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

To: Senator Mark Haas (concerning his work on the TSPC's "pass-the-trash" method of covering for bumbling school administrators) January 27, 2009

transparency
Tue, January 27, 2009 3:46:41 PM
From:
Don Bellairs
View Contact
To: sen.markhass@state.or.us
Cc: sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us; rep.brucehanna@state.or.us; Betsy Hammond
Sen. Haas,
I am reading about your important work regarding "passing the trash."
I have input about the unethical conduct of the head of the TSPC, Victoria Chamberlain, and an attorney representing the OEA who have helped acquaintances at a large school district "pass the trash" (to another state) in an effort to smear teachers who asked that administrators do their jobs.
This is an important point apparently left out of the current discussion: If they can hide the deviants, can they not also harass the dissidents?
From personal experience (three and 1/2 years of it), I know they can harass the dissidents. (Re: Susan Nisbett, former investigator for TSPC)
Transparency and accountability, sir. There are a lot of greedy people doing well on public education money. Madoff Morality: "If I'm rich, I'm right."
Keep up the good work. It is needed.
Sincerely,
Don Bellairs

To: Randy Kayfes, director of security Beaverton School District (concerning Mr. Colonna's mysterious "advisory Council") January 21, 2009

Re: Time Study Attendance
Wed, January 21, 2009 5:52:39 PM
From: Don Bellairs
View Contact
To: Randy Kayfes
Cc: Betsy Hammond ; Mary Hawkins
Mr. Kayfes,
Did the superintendent and his advisory Council provide you with a reason for their decision? I have grown protective of my speech rights when I interact with some of your colleagues.
I remember meeting you when you and Mr. Moore came to my house. I was not there, as you remember, the following morning when you awakened my wife with the letter from Sue Roberts that must define what you call my "trespass status." That is a new term to me.
In any event, thank you for your response. I do not have any hard feelings towards you, Mr. Kayfes. I get the sense that you do parts of your work reluctantly.
Don Bellairs

From: Randy Kayfes, director of security for Beaverton School District (denying access to public meeting) January 21, 2009

Time Study Attendance
Wed, January 21, 2009 9:05:22 AM
From:
Randy Kayfes
View Contact
To: Don Bellairs
Cc: Mary Hawkins
Dear Mr. Donald Belairs,
Your request for permission to attend the Instructional Time Study Meeting at Southridge High School has been forwarded to me. The Superintendent wanted me to advise you that he and his advisory Council do not want to deviate from your current trespass status. They did want me to affirm that your wife is more than welcome to attend and bring forward your concerns and comments.
Randall Kayfes
Public Safety Director
Beaverton School District no. 48

From: Betsy Hammond, Oregonian (on becoming famous one day) January 19, 2009

Re: white in the face...
From:
Betsy Hammond
View Contact
To:Don Bellairs

Hey Don, thanks for your kind words!
I have to admit: I missed the Say Hey reference to Willie Mays. I wasn't even aware he was the Say Hey kid and I didn't realize all he had done to educate folks. Thanks for educating me!
The organization of the story was mine, but an editor did trim it back from 80 inches to 60 inches. He deserves credit.
I don't write the headlines -- but I know it is very hard to do well. I thought that one was pretty good...
A lot of white people really, really hated this article. To a degree that surprises me. They seemed to read all kinds of things into the story that just weren't there. (That somehow either I or The Oregonian thinks white is bad.... ) It is very disheartening in particular to read the racist reactions of a lot of readers who posted on line. So the fact that you can parse it much more intelligently and see what is there and not there... well, I really appreciate it.
Enjoy tomorrow! You are right it will be one for the history books,
Betsy Hammond

>>> Don Bellairs <bellairsd@yahoo.com> 1/19/2009 12:32 PM >>>
betsy,
really a great piece sunday. i read it perfunctorily the first time and suddenly realized how much information you had shared without seeming to take a position...very hard to do in race discussions.
it is truly expository art. the organization is deft--you flow effortlessly from some stats to someone's personal insight to a concise summary statement...a buffet of palatable information.
it was consciousness-raising and damn good journalism. even focus-challenged people will be able to talk about your article at the water-cooler this week: you told your story in the first line. your editors truly helped you if they were part of the organization...and if you did it all on your own, then i humbly confess i'm not in your league and you can discontinue reading my quixotic entreaties and rambling polemics...
i have to stretch to find something to criticize: a) i'm not sure the headline doesn't cute it up, but the more i think about it, the more i realize i'm thinking about it, so it must be pretty good (and i'm pretty sure that's not your call); b) when you discussed Ms. Nakamura's gatherings, i did want you to reference Willie Mays, the Say Hey Kid who, as a baseball player and citizen in san francisco after WWII, helped a lot of people in the country grow to appreciate the virtuosity of black americans; and c) you made Dina Dinucci so interesting that i was disappointed not to find her photo.
i believe you're gonna be famous one day. i would use this article to teach my media studies classes if i were still permitted to teach in oregon.
peace,
don
(bigtime history made tomorrow, huh?)

From: Betsy Hammond (concerning Malcolm Dennis, former Westview principal, and his mysterious departure from Beaverton) January 2, 2009

Interesting pieces, Don.
I think I probably disagree with both of them in the end, but worth thinking about.
I like your ideas better -- certainly the afternoon of high schools (and the mornings) could be put to different and better use.
I didn't actually look for Malcolm. But that's just bizarre that he would come to school drunk and think he could get away with it. How did you find out the real reason he was fired? Classic Beaverton to cover up the real reason.

- Betsy Hammond

Don Bellairs
12/28/2008 9:14 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/opinion/28murray.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/opinion/28miller.html

betsy,
you are a penpal of sorts. i find myself happy about that. you are also an expert on education in oregon. above are two timely pieces--i felt compelled to call them to your attention.
the key idea is recurring: the complete re-invention of what we think of as "school."
my model would include
1. "open classes" (video-audio broadcasts of classes);
2. half day school with morning three and 1/2 hours of focused work time for everybody. productivity would be measurable. "afternoon school" opens up the process and should emphasize individualized activities.
3. reassignment to private sector or to a categorically different part of public school (maybe "afternoon school"?) of the monolithic, big-budget elite programs in sports and presentation activities like drama and choir. this will take a lot of work...

the NYT op-ed page y'day has a piece about "goo-goo" government, or the return of the expectation of integrity in our leaders. part of public school needs to be free of covet-able stuff--those cool activities that offer more money and extra prestige. when that is gone, the focus will return to the learners and will be more egalitarian. new schools need to be lean and green; the Hummer coach/principal and his Porsche-driving supervisor should become relics.
happy new year. enjoy the news.
and peace to you and your family,
don b
ps did you find malcolm?

