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

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.  

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.

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

To Hank Gmitro, HYA, on Beaverton School District superintendent search

Protelo est ministro...

Mr. Gmitro:

As you go forward with the important task you have been given, I am hopeful you will help your new employers understand why I work diligently to publicize my grievances after such a long period of time.

After years of 70-hour weeks with kids whom others did not wish to teach, I was fired by phonies who had fled the classroom, if they had ever been there. In a nut shell, I was a "just a teacher" here in Oregon and got punished for asking to be able to do my job.

These are the continuing grievances I have with the BSD school board and with the man whose replacement you are currently seeking (and that I MAY HAVE WITH THE INDIVIDUAL YOU ARE HIRING).

1. I was paid .4 FTE less than my predecessor and successor as Westview Activities Director 2002-2003. I communicated this to the new superintendent, Colonna.

2. Our administrative team had chased away Rosalind Taylor (Westview's only African-American teacher during my 5 years there) and Christie Ford, a deaf teacher who had won acceptance at a hearing high school through three years of hard work in the classroom, as well as many others. I communicated this to the new superintendent.

3. Mike Chamberlain, then new asst. principal whom I would find out (after I was fired) had been put in place to "manage" me, told me that several teachers and I would be sharing the same classroom and technology at the same times in the second semester of the 2003-2004 school year. This over-use of one classroom (S-135, a computer lab that became the digital art room during my tenure) protected the vastness of Westview's drama program, located on the other side of the building, that for a decade had used space designated for other purposes (media) in the original design. Janet Hogue, whose daughters starred in the drama program for many years (I said to Colonna about Hogue's kid: "She may have deserved the part," but he was not enough of a leader to find out why I said it), was on the Westview building-use committee, as well as overseer of the district fundraising non-profit, dispensing grant money and discretionary funding for classes and programs. Mike Chamberlain more or less worked for Hogue when he was my supervisor. He is currently the Westview principal.

I was fired eight days after mentioning these things to the new Beaverton superintendent, Jerome Colonna, for a list of sexual harassment charges that had been invented by Gail Vangorder, Westview asst. principal. She convinced Jennifer Jordan, a librarian to whom I was professional and helpful for five years, to sign a complaint about conduct that was neither "sexual" nor "harassment," that spanned a period of two months. Then the BSD lawyer, Nancy Hungerford, took over. Vangorder has never been held accountable for her misconduct, even thought the Beaverton School Board, after receiving a copy of her testimony against me, changed policies so that what happened to me cannot happen to another teacher.

Ms. Vangorder became a Beaverton school administrator after serving as librarian to the district administration. She currently works in the Lewis and Clark College of Education.

Malcolm Dennis, another Beaverton "principal now incommunicado," was the man who was paid to be in charge at Westview when Vangorder and Mike Chamberlain fired me by sneak attack. I was called to the office of Hollis Lekas, a former neighbor of Hogue's who had borrowed money from her in the past. In Lekas' office, I heard for  the first time about the "sex charges" and how they were a "red flag" that compelled my bosses to call in lots of my female students to ask pointed and leading questions. While Lekas was telling me this (Vangorder was not even there), Malcolm Dennis sat sullenly and silently in the corner. Neither he nor I said a word the entire meeting.

Less than a year later, Dennis came to work drunk once to often and was given a secrecy agreement in exchange for his quick and silent resignation (just three months after providing false testimony against me). He has emerged with a clean work record as a principal in a little high school in White Salmon, WA.

Hollis Lekas fired me twice in a three-day period, once in front of the union rep and once in front of the new lawyer. In the meantime, she called my house looking for work she had not asked about when she locked me out of my work place. She was the person who told me wife I had been fired.

Nancy Hungerford, as Oregon's “expert”education lawyer, has made more money than all of Oregon's other lawyers aggregately by "passing trash" (hiding pedophiles with secrecy agreements to help administrators avoid bad PR). Shortly after my termination, she lied to the Confederacy of School Administrators about my treatment of a student, Craig Crandall. Three years later, she convinced Vickie Chamberlain to ask for a "first of it's kind" decision from an Administrative Law Judge whom I still have never met, Andrea Sloan, that prevented me from EVER calling Craig as a witness. At the time, Hungerford was also representing BSD in a $1,000,000 civil suit for free speech that my union lawyer had convinced me was my "best remedy."

