provide of systemic dysfunction.  I am hopeful Oregon legislators will practice oversight and direct state employees to follow laws regarding teacher discipline.  I would like my teaching license reinstated unencumbered and my record in state publications cleared of false charges, or I would like the contested hearing which is provided for by state and federal laws.

And please inform Sue Robertson and her supervisors at the Beaverton School District  that they are abusing the letter and spirit of Oregon statutes regarding my access to public property. I regret to report that I continue to be criminalized by unethical people who abuse the public's trust.

Thank you for your representation,
Don Bellairs, constituent



Teaching for America By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN New York Times November 20, 2010




Andrea Sloan, the judge I never met who cost me so much, is gone...

Ding Dong...





Vickie Chamberlain and Andrea Sloan were acting in concert to support a private attorney Nancy Hungerford, who was employed by the Beaverton School District to defend a million-dollar civil suit. Ms. Sloan's "first of its kind in Oregon" finding was designed to shelter lawyers who had behaved improperly.

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain's curiously positive press...To the Oregonian Nov 16, 2010

To Bill Graves, education reporter Oregonian
Teacher effectiveness in Oregon can be improved through a lot of processes, but this article has nothing to do with teachers and everything to do with Vickie Chamberlain and her connection to the destructive leadership emanating from the state's entrenched education bureaucracy.
Ms. Chamberlain has, for years, colluded with OEA lawyers to use illegal "stipulations" to discipline Oregon's teachers, even while she and her friend Nancy "Pass-the-Trash" Hungerford put admitted pedophiles back into the classroom with secrecy agreements (so that Hungerford's deep-pocketed clients in school administrations could avoid egg on their faces). Chamberlain has been endangering children and demeaning the education profession openly for years. Bill Graves wrote about it in February, 2008.
Now she appears in the state's largest newspaper, speaking on behalf of the state of Oregon, under the hardcopy headline that the "state" is following the guidance of a "blue ribbon" panel and she, Vickie Chamberalin, is going to help our schools have better teachers, as she is paid well to do.
She is an phony who enjoys a great deal of political protection. Our schools are full of good teachers now...teachers who lack resources and support. Morale is low, not because of pay, but because of the gross inequities and the often demeaning roles teachers are forced to play in order to keep their jobs.
Admittedly, there are tons of lazy, lousy teachers (I have taught in pubic schools in five states and worked as a sign language interpreter in a sixth--I speak from personal experience). Just as often, there are inept, threatened principals or a handful of kids and parents who have been allowed to sabotage the careers of teachers who did not meet their expectations or needs.  Little is ever said about what happens to the other students in the class when parents like the Sexton Mountain dad pursue self-interested agendas.
Ms. Chamberlain behaved unethically in my case, as she has in the case of many teachers in Oregon. She is not held accountable and somehow appears viable to Mr. Graves. She is shown respect in his writing. The Oregonian printed stories in 2004 and 2005 about my career without ever talking to me.
Ms. Chamberlain is getting several column inches of media exposure in the Oregonian for saying she's gonna use volunteers. What I had to say was important to the reform of our schools.
statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com

PS Vickie Chamberlain was hired by Jerome Colonna, retiring Beaverton superintendent, when he was a commissioner in 2002.


1995 Woodford County (KY) Middle School Accelerated Language Arts unit

Janet Hogue, then CEO of the BSD's fundraising organization, the BEF...

Janet Hogue, then CEO of the BSD's  fundraising organization, the BEF...
...representing herself as superintendent.

Oct 06 letter from new BSD HR director Sue Robertson

Oct 06 letter from new BSD HR director Sue Robertson
...blocking access to evidence that would demonstrate Beaverton administrative misconduct.

Response to Sue Robertson, BSD HR chief, concerning false allegations to conceal misconduct

Response to Sue Robertson, BSD HR chief, concerning false allegations to conceal misconduct

Letter from Jennifer Hungerford, former Beaverton atty referencing BSD money manager Dan Thomas

Letter from Jennifer Hungerford, former Beaverton atty referencing BSD money manager Dan Thomas

Hollis Lekas, former Beaverton HR admin., June 2004 "complaint" to TSPC...

Hollis Lekas, former Beaverton HR admin., June 2004 "complaint" to TSPC...
...after waiting on FDAB results.

Justice delayed...

Justice delayed...

...is justice denied, Tom Doyle-style

...is justice denied, Tom Doyle-style

Former TSPC investigator Nisbet working unethically with Tom Doyle, OEA atty

Former TSPC investigator Nisbet working unethically with Tom Doyle, OEA atty
Her actions were designed to affect the outcome of a federal lawsuit. She lost her job consequently (Like me, she was small enough to fail). The improper use of TSPC "stipulations" and "pass-the-trash" deals effectively lets lawyers and bureaucrats in Oregon education play "God" with student welfare and teacher careers...

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain trying to work a "deal" with Doyle

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain trying to work a "deal" with Doyle
Signing stipulations to protect BSD administrators who violated employment and civil rights laws

OEA Legal Conceals Fraud

OEA Legal Conceals Fraud
Mark Toledo tries to cover up for Tom Doyle

Former OEA President Larry Wolf denial of illegal civil suit filed by OEA atty Tom Doyle

Former OEA President Larry Wolf denial of illegal civil suit filed by OEA atty Tom Doyle
Wolf abdicates leadership of union's membership to OEA "Advocacy"