From: John Atkins, asst. to Senator Suzanne Bonamici (refusing to investigate state employees tampering with federal lawsuit)

RE: investigation should start immediately
Fri, December 19, 2008 11:44:56 AM
From: Sen Bonamici
Add to Contacts
To: Don Bellairs
Mr. Bellairs,
The Senator has reviewed your e-mail and will keep your case in mind should any legislation come across her desk regarding this issue.
Best regards,
John Atkins
Legislative Assistant
State Senator Suzanne Bonamici

From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 6:35 PM
To: Sen Bonamici
Cc: SEN Ferrioli; REP Hanna; Betsy Hammond
Subject: investigation should start immediately

Senator Bonamici,
This is my fifth Christmas being victimized by state employees. If you read through Doyle's manipulative message below, you will realize that he was behaving outside the law to protect people who have cheated the taxpayers whom you have been elected to represent. He made $60,000 for his efforts.
I told Jerome Colonna and Tom Greene that Ms. Hogue benefited personally from her position as director of the BEF. She used her influence to create opportunities for her daughter that were not available to many of the students at Westview, resulting in an atmosphere of inequity that destroyed morale.
Because I told the truth, I am victimized by a secret hearing held by state employees that, as Doyle says below, is "first of it's kind in Oregon." Let's make it the last, shall we?
I stood up to abuse and unfair labor practices in a poorly managed school. You must realize that OEA employees are complicit in sheltering Doyle and have violated state and federal laws by failing to provide me the legitimate legal protection I had paid for. People are covering up for school administrators who are, demonstrably, thieves and liars--I am hopeful you rise above all of this and use your position on the state judiciary committee to do what's right.
Merry Christmas
Don Bellairs

Cover Up Committee
Linda Borquist (early retirement)--hid the fact I was teaching her son; presented fraudulent documents and lied under oath
Hollis Lekas (transferred from personnel dept)--broke state laws in reporting improperly to TSPC in effort to cover up
Malcolm Dennis (forced resignation) --ecret agreement; lied under oath
Gail VanGorder (early retirement)--lied under oath
Vickie (Let's Make a Deal) Chamberlain--secretly places pedophiles back in Oregon classrooms; ignored state law governing teacher discipline; harassed me for three and 1/2 years; abuse authority to tamper with results of federal law suit in Judge Robert E. Jones court
Susan Nisbet (fired from TSPC job)--used her position to cover up for Beaverton officials
Jamet Hogue (retired from BEF; now in "special" teaching position)
Yvonne Katz (forced resignation for taking kickbacks --Spring Branch TX)
Tom Doyle--breach of faith; conflict of interest; malpractice
Nancy Hungerford--influencing state officials to affect the results of a federal law suit
Hanna Vaandering--complicit in offering illegal second settlement


SEE THIS EMAIL MSSG FROM JANUARY 2006

-----Original Message-----
From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 5:26 AM
To: Tom Doyle
Subject: Re: TSPC Case

do not do anything

Tom Doyle wrote:
Don:
Here is the memo I referred to on Friday. I was going to put it into a letter, but give your recent e-mail, I wanted to get it to you ASAP. I also received an e-mail from your brother asking me to "interface" with him regarding your case, so I am cc'ing him on this e-mail also. Per your instruction, I will not send out anything challenging the ALJ's decision until I receive a go ahead from you, although I will prepare it since if you decide to challenge the decision, I would like to do it ASAP after you make that decision.
Tom
Dear Don:
I am writing pursuant to your request that I provide a more detailed explanation of the effect of the Administrative Law Judgeʼs recent ruling in your case. The TSPC had asked that the ALJ find that certain findings of fact from the FDAB decision be applied to the TSPC case. We countered that the FDAB decision could not preclude litigation of those issues for a number of reasons, including that it was an unreviewed decision. Unfortunately, the ALJ agreed with TSPC. This means that the judge will accept as true several allegations relating to alleged misconduct that we had hoped to contest at the TSPC hearing. At this point, we have several options to challenge this decision. Our choice as to which option to pursue is influenced by tactical considerations relating to the pending Court of Appealʼs case. Specifically, it may be of some value to move the TPSC case forward quickly to obtain a decision before the Court of Appeals issues a decision. This is true because one of our strongest arguments against preclusion is that FDAB decision is unreviewed at this time. However, a challenge to the ALJʼs decision will slow the time for having a hearing. Therefore, when reviewing these options we must consider the effect of the timing of these decisions. The balance of this letter is to review those options.
First, we can appeal this decision to the Chief Administrative Law Judge. The Chief ALJ can review the decisions of subordinate ALJʼs. I think in light of the fact that our current ALJ rendered a decision inconsistent with a Federal Judge on this same issue, that we have a chance of success going this route. It is likely, but not certain, that we will have to reset the currently set hearing if we are appeal this decision.
Second, from the Chief ALJ, we can appeal to the Commission. It is unlikely that the Commission itself will reverse the ALJʼs decision, so this route is unlikely to result in an change in the current posture of this case. Arguably though it is prerequisite to our third option, below.
Third, we may file what is called an interlocutory appeal to the Court of Appeal from the Chief ALJʼs or the Agencyʼs decision, if it is adverse to us. The courtʼs granting of such a petition is unlikely, but this is an important issue that may be of interest to some court of appeals judges.
Fourth, we can do nothing in terms of a direct appeal of the ALJʼs decision, and proceed with the TSPC hearing. We would then make our challenge to this decision part of any appeal on the merits, if the ALJ rules against us on the merits. The advantage to this position is that it moves the case forward potentially ahead of the Court of Appeals decision on the FDAB case, thus strengthening our case on any TSPC appeal. Of course, though, the Court could issue a decision this week affirming the FDAB decision, in which case, the strength of any challenge to a TSPC case will be weakened.
Ultimately, the question is as follows: do we challenge the decision now or do we include any such challenge in any appeal to an adverse TSPC decision? There are advantages and disadvantages to both directions. Would we prefer to know definitively the "lay of the land" on the TSPC hearing before the hearing? Certainly. However, there are tactical advantages to proceeding with the hearing and making the preclusion issue a cornerstone of any appeal. In any such appeal though, if the Court of Appeals affirms the FDAB in the meantime, then it is likely that the court will not find the preclusion finding by this ALJ to be reversible error. Given that fact, it makes the most sense to challenge this ALJʼs decision now through steps one through three above. At this point, an appeal the Chief ALJ has the highest likelihood of obtaining reversal of the ALJʼs decision. Appeal to the Agency and the Court would be the next steps. We are prepare to file such an appeal immediately if this is your wish.
Finally, we should talk about possible settlement. As you remember, over a year ago, the Commission was willing to settle this matter for a reprimand, probation, and an agreement to go through an alcohol evaluation and follow-up treatment. You rejected that offer. Again this past December, the Commission was willing to enter into the same agreement. However, you rejected that offer also. It is possible that Commission will be willing to enter into the same agreement now, although in December they said that that was your last time they would make an offer of that level of sanction. With your authority, we can broach the subject again, although we would have to be willing to sign off on the exact offer they gave us before. However, part of the reason you rejected that offer was that it would have a prejudicial effect on a related piece of litigation you have pending in Federal Court. At this time, entering into this stipulation would still have a negative consequences on the Federal lawsuit, which is scheduled for trial in March.
In sum, I know the ALJʼs decision is unfortunate. It is the first of its kind here in Oregon and must be challenged through some route. The question is, what method of challenging this decision is in your best interest as a tactical matter. There are a number of matters to take into consideration: the effect of the FDAB decision on the TSPC matter, the effect of the TSPC matter on your federal case, and the effect of Federal litigation on those administrative proceedings. I hope this memo provides a certain level of clarity on those considerations. In the end, my gut says to challenge the decision now.
-----Original Message-----
From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 9:07 PM
To: Tom Doyle
Subject: No further action