My union representative, Tom Husted, had been attending meetings since the summer where my impending termination was discussed. He never contacted me about any of these meetings. He was already at the BSD headquarters when I arrived on the day I was fired--needless to say he was not surprised at what was taking place. He informed me that Tom Doyle, a private attorney with Bennett Hartman, had been retained by the union as my representative. Doyle manipulated and deceived me at a time when I was very depressed and vulnerable and made in excess of $60,000. No human being on the planet has done more harm to me and my family than the lawyer provided for me by the OEA.

The current OEA vice president, Hanna Vaandering (a Beaverton PE teacher), brought me an illegal
contract in the summer of 2007 to help shelter Doyle's misconduct. The current and past presidents of the OEA refuse to publicly acknowledge Doyle's misconduct.

The director of the Oregon teacher licensing agency (TSPC) is Vickie Chamberlain, who was hired by Jerry Colonna in 2002 when he was a TSPC commissioner). She refused to grant me a hearing as provided for by OAR's regulating teacher discipline; instead, Ms. Chamberlain had a state lawyer (Elizabeth Denecke) request a legal maneuver in state court ("accepting certain facts as true" from an informal hearing without a judge), a maneuver that had just been tried by Nancy Hungerford (on behalf of Beaverton Schools) in federal court, where Judge Robert E. Jones denied it. Chamberlain, with the union lawyer's help, had tried for three years to force me to sign "stipulations" designed to conceal the misconduct of Hungerford and the Beaverton administrators who had fired me illegally. After 3 and 1/2 years of harassment, Vickie Chamberlain, against a judge's recommendation, suspended my license to work for six months. I had to write the Commissioners to force her to tell me of the results of her "findings”--she had just published them on the website without notifying me. The TSPC currently uses undocumented, uninvestigated and unproven events conjured by Hungerford to defame me on state websites.

All of this because I asked to be treated fairly...My mother was dying--we had just moved her to assisted living facilities in Beaverton--and after I had been cheated, I had asked to quit in October. Instead, over the past six years, I have learned about the value of classroom teachers in Oregon.

I am eager for my story to become public so that the teacher discipline process in Oregon can be reformed and so that administrators and state officials who behave improperly cannot use public money to hire lawyers to avoid accountability. These are reasonable requests. I hope you will pass them along.
I am eager to hear from you on the week of the 6th.

Don Bellairs, teacher

2003 Westview High School "Advisory"  program (four-year home room)
Starring A. J. Anderson.  Narrated by Malcolm Dennis, former Westview High School principal. 
Written and produced for Dennis by Don Bellairs and presented at a 2003 staff meeting for BSD adminstrators.

To Hank Gmirto, Beaverton Superintendent Selection Committee

Mr. Gmitro,
You are by now aware of the major players in your new place of employment. You have either been lied to or have been given some salient evidence of past administrative misconduct...I suspect you have been privy to a fair amount of both. The culture in the leadership at Beaverton remains abhorrent, even though a lot of changes have taken place since Yvonne Katz tried to leverage $250K out of unsuspecting taxpayers.

I would not be writing you if some crooked phonies had not robbed me of what I loved to do and then used lawyers to demean me and my family to avoid accountability for some serious misconduct.. You are working for some people who did not actively participate in my witch hunt...and for some who did. You have accepted a very important job and I am eager to discuss with you the many ways in which you can most effectively help our schools...and the many other schools that are mismanaged due to a highly politicized education system here in Oregon that too many people have been using for personal enrichment.

The new superintendent will need a lot of integrity and self-awareness...he/she is going to work with some very self-interested people who have used public schools as status ladders. My bosses, before they lied about my work, chased off the 1) only black teacher that was hired at the state's largest high school in the 5 years I was there, as well as a 2) deaf woman who taught amazing ASL classes but ran afoul of administrators and parents because of her (naive) high expectations of her students. Nobody was paid fairly or given equitable assignments. The "associate superintendent" routinely answered complaints about job conditions with a veiled threat about the licensing agency (TSPC) requiring a long notice period.