Mr. Doyle,
Do not act further on my behalf until we have had a chance to meet. Do not appeal actions or send documents that represent me.
Don Bellairs

From: Betsy Hammond, Oregonian (on accountability) December 15, 2008

Re: new year ahead to tell truth to public and media
Mon, December 15, 2008 5:00:05 PM
From:Betsy Hammond
View Contact
To: Don Bellairs
Your snow comment is funny; I never thought about that.
Is Malcolm Dennis still working in White Salmon? How did you get a copy of his deposition? (Why he would think to show up drunk in front of students and parents is another question.)
I agree there are a lot of ways that education officials escape accountability. What seems wierd about your case is that the union, which is supposed to be doing its all to protect you, seems to have hurt you. That seems bizarro and is not a public policy issue/problem but a private union deal.
- Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian

>>> Don Bellairs 12/15/08 4:10 PM >>>
Betsy,
Your last article contained a snippet I found interesting--it seems that there is always a way for education officials to get around accountability. Our state wasted a ton of resources by expecting CIM/CAM to work without grading accountability. The Ky Education Reform Act (KERA) was very similar to CIM in the goals of it's writing component KIRIS...I may have the distinction of being one of the few English teachers who was trained in both programs--although the scope of my training in KY was far different than in Oregon. The distinction: one program convinced its teachers to learn more about teaching composition while one was treated as an imposition, at least at the state's largest high school where I was working. Huge waste of taxpayer money.
School officials are able to use associations with the teachers' union and the licensing board to deceive the public and the media. Malcolm Dennis, Westview's short-term principal, spent two years doing a fraction of the work he was paid for as principal and then got a confidentiality agreement and a "package," even though he was caught drunk at work...That was not the story your paper was given... A lot of good teachers (and, by extension, their students) have had terrible experiences because the Beaverton system was paying lawyers more than teachers. I wonder how good ol' Mr. Dennis got a job in White Salmon without the BSD deceiving his perspective employers.
I am hopeful to have my license returned and my record cleared during the upcoming legislative session. It will be easier to enjoy events like the upcoming holidays when I feel I live in a place where everyone, regardless of their income level, is protected by the law.
I hope you are enjoying the snow. There is an irony in the way people who can see snow year round by merely looking east still get all excited when it falls around them.
Peace to you and your family,
Don Bellairs

OEA lawyer without accountability manipulates member with conflict-of-interest "million-dollar" law suit







Oct. 7, 2005
Tom Doyle, OEA attorney
Bennett-Hartman

Tom,

I appreciate the information you have provided in your letter, although it makes no mention of the TSPC case. Apparently you were expecting a phone call from me. I have not called you because I have had nothing to say. It is too much work to get information from you that I feel I can trust It is important to me to learn what you have been paid for regarding my representation and to discuss with the union how it has served me. Belonging to an association like the OEA should be an empowering experience, but I have felt like a second-class citizen. I would like for our next meeting to be with Tom Husted. Sometime after the first of the year.

With regard to settlement, I have heard from a reliable source that Linda Borquist’s job is in jeopardy. I am hopeful that my case will seal her fate—or at least speed her departure. She has cheated teachers in many ways, directly and indirectly. I was teaching her kid on my lunch hour. She lied under oath, many times. The last thing my mother ever read about me in the newspaper was a nasty inference about inappropriate activity with a kid, a lie manufactured by reprehensible people. Her employee, Malcolm Dennis is being paid more than $60,000 to be quiet about my case after being drunk on the job. Tanya and I lost more on the house than $60,000. I have more evidence and have been in touch with teachers who are willing to testify on my behalf. Additionally, I am building a website to publish excerpts from the FDAB testimony, the Westview Systems Audit by Kathy Leslie, former BSD administrator, and other documents that will embarrass Borquist and Janet Hogue. I am prepared to go to the press or to court. The district does not want the publicity.

Additionally, you never mentioned the settlement sum to me before this letter, although there have been many times when we have discussed settlement processes. How did you arrive at it, and when? Perhaps we should have discussed it before you asked me to pay you. In any arena outside your curious legal system, you have lured me with a "Bait-and-Switch."

When we met, you characterized yourself as a bomb dropper--or some such nonsense. You were unprepared and late for the FDAB hearing and the aftermath has been less than satisfactory. I have always had trouble getting in touch with you and I have never been satisfied with the information you have provided. You have lied to me many times—frequently while looking directly at me. I have never been a criminal and yet that’s how I have felt in our interactions. Quite frankly, Tom, you are not trustworthy and it has been a terrible feeling to be dependent on you for justice. I have felt discounted by the process and demeaned by you.

Finally, when we met with Mark Toledo, you led me to believe that TSPC had requested a delay in my hearing. Your letter of last week indicated you have asked for it. This inconsistency is a common thread in our relationship. Please write me and tell me what specific arrangements have been made with the TSPC. I am tired of being surprised.

With regard to $1220.95 due to Bennett Hartman: When we made our arrangement, you stated directly that you did not expect payment from me until I had received a judgment. I would like to continue with that understanding.

You state correctly in your letter that this has been a difficult process for me. I have nothing left to lose and have a lot to fight for, not the least of which is the value of the union representation for teachers. You go on to suggest that your office has been an effective advocate for me. We are in disagreement there. I see a lot of room for improvement and hope I can use my case to illuminate this highly unbalanced process for teachers that eliminates null hypotheses and disregards due process to allow the folks with the money to do what they want.

You should be ashamed of the way you have defended me. No, you should be jailed.

Don Bellairs

Cc Tom Husted
Mark Toledo

Hollis Lekas, BSD administrator and former Hogue neighbor, submits vague complaint to TSPC months after OAR guidelines allow.

Hollis borrowed money from the Hogue's when her first husband died and repaid them by abusing her authority as a public school administrator.

To: Betsy Hammond, Oregonian (on being thankful) Fri, November 28, 2008

Thankful
Fri, November 28, 2008 9:52:45 AM
From:Don Bellairs View Contact
To:Betsy Hammond
Cc:sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us; Sen Bonamici ; rep.brucehanna@state.or.us
Betsy,
I am grateful for your objective reporting of the education system in Oregon. I am hopeful that you will help me with my ongoing conflict with the TSPC in the upcoming year--I have lost a lot in my effort to be treated fairly by the teachers' union and the licensing board.
I have a sense that oversight and accountability in gov't agencies are high on the agendas of our state's legislators as the new year approaches. All Oregonians can be thankful for that. Big self-insured school districts with large fund-raising programs, huge hidden bank accounts, and half-million-dollar secrecy agreements create a lot of opportunities for unethical people to use the common wealth selfishly.
Happy holidays,
Don Bellairs
ps The former student I mentioned several weeks ago who played Odysseus for our class movie in the seventh grade?--he had a line in 'Twilight.' : ) Those are the good days...

MEADOW PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL C-HALL 7TH GRADERS PRESENT
THE ODYSSEY
Starring Gavin Bristol as Odysseus (Twilight 1 and 2; Management; Extraordinary Measures)


"In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less."
--Lee Iacocca

To: Matt Lawrence, legislative policy advsr. (for help getting Sue Robertson, BSD HR dept, to release documents) Wed, November 12, 2008



documents
Wed, November 12, 2008 (9:47:58 AM
From: Don Bellairs View Contact
To: Matt Lawrence
2 Files View Slideshow Download All
response 2 robertson 10-10-06.jpg (662KB); letter fr Sue Robertson 10-9-06 about email to colonna.jpg (703KB)

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matt,
i have a favor to ask. i requested a document (actually two) from a BSD employee, Sue Robertson (administrator in Beaverton's Human Resources Dept.) when I was trying to represent myself in the state hearings. the letters are self-explanatory. you have more experience with the acquisition of public documents than i do.
thanks ahead of time for any help you can provide.
don

2003 WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS' NIGHT (FRESHMAN LIT/COMP)

Cover Up: Linda Borquist and Beaverton Schools attorney Linda Hungerford provide secrecy agreement for Malcolm Dennis, former Westview High principal


From: Karen Horwitz, NAPTA president (on "Why I Keep Fighting") Thu, November 13, 2008

RE: Why I keep fighting...BEAVERTON APPEALS BOARD UPHOLDS TEACHER'S FIRING
Thu, November 13, 2008 10:39:19 AM
From: Karen Horwitz View Contact
To: Don Bellairs
Don,
I like this because it is easier to follow than most of your stuff. Your case is so complex, an intentional thiing they do, that it is hard to follow. But this provides a good teaching moment.
Can I forward it to other members who might be interested and might want to network? Are you okay with that? I know you wanted anonymity with your story. Do you still need that? We should publish this as a story leaving off identifying names if need be or if you are okay with it, just publish it. I am careful about mentioning others' names so would go through it and make sure it isn't going to create problems. My goal is to teach and this teaches.
I am very determined to get into the inner circle of Obama and I want to have specific stuff - I have plenty, but I have a good eye for the best. Also, when I do the oprah proposal, are you ready to come out of the closet. I need to have a sense of where you are at to proceed.
I am traveling on Sat and will be busy, but will be back on the computer next week so let's make sure this doesn't fall through cracks. This is a good piece with a balance of your thoughts and an article. I like that.
Karen
Karen Horwitz
teacherkh@aol.com

From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 11:15 AM
To: Karen Horowitz
Subject: Fw: Why I keep fighting...BEAVERTON APPEALS BOARD UPHOLDS TEACHER'S FIRING

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Don Bellairs
To: sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us; Sen Bonamici ; rep.brucehanna@state.or.us
Cc: Betsy Hammond ; gail.rasmussen@oregoned.org
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 9:12:55 AM
Subject: Why I keep fighting...BEAVERTON APPEALS BOARD UPHOLDS TEACHER'S FIRING
Below is a copy of the last newspaper article my mother read about me.
Following the publication of this article, Nancy Hungerford, former Beaverton School District lawyer, gave a presentation to every school administrator in the state about my treatment of a student, Craig Crandall, using as evidence the false testimony provided by former Beaverton administrators in the FDAB hearing. I tried repeatedly to have Crandall's voice added to my defense--but, as you have seen if you are reading my messages, the union attorney, Tom Doyle, and state employees contrived to hold a secret hearing to accept "certain facts as true." A casual check of their high school transcripts will reveal that Crandall and his younger brother both took elective classes with me after the "incident." (My conflict in this matter was actually with the asst. principal, Vangorder, who was insisting I give Crandall an "A" after he skipped three weeks of class. There is some FDAB testimony related to this.)

The article notes a conflict with a staff member, a certified employee who had graduated from Westview two or three years before I arrived. Mike Ali was the technology director at the then-largest high school in Oregon, even though his education consisted of a Westview degree. (I believe he was hired because he was a smart teenager who had impressed Westview's administrators with his loyalty.) I complained that he was moving and altering passwords on computer equipment without informing me, making it impossible for me to hold students accountable or to assign grades for projects with deadlines. This conflict had been resolved under the supervision of the former principal, Len Case, but resurfaced when he retired.

Finally (and this is where my stomach turns even after five years), the belittled kid from 1999 stayed in my class after this alleged truck incident for which I have been so seriously punished--she could easily have been reassigned to her contained class--she was in my class voluntarily, as a mainstream option. The state is currently publishing defamatory information on their website and encumbering my teaching license based on an unnamed substitute employee's undocumented claim that I took a 12-year-old to my truck improperly many, many years ago--after which she was allowed to return to my class and I was allowed to continue as a teacher for several more years, earning raises and promotions while working with the girls' basketball team and the student government. That this level of slander can appear so easliy in print speaks to the scope of the problem with our education bureaucracy.

"Certain facts as true"...? I am being told to take anger management classes and report to the TSPC administrator who abused me. This is like going to your rapist to get treatment for the STD you developed.

As I told Mr. Colonna and Assoc. Supt. Tom Greene (now of the TSPC executive committee?) on that fateful night which abruptly ended my teaching career, there were a number of unfair labor issues at Westview, some of which remain unresolved today. I continue to be punished maliciously and unfairly for my truthful remarks. My mother taught special ed. kids for 35 years. She died watching me suffer. Her heart was broken.