You are diving into a sewer, Hank. Read the Times article below--In Beaverton, you have a very intelligent citizenry who has been deceived by professionals (see: Hungerford Law and Maureen Wheeler, "spokesperson") for a very long time.

Sincerely, Don Bellairs, teacher

How Cities Pick School Chiefs, for All to See
Published: November 12, 2010

It is not always pretty. It may resemble a beauty pageant or a paintball contest more than a government exercise to determine how to go about educating a generation of children. But despite the unusual secrecy surrounding New York City’s recent search for a convention-defying schools chancellor, other cities have managed to get unorthodox results through more orthodox means.

San Diego chose a retired Naval officer to head its schools after putting him and two other finalists on television to talk about their vision. Pittsburgh picked a former Massachusetts legislator, and Denver selected a former telecommunications executive and political adviser in Hong Kong — after putting them through a very public hazing.
“Going through a process like this did not create any major concerns for me,” Bill Kowba, the retired Navy admiral, said Friday. “As we came up through the ranks in the Navy, there was a very strong embedded tradition of leadership and accountability and the public calling for responsibility for your actions.”
Discussing his choice this week of Cathleen P. Black, the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on his radio show on Friday that a more public search for chancellor would have been damaging.
“To go through a lengthy process in the middle of a school year is just not something in our kids’ interest,” Mr. Bloomberg said. Besides, he said, nobody would apply if the process were too public, because “it’s too embarrassing to them if they don’t get selected.”
The mayor said he kept a list in mind of potential candidates for high-level jobs, and was “always trying to think if any of our commissioners or deputy mayors, you know, the way I phrase it, got hit by a truck — just as a euphemism — I know pretty much who I would make my first call to.”
But experts who have studied other chancellor searches, and some superintendents in other cities who have been through them, said that while the mayor made some valid points, a more public process, especially in the final stages, brought transparency and accountability to the school system that could give credibility to a new leader.
“I don’t think it’s unreasonable to see how the candidates size up in their performance in the public limelight,” said Thomas Payzant, a professor at the graduate school of education at Harvard who was superintendent of the Boston schools from 1995 until 2006.
“You get to see a side of them that you might not otherwise see,” he said. “And it’s a two-way learning experience. You’re learning a lot about the leaders in the community and what the issues are in that day and a half, and getting a lot broader view than if you just read a lot of things on paper.”
Mr. Payzant himself went through a trial by fire before being appointed superintendent. As one of three finalists for the Boston job in 1995, he was asked to spend a day and a half meeting with parents, teachers, union leaders and community members, to participate in a public forum and even to write an editorial for The Boston Globe addressing school issues. At the time, he was an assistant secretary in the federal Education Department.
Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition of urban public school systems, said: “In most places they do a search of some kind. There’s some sense of transparency about the process.”
Experts noted, however, that there had been a move toward more private searches, especially in cities like New York, Boston, Chicago and Washington, where there is strong mayoral control of schools. “I think in mayor-controlled districts you see the mayor make the decisions,” said Timothy Knowles, director of the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston was criticized for the board’s selection of Mr. Payzant’s permanent successor, Carol R. Johnson, in 2007 after a discreet search. Still, Ms. Johnson was screened by a committee of school board members and community leaders.
Latasha Thomas, a Chicago alderman, said Mayor Richard M. Daley had been secretive in choosing Ron Huberman, a former police officer and public transit chief. The choice led to protests after the announcement was made. (Mr. Huberman, appointed in 2009, is resigning effective this month.)
Mark Roosevelt, the Pittsburgh schools superintendent, said his candidacy became public when he was a finalist.
Though he would have preferred confidentiality, he said, there was no harm done because he had told associates he was looking for a job. “It gives people an opportunity to Google you and do forensic research,” he said.
Mr. Roosevelt, a former state legislator and Democratic nominee for governor of Massachusetts, is leaving after five years in Pittsburgh to become president of Antioch College. This week, community organizers held a town-hall-style meeting to discuss what they wanted in his successor.
“We think it actually helps the school board to know what are our priorities,” said Carey Harris, executive director of A+ Schools, a community organizing group that hosted the meeting.
The Denver school system is required by state law to publicly reveal its finalists, and then to wait 14 days before offering a contract, said Theresa Pena, a school board member and the board’s former president.
In its last search, the board “got blasted,” Ms. Pena said, for declaring only one finalist, and a white male insider at that: Tom Boasberg, a former Hong Kong businessman and political adviser there, and the school district’s chief operating officer from 2007 to 2009. Ms. Pena said the board used the waiting period to introduce him to the community.
In some ways, the experience of other cities is not that different from New York’s last chancellor search under an independent board of education, before Mr. Bloomberg took control of the schools in 2002.
“It was a pretty frenetic and unstructured kind of search,” recalled Harold O. Levy, the chancellor who served before the current one. “Shall we say, it was not coldly efficient, but rather had more the trappings of a political convention.”
Mr. Levy said he watched at home on TV as the board of education voted him in, “and then I had a drink.”