BEAVERTON APPEALS BOARD UPHOLDS TEACHER'S FIRING
Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
August 5, 2004
Author: DAVID R. ANDERSON - The Oregonian
Summary: The Westview High teacher was rightfully terminated, the panel says as it reverses a sexual harassment claim
An appeals board has rejected the case of a Westview High School teacher who claims he was fired because he raised concerns about favoritism toward wealthy students.
The Oregon Fair Dismissal Appeals Board ruled that Donald Bellairs was insubordinate and neglected his duties as a teacher. The board also concluded that Bellairs had engaged in "a pattern of angry and disrespectful outbursts, as well as other unprofessional and disruptive communications, towards students, parents, staff and administrators."
Bellairs plans to appeal the ruling to the Oregon Court of Appeals, said his lawyer, Thomas Doyle. The appeals board improperly used past incidents involving Bellairs to judge whether he was insubordinate and had neglected his duties during the past school year, Doyle said.
The appeals board supported Bellairs' claim that he did not sexually harass another staff member at the school. That was one of three reasons the Beaverton School Board fired Bellairs in February, according to the appeals board's analysis.
But the board found that Bellairs was insubordinate during a teachers' meeting with Superintendent Jerry Colonna in January. Bellairs complained about a student who had been given the lead in a drama production, saying it was because her parents were active in the school and donated money to the drama program. Bellairs, who had a history of conflict with the girl and her parents, spoke in a disrespectful manner, the appeals board found.
And Bellairs neglected his duty by failing to complete grades for students in January after he was placed on administrative leave.
School district officials said they were limited in what they could say, because Bellairs is continuing to appeal the case. But Linda Borquist, an associate superintendent for human resources, said the outcome confirms the district's actions.
"About all I can say is that we're glad there's a process to review our practices and procedures to make sure we treat our employees fairly," she said.
It was the first time in Borquist's 12 years in the district's human resources department that a teacher has taken a firing to the appeals board. The two sides conducted a three-day hearing before the three-member panel in June. The board made its decision late last month.
Bellairs has filed a $1 million federal lawsuit against the Beaverton School District, claiming the district violated his First Amendment rights, defamed him and interfered with his ability to get a home mortgage. He is seeking compensation for severe emotional and physical injury, plus lost wages, punitive damages and attorney's fees.
Both sides claimed that the appeals board decision helped their case in the lawsuit.
Doyle said that the ruling actually helps Bellairs' case, because the appeals board rejected the sexual harassment grounds and not all the board members agreed that the grades issue was grounds for firing.
"We feel this case supports our federal complaint," Doyle said.
The district hired Bellairs, 51, in fall 1997 to work at Meadow Park Middle School. He transferred to Westview High in September 1999, where he taught media studies, keyboarding and English.
The appeals board's 24-page order reveals new facts about the district's reasons for firing Bellairs. It describes a history of incidents going back to his time at Meadow Park. They include:
* An accusation that Bellairs took a female student at Meadow Park into his pickup in the school parking lot and belittled her, using inappropriate language.
* A confrontation at Westview High after a staff member changed computer passwords without telling Bellairs. Bellairs was accused of angrily confronting the staff member and a vice principal. Other staff members who witnessed the outburst said they were frightened.
* An ongoing dispute that started over video equipment between Bellairs and a student and his parents. After the student returned a camera a day late, Bellairs said the boy couldn't use equipment for the remainder of the year. The boy's father asked for the decision to be reversed. After a series of meetings, which included one that left the student in tears, administrators placed a memo in Bellairs' file directing him to treat other employees and students with respect.
* An accusation by a female staff member that Bellairs hugged her and made suggestive comments that made her uncomfortable. The woman said she didn't say anything to Bellairs because she was afraid of his angry outbursts. Although the appeals board found that Bellairs' actions didn't amount to sexual harassment, they said it was further evidence of the effects of his outbursts.
David R. Anderson: 503-294-5199; davidanderson@news.oregonian.com

To: Matt Lawrence, legislative advisor (re: Patronage/ conflict-of-interest involving Janet Hogue, Hollis Lekas and Tom Husted) Mon, November 10, 2008

a place to begin
Mon, November 10, 2008 8:22:02 AM
From: Don Bellairs View Contact
To: Matt Lawrence
lekas letter to TSPC in summer 04.doc (2041KB)
Matt,
I hope our legislature is aware of my dilemma when the session starts.
Any investigation of the TSPC should begin with Hollis Lekas, currently of the Beaverton Schools. State law says that when she calls a teacher a witch, she is supposed to be able to point to a broom and a cauldron, and she is supposed to do it in 30 days. That is a good law.
In my case, she waited several months before she forwarded a letter from Jerome Colonna that she knew contained false and unsubstantiated charges. I pray someone holds her accountable; I was at her home with her husband (my friend and colleague at Westview HS) three days before she ended my career.
I have faith in the system. I have done my part. You know that I appreciate any time you have put in on my cause. This has been a long and lonely road.
Peace,
Don
When the time is appropriate, I have a lot of positive ideas about improving big schools. Maybe one day...

Westview HS (Beaverton Oregon) 2001-02 Girls Basketball Sr. Tribute video

Qualifying for the playoffs in Coach Jeanette Armentano's second year with the Wildcats...

Yao Tzio and Jeff Hanson Westview HS (Beaverton OR) Media project "Eyes of the World"

An insider's look at being different in a school full of people who are being different.

To: Matt Lawrence, policy advisor to Oregon legislature Sat, November 8, 2008






Fwd: Re: TSPC Case
Sat, November 8, 2008 4:34:33 PM
From: Don Bellairs
View Contact
To: Matt Lawrence
Fwd: Re: TSPC Case.eml (41KB)
Note: Forwarded message is attached.
matt,
as i go through my emails to prepare for what is coming, i find this one. this has to be illegal. the OAR's do not allow for this sort of manipulation of a teacher by the state. doyle is a union employee selling out a member.
i have a lot of trouble reliving this. i hope the legisature can help me clear my record.
soon.
thanks
don

Note: forwarded message attached.
Fw: Re: TSPC Case
Re: TSPC Case January 31, 2006 5:26:13 AM PST
From:"Don Bellairs"
To:"Tom Doyle"

do not do anything

Tom Doyle wrote:
Don:
Here is the memo I referred to on Friday. I was going to put it into a letter, but give your recent e-mail, I wanted to get it to you ASAP. I also received an e-mail from your brother asking me to "interface" with him regarding your case, so I am cc'ing him on this e-mail also. Per your instruction, I will not send out anything challenging the ALJ's decision until I receive a go ahead from you, although I will prepare it since if you decide to challenge the decision, I would like to do it ASAP after you make that decision.
Tom

Dear Don:
I am writing pursuant to your request that I provide a more detailed explanation of the effect of the Administrative Law Judge’s recent ruling in your case. The TSPC had asked that the ALJ find that certain findings of fact from the FDAB decision be applied to the TSPC case. We countered that the FDAB decision could not preclude litigation of those issues for a number of reasons, including that it was an unreviewed decision. Unfortunately, the ALJ agreed with TSPC. This means that the judge will accept as true several allegations relating to alleged misconduct that we had hoped to contest at the TSPC hearing. At this point, we have several options to challenge this decision. Our choice as to which option to pursue is influenced by tactical considerations relating to the pending Court of Appeal’s case. Specifically, it may be of some value to move the TPSC case forward quickly to obtain a decision before the Court of Appeals issues a decision. This is true because one of our strongest arguments against preclusion is that FDAB decision is unreviewed at this time. However, a challenge to the ALJ’s decision will slow the time for having a hearing. Therefore, when reviewing these options we must consider the effect of the timing of these decisions. The balance of this letter is to review those options.
First, we can appeal this decision to the Chief Administrative Law Judge. The Chief ALJ can review the decisions of subordinate ALJ’s. I think in light of the fact that our current ALJ rendered a decision inconsistent with a Federal Judge on this same issue, that we have a chance of success going this route. It is likely, but not certain, that we will have to reset the currently set hearing if we are appeal this decision.
Second, from the Chief ALJ, we can appeal to the Commission. It is unlikely that the Commission itself will reverse the ALJ’s decision, so this route is unlikely to result in an change in the current posture of this case. Arguably though it is prerequisite to our third option, below.
Third, we may file what is called an interlocutory appeal to the Court of Appeal from the Chief ALJ’s or the Agency’s decision, if it is adverse to us. The court’s granting of such a petition is unlikely, but this is an important issue that may be of interest to some court of appeals judges.
Fourth, we can do nothing in terms of a direct appeal of the ALJ’s decision, and proceed with the TSPC hearing. We would then make our challenge to this decision part of any appeal on the merits, if the ALJ rules against us on the merits. The advantage to this position is that it moves the case forward potentially ahead of the Court of Appeals decision on the FDAB case, thus strengthening our case on any TSPC appeal. Of course, though, the Court could issue a decision this week affirming the FDAB decision, in which case, the strength of any challenge to a TSPC case will be weakened.
Ultimately, the question is as follows: do we challenge the decision now or do we include any such challenge in any appeal to an adverse TSPC decision? There are advantages and disadvantages to both directions. Would we prefer to know definitively the "lay of the land" on the TSPC hearing before the hearing? Certainly. However, there are tactical advantages to proceeding with the hearing and making the preclusion issue a cornerstone of any appeal. In any such appeal though, if the Court of Appeals affirms the FDAB in the meantime, then it is likely that the court will not find the preclusion finding by this ALJ to be reversible error. Given that fact, it makes the most sense to challenge this ALJ’s decision now through steps one through three above. At this point, an appeal the Chief ALJ has the highest likelihood of obtaining reversal of the ALJ’s decision. Appeal to the Agency and the Court would be the next steps. We are prepare to file such an appeal immediately if this is your wish.
Finally, we should talk about possible settlement. As you remember, over a year ago, the Commission was willing to settle this matter for a reprimand, probation, and an agreement to go through an alcohol evaluation and follow-up treatment. You rejected that offer. Again this past December, the Commission was willing to enter into the same agreement. However, you rejected that offer also. It is possible that Commission will be willing to enter into the same agreement now, although in December they said that that was your last time they would make an offer of that level of sanction. With your authority, we can broach the subject again, although we would have to be willing to sign off on the exact offer they gave us before. However, part of the reason you rejected that offer was that it would have a prejudicial effect on a related piece of litigation you have pending in Federal Court. At this time, entering into this stipulation would still have a negative consequences on the Federal lawsuit, which is scheduled for trial in March.
In sum, I know the ALJ’s decision is unfortunate. It is the first of its kind here in Oregon and must be challenged through some route. The question is, what method of challenging this decision is in your best interest as a tactical matter. There are a number of matters to take into consideration: the effect of the FDAB decision on the TSPC matter, the effect of the TSPC matter on your federal case, and the effect of Federal litigation on those administrative proceedings. I hope this memo provides a certain level of clarity on those considerations. In the end, my gut says to challenge the decision now.

-----Original Message-----
From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 9:07 PM
To: Tom Doyle
Subject: No further action

Mr. Doyle,
Do not act further on my behalf until we have had a chance to meet. Do not appeal actions or send documents that represent me.
Don Bellairs

Tom Doyle wrote:
Don:
I haven't forgotten about you, I'm just trying to be thorough in my e-mail/letter explaining the decision.
Should have something by Monday.
Tom
"Lawyers Working Hard for Hard Working People"
Thomas Doyle
Attorney Bennett Hartman Morris and Kaplan
111 SW 5th Avenue
Suite 1650
Portland, Oregon 97204
doylet@bennetthartman.com

To: Betsy Hammond, Oregonian Tue, October 28, 2008

Teacher Dignity
Tue, October 28, 2008 11:09:44 AM
From: Don Bellairs
View Contact
To: Betsy Hammond
Cc: sen.tedferrioli@state.or.us; Sen Bonamici ; Raul.Ramirez@state.or.us; John M MANN

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Betsy,

I have sent you (for the record) a copy of an email I sent two years ago to Mr. Greg Bell, an attorney who was, at that time, a TSPC commissioner. (As you can see, I have also attached additional documents I feel may be helpful to you in seeking the truth.)
After Mr. Bell received my email message:
1) Within weeks, the TSPC began requiring schools to follow the OAR’s governing timely reporting of disciplinary matters.
2) One year later, I discovered that my union attorney (Doyle) and state lawyers (Denecke, Sloan) had held a secret hearing “accepting certain facts as true” about an allegation ("P. Lass-1999")) for which there has never been any documentation or testimony presented at any hearing. This salacious charge was improperly added to the “findings” of the FDAB after the hearing and then placed in the Oregonian--after the BSD's bogus sexual harassment charge fell through--otherwise, I would merely have been a teacher being fired for insubordination after asking to be treated and paid fairly.
2) A little over a year later after I sent Mr. Bell the attached email message, I attended an extra-legal “hearing” (with DOJ Atty Ramirez and ALJ Mann) designed to lend imprimatur to false allegations and to cover up the secret hearing with Sloan/Denecke/Doyle .
3) Two years later (three and ½ years after I was dismissed), in August of 2007, the TSPC director (Chamberlain) acted on my case, ignoring the recommendation of the judge and suspending my license. She did not tell me about her action--I discovered it on the TSPC website and had to write to the commissioners to get confirmation.
During this extended period of time, the union attorney and the TSPC director tried frequently to force me to forgo my right to a hearing and instead sign "stipulations." I refused, so Nancy and Jennifer Hungerford,(former BSD attorneys) colluded with the union lawyer to withhold a civil judgment against the BSD...for a year and 1/2 after the court was told it was settled. I finally wrote the judge myself and got a check in November of 2007--not before the Hungerfords had lied to the federal judge and the public about my case, and not before a teacher, Hanna Vaandering, brought me a different, extra-legal contract drawn up by the current BSD attorney, Camille Osterink.
Many, many thousands of dollars have been spent beating up on me (and keeping this quiet), unnecessarily. There is evidence (Borquist's testimony at the FDAB) that I tried to quit just a few months before I was dismissed.
At Beaverton, I encountered an out-of-control system in which administrators exploited and bullied employees with the support of the OEA representative assigned to that district. I am frightened by the number of people who have contributed to a process that turns vulnerable teachers into second-class citizens. A culture of disposable teachers erodes our school systems; dissent is stifled by sycophantic apparatchiks who serve some powerful masters.
Some things you might want to ask around about if you still have interest in my situation: What happened to all those Westview adminstrators? Did principals at Westview really have the ability to change teachers' grades? Why did Leslie Associates do a "systems audit" of Westview for the BSD after my dismissal? Why did Susan Nisbett, the TSPC investigator who harassed me for two and 1/2 years, get fired? Why did Malcolm Dennis, the former Westview principal, sign a secrecy agreement after his suspicious resignation? Why did Linda Borquist resign early after the board reviewed her handling of my "sexual harassment" charge? Why did Janet Hogue and Hollis Lekas change jobs?
and...
Can anyone hold the OEA accountable? They have defrauded me.
Thanks,
Don Bellairs, teacher

To: Betsy Hammond, Oregonian Sat, October 25, 2008

Deception
Sat, October 25, 2008 8:51:18 AM
From: Don Bellairs
View Contact
To: Betsy Hammond
Betsy,
The title of today's editorial about the OEA's misleading advertisements is sure to create a reaction among your readers--it hurt me viscerally because I know that the teachers' union is led by individuals who use teachers' money to represent special interests. The OEA does not speak for Oregon's teachers so the headline is unfair.
But the "Sizemore advertisements" (using classroom teachers (?) in gloomy close-ups as vehicles to scare voters) are reprehensible and serve as evidence of the character of the union administrators. It is unfortunate that our political culture has evolved to a place where leaders of an organization representng public educators would be comfortable using such blatant propaganda.
I am very appreciative of the fact that the Oregonian's editors have the courage to take on the OEA, an organization that uses teacher money to employ lots of lawyers.
Don Bellairs

Beaverton OR Meadow Park Middle School Gavin Bristol in "The Odyssey" 1999

Starring Gavin Bristol as Odysseus (Twilight 1 and 2; Management; Extraordinary Measures)

To: Betsy Hammond, Oregonian Wed, October 15, 2008


Linda Borquist
Wed, October 15, 2008 8:01:05 AM
From: Don Bellairs
View Contact
To: Betsy Hammond

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cc Linda Borquist former BEA HR director "linda@leslieconsult.com" linda@leslieconsult.com



Betsy,
I taught this woman's son Jeff in several elective video production classes...He was a great kid and pretty talented. He was doing an independent study with me (a highlight vidoe of Charles Douglas's cross-country team) when she fired me. She was not asked about this in the FDAB hearing (?). The union must not have felt that was pertinent to my defense.
I have attached excerpts from the FDAB transcript about the issue that is most troubling to me--the finding about a Meadow Park kid going to my pick up truck that was used in the newspaper.
There is no testimony or documentation about that incident beyond the FDAB panel's strange finding and the TSPC's secret hearing. I was frightened at the time that Mrs. Lass was allowed to act beyond the range of a guidance counselor--I called one of the parents involved and met with him (Mr. Williams). I got in trouble for that--but the incident underwent a horrible metamorphosis by the time it appeared in the Oregonian in late summer of 2004.
For the record, the folks being discussed were not approached by my union lawyer to testify. I wrote Mrs. Lass's son a recommendation letter to Colorado State after he took several elective classes from me (1999-2001) and I helped Rachel William's make a highlight video for a college she really wanted in Atlanta the semester I was fired (2003-04). She was accepted. I was working with Bob Hermann's daughter Nicole on the last day of my employment, alone and unsupervised., two hours before Hollis Lekas said I was unfit to work with Beaverton's kids and locked me out of my school.
This has been a five-year epic that I did not deserve. I have testimony proving I asked to be quit because I was being treated unfairly. Instead of providing help, my supervisors threatened the status of my teaching license (presciently).
I would love to be talking to you about the work I did with kids, Betsy. I have examples stretching back decades. I was honorable mention Teacher of the Year in Kentucky before I came to Beaverton. I have a video I will bring to my meeting with you of The Odyssey that I made in 1999 at Meadow Park with 130 seventh graders and all the teachers and special population kids. It even features the kid I have been disciplined by the state for "belittling"--she stayed in my class, as did all the kids I am accused of mistreating. All the kids the BSD and state officials are using to discredit me were in my classes well after the incidents in which they were players. I guess the union didn't feel that kind of information was relevant to the FDAB panel who judged me. Just the bogus sexual harassment and salacious innuendo.
Again, thanks...I have so much to say.
Don
BTW, the star of The Odyssey, back in 1999, was a clever and telegenic seventh grader named Gavin Bristol. (He and I were working on a project during the middle of his senior year when I was unexpectedly fired--I had taught some of those kids from the sixth grade to their senior year.) Gavin will be appearing soon as a principle player in the new Jennifer Anniston movie Management--which will lend some public interest to the video I share with you.

To: Betsy Hammond, Oregonian Mon, October 13, 2008

The "Lawyer"
Mon, October 13, 2008 8:59:48 AM
From: Don Bellairs
View Contact
To: Betsy Hammond

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Betsy,
I hope I am not taking liberties by overwhelming you with messages. I have interpreted your interest as sincere journalistic desire to pursue the truth, and I have some formidable adversaries and have been at this alone for some time.
I am attaching some emails in the hope that you will also get a chance to get Tom Doyle on the record before you and I meet. He was the attorney I met in the BSD Human Resources office one fateful winter day in 2004. You may come to understand why I used to feel I could not be in the same room with him. Now, in what I recognize as healthy progress, I am eager to confront him about his curious representation of me (and the many thousands of dollars he was paid by the union for it).
I have kept several dozen email and written interactions with him over a period of years--he was a loquacious manipulator.
Thanks for your time and attention,
Don

To: Malcolm Dennis, Columbia (WA) High principal Mon, October 13, 2008


To Malcolm Dennis, principal
Columbia High School
White Salmon, WA

public awareness
Mon, October 13, 2008 2:13:11 AM
From:Don Bellairs
View Contact
To: malcolm.dennis@esd112.wednet.edu
Mac
I met with Linda Borquist the other day...she's working with peasants in China and India these days. She told me some interesting things about you and your record at BSD.
I am currently working to help Oregon state legislators and some reporters recognize that some former and current Beaverton employees have broken the law to conceal administrators' behaviors from the taxpayers. The FDAB is in need of change.
I have sent the legislature and the media copies of your FDAB testimony. I am hopeful you will cooperate with any investigation that may occur.
Oh, Linda Borquist thought there might be a problem with your references from BSD after your termination there. I'm not sure that Beaverton HR employees were supposed to cover up your questionable conduct at Westview.
Hope you are doing better with your substance issues. I gave up drinking a long time ago--makes you forget who your friends are. I will remember for a long time your contribution to my career while my mother was dying. I hope you get a lot of exposure in the coming months.
Don Bellairs

Westview HS (Beaverton OR) Media Studies student project 2002

Zak Huerta's insightful self-study Spring 2002

From: Betsy Hammond, Oregonian Fri, October 10, 2008


Re: excellent journalism
Fri, October 10, 2008 3:27:39 PM
From: Betsy Hammond
View Contact
To: Don Bellairs
Don:
Thanks so much for your email and for saying nice things about my coverage. I hadn't read the Beaverton newpaper's story until you pointed it out -- what a puff piece straight from the district's PR office.
If you have time, I would love to talk with you, on the record or off the record, about what you know from the inside of Westview High.
If it is true that some quality teachers in the Beaverton system have been deprived of fair opportunities to teach, that's terrible and I would like to know more about it. Ditto if it's true that r
Westview teachers who hold students accountable were vulnerable to harassment and dismissal. It was easier to give an inflated grade than invite conflict with a misguided administrator and/or self-interested parent.
I know there have been several changes in principals at Westview over recent years, and that can make a difference, or not, in how things are done. I think I would benefit from what you know from your years of experience there.
You can reach me at 503 294-7623.
Thanks!
- Betsy Hammond

>>> Don Bellairs 10/10/08 10:47 AM >>>
Ms. Hammond,
I was impressed with your article about school rankings in yesterday's Oregonian. I was particularly interested in the contrast between your approach and the article in the Beaverton paper covering the same information...but sheltering district administrators from accountability for high school rankings.
It has been my experience that some quality teachers in the Beaverton system have been deprived of fair opportunities to teach. This relates to your article because you quote a Westview administrator who offers two rationale for her school's scores: 1) that Westview's rankings are lower than other schools because kids and parents don't take it seriously and 2) that 700 kids are hard to (re)test.
Some pertinent questions for Ms. Russell would be: How many new and inexperienced teachers are assigned to test these big 10th grade classes full of younger (read: harder-to-manage) kids? and Why would kids and parents at other schools take the tests any more seriously?
I discovered when I taught there that Westview teachers who held students accountable were vulnerable to harassment and dismissal. It was easier to give an inflated grade than invite conflict with a misguided administrator and/or self-interested parent. This unfortunate situation may well account for the unusual number of high grades awarded there (your paper ran an article last spring about the generous number of valedictorians at WHS). It may also contribute to a work ethic that is reflected in declining scores.
Good work with your article. I am a fan of succinct, accurate reporting.
Sincerely,
Don Bellairs
Do you know the economic concept, "Law of the Commons"?

From: NW Professional Educators Wed, October 8, 2008

Friends Don't Let Friends Teach Uninsured
Wed, October 8, 2008 8:39:23 AM
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To: NWPE_Members_and_Colleagues@list.nwpe.org
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From: Bud Moore, Beaverton Assoc. Supt. Mon, October 6, 2008

Re: citizenship
Mon, October 6, 2008 6:56:09 AM
From: Don Bellairs View Contact
To: Bud Moore
Cc: larry_bue@beavton.k12.or.us; lori_casteel@beavton.k12.or.us; kyle_dobashi@beavton.k12.or.us; sandra_douglass@beavton.k12.or.us; eric_eldien@beavton.k12.or.us; jim_keehn@beavton.k12.or.us; michelle_schaffner@beavton.k12.or.us; greg_therrien@beavton.k12.or.us; marty_warner@beavton.k12.or.us... more

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Mr. Moore,
I believe current employees at Westview run the same risks I did should
words, contractual and civil rights that are protected by law. For five
years,I have been unfairly subjected to abuse because of my membership
in the BEA. My note to you about my recent meeting with Linda Borquist
confirmed that.
I am looking for ways to improve the system and protect vulnerable
teachers who go into the trenches daily with some challenging kids for
far less money than administrators and union lawyers are paid.
I would like to achieve a sense of justice for my personal situation,
also. A lot of education money has been spent depriving me of a voice.
Don Bellairs, teacher

On Wed, 30 Jul 2008 13:50:45 -0700, "Bud Moore"
Bud_Moore@beavton.k12.or.us> said:
Hello Mr. Bellairs:
Thank you for the email and willingness to share your
perspectives/concerns. As I understand your prior teaching
responsibilities within the District, you likely worked with the
principal appointee during your concurrent years at Westview. In addition to my
last four years in the BSD, I also had an opportunity to work indirectly
with the individual for a number of years in our concurrent tenures in
the Hillsboro system, and resultantly believe I have a reasonable
understanding of his educational leadership skills, as well.
Given the recent "blood under the bridge" history, all too well known to
both of us, as well as previously expressed preferences for restrictive
access to respective properties, I'd suggest that you delineate you
referenced concerns via a subsequent email. I will, as appropriate,
confidentially share your perspectives with both Deputy Superintendent
Sarah Boly, as well as the designated regional administrator for the
Westview region.
Again, thank you for your expressed willingness to share your
perspectives.
Bud Moore
Deputy Superintendent
Operations and Support Services

To: State Senator Suzanne Bonamici, Tue, September 30, 2008

TO SENATOR BONAMICI:
EVIDENCE OF STATE EMPLOYEES TAMPERING IN FEDERAL LITIGATION (tspc COVERING FOR LINDA HUNGERFORD AND THE OEA LAWYER)

federal case--withheld settlement evidence
Tue, September 30, 2008 4:30:03 PM
from: Don Bellairs View Contact
To: State Senator Suzanne Bonamici
5 Files Download All
doyle hushing me up.doc (33KB); Second settlement agreement August 2006.doc (3126KB); Jones from Doyle.txt (6KB); Second settlement agreement August 2006.doc (3126KB); doyle hushing me up.doc (33KB)


----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Jennifer Hungerford
To: Cindy_Schultz@ord.uscourts.gov
Cc: njhlaw@aol.com; bellairsd@yahoo.com; Camellia_Osterink@beavton.k12.or.us; Tom Doyle
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2007 2:39:40 PM
Subject: Re: Bellairs v. Beaverton School District, et al., Civil 04-770-JO
Judge Jones:
This is to follow up on my earlier message. I confirmed with the School District that no settlement agreement was ever signed by Mr. Bellairs. After Mr. Bellairs refused to sign the original settlement agreement, a new agreement was negotiated, and although there were representations that it was agreeable to Mr. Bellairs and would be signed, it was not.
Thank you.
Jennifer Hungerford
The Hungerford Law Firm
Direct line: 503-722-8612
Fax: 503-657-7977
jennifer@hungerfordlaw.com
www.hungerfordlaw.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Doyle [mailto:doylet@bennetthartman.com]
Sent: Monday, July 9, 2007 03:16 PM
To: Cindy_Schultz@ord.uscourts.gov
Cc: njhlaw@aol.com, bellairsd@yahoo.com, 'Jennifer Hungerford'
Subject: RE: To Cindy Shultz--Judge Robert E. Jones' office Bellairs v. Beaverton School District, et al., Civil 04-770-JO
Judge Jones:
I no longer represent Mr. Bellairs. To my recollection, no settlement
was put on the record.
Thank you.
Tom Doyle

-----Original Message-----
From: Jennifer Hungerford [mailto:jennifer@hungerfordlaw.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2007 4:00 PM
To: Cindy_Schultz@ord.uscourts.gov
Cc: Tom Doyle; njhlaw@aol.com; bellairsd@yahoo.com
Subject: Re: To Cindy Shultz--Judge Robert E. Jones' office Bellairs v.
Beaverton School District, et al., Civil 04-770-JO
Judge Jones:
I was one of the attorneys representing Beaverton School District in
>this matter. It is my understanding that there was a settlement reached
by the parties in March 2006. I do not believe that the terms of the
settlement were made a matter of record. The Beaverton School District
was prepared to release the funds upon the receipt of Mr. Bellairs'
signature on an original copy of the agreement, but the District was
never provided an original copy with Mr. Bellairs' signature. I believe
that in the fall of 2006, Mr. Bellairs had direct discussions with the
Beaverton School District (who now also employs in-house counsel). We
have contacted