Daily rushes from 2003 Westview High School Adv. Media original production "Wishes, Wisemen and Little Pigs"

In an effort to learn the structure of story-telling, we focused on "three's"--missing from the list in the title. (To English teachers: Do you use the 'Oxford comma' after "Wisemen"?

OEA "Advocacy": Mark Toledo and Tom Doyle manipulate OEA member with unjustified TSPC harassment and illegal federal case

From: Tom Doyle
To: bellairsd@yahoo.com Sent: Wed, August 16, 2006 1:30:24 PM Subject: Status

I received a call from Beaverton's attorney asking if I was still representing you.  It is my understanding that I am, both on the employment matter and TSPC. Is this correct? I assumed that you had been paid your check, based upon your not contacting me, but then I found out you had not. I would like to get this matter resolved by discussing this with the District's counsel, but I do not want to have a doubt as to my representation of you when I do that.


From: Tom Doyle <doylet@bennetthartman.com>
To: bellairsd@yahoo.com
Sent: Tue, August 29, 2006 3:04:54 PM
To follow-up on your discussions with Hannah Vaandering from BEA, I have reviewed the agreement that she will be giving to you.  It is my understanding that you will be signing it, having it notarized, and give it back to her to give to BEA.

Once again, I do not know if you still want me representing you on this or TSPC, but I feel I have to continue until you tell me that you do not.
Tom Doyle


From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2007 11:46 AM
To: Tom Doyle
Cc: Larry.Wolf@oregoned.org; mark.toledo@oregoned.org; erika marion; Hanna Vaandering; LeeAnn Larsen;  Karen Horowitz; info@nwpe.org; 
Subject: Resolution
Re: Civil case #CV-04-770-JO
District of Oregon

In response to my request for a document freeing me from any financial responsibility to you, you have asked me to cover costs of preparation for the civil suit. 

Public documents indicate my case against the Beaverton School District was settled in March 2006.  I am under the impression that you have held my check for almost a year.  You have withheld the settlement money to attempt to force me to sign stipulations for the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.  I have refused to do that and have been deprived of what is legally mine. 

I recently defended myself in the TSPC matter, three years after I was fired.  This was what you were once hired to do. 
I trusted you.  My mother was dying.
Please send my check and the document I requested immediately.  If you feel you are owed something for your work on the civil suit, you should bill someone who has benefited by it. 
Receipt of my check and the release document will end our need to communicate further.

Don Bellairs


Sent: Fri, February 16, 2007 2:28:45 PM
From: Tom Doyle <doylet@bennetthartman.com>
I do not have your check from the District and never have had it. You know that. 
I never told you I was withholding your check and certainly never wanted to force you to sign a stipulation.
Recently, you wrote me asking for a release of the attorney fees you owed me.  I said I would but that I could not release costs. That doesn't mean I have your check.



From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 12:48 PM
To: Toledo, Mark [OR]
Cc: Wolf, Larry [OR]
Subject: accountability

Mr. Toledo,
I received your letter regarding your meeting with my wife and brother.  Do not scold me again. I believe that you are aware that the union-appointed attorney has manipulated me and allowed his close associates representing the  Beaverton School District and the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to trample my rights as a contracted professional educator and as a human being. 

You and I have had this discussion.  I have been cheated and defrauded.  I can prove it and will if necessary.  I am very uncomfortable with your position--it confirms what I have feared the most.  I have encountered a system of cover-ups and concealment--people with obvious conflicts of interest are not held accountable.

Arrange for me to meet an attorney who will treat me with respect at your earliest convenience.  The "inconventient truth" is that my membership in the BEA has been very costly to me--people have stolen a large part of my life unnecessarily, because they could.  Hopefully some changes will result from my case. 

I await word from the new attorney.  Additionally, I am hopeful Mr. Wolfe comes to Salem at the end of November.  If he is truly an advocate for teachers, he will be ashamed of what has been allowed to happen.

Don Bellairs


----- Original Message ----
Sent: Friday, November 3, 2006 2:04:46 PM
Subject: RE: accountability
Mr. Bellairs
In response to my October 31 letter you have told me to arrange for you to meet an attorney.  I need to clarify your request.  The message that your wife Tonya left with me was that you would proceed through the TSPC matter without OEA legal assistance because I would not guarantee OEA legal assistance through the TSPC hearing.  Please confirm that your request to assign new legal counsel is made with the understanding that OEA is not guaranteeing unconditional authorization of legal assistance through the TSPC hearing.  I will make the assignment of new legal counsel as soon as I receive confirmation of this understanding.  Liz Joffe is the attorney who I will assign your to your case.

Mark Toledo


From: Don Bellairs
Sent: Friday, November 03, 2006 2:47 PM
To: Toledo, Mark [OR]
Cc: Wolf, Larry [OR]; Karen Horowitz
Subject: Re: accountability

Mr. Toledo,
Liz Joffe co-authored a book with Nancy Hungerford, Beaverton's (former) lawyer who has defamed me with perjured testimony and who has apparently made a cottage industry out of covering up for unethical administrators who abuse teachers, including Malcolm Dennis, (formerly) of Westview High.
Who is in charge of our union?  Who is paying for it?
Don Bellairs, teacher


Sent: Friday, November 3, 2006 3:17:04 PM
Subject: RE: accountability

Mr. Bellairs
Liz Joffe is an excellent attorney with the highest of ethical standards.  Liz has 12 years of experience and I have no reservations or doubts about her ability to represent you and advocate your interests in a competent and professional manner.  Would you like me to assign Liz to your case or not?  If not, I accept your decision that you do not accept the reassignment of your case to Ms. Joffe and I do not plan to reassign your case to any other OEA attorney or authorize continued LDP funding for your TSPC matter.  If you would like to appeal my decision to the OEA Legal Defense Committe, please notify Erika.  Because of the pending TSPC hearing I recommend that you seek separate legal counsel to assist you with your TSPC matter without delay.
Mark Toledo
General Counsel


From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent:Fri Nov 03 17:12:36 2006
To: Toledo, Mark [OR]
Cc: Wolf, Larry [OR]
Subject: Re: accountability

Mr. Toledo,

I can appreciate your endorsement of Ms. Joffe--it was not long ago that you were saying similar things about Mr. Doyle.  I am certain Ms. Joffe has excellent credentials. 

My request is that you provide me with funds to hire an attorney that is not associated with the OEA, the TSPC or other education bureaucracies on a regular basis; I have been mistreated, misled and "managed" by the first attorney you appointed to protect my rights.

It is November 2006, Mr. Toledo.  Your attorney has told me for over a year that I had to sign a list of unproven, uninvestigated stipulations which will be used to further disgrace me before I get the settlement of a civil suit you have all agreed was my "best remedy."  Then he conspired to delay any opportunity I may have had to be treated fairly.

You are abusing my civil rights to cover up a lack of oversight and accountability.

"Fool me twice..."

Don Bellairs
Re: accountability
From: Toledo, Mark [OR]
To: Don Bellairs
Sent: Fri Nov 03 18:20:12 2006

Mr. Bellairs.
I am denying your request.
Mark Toledo


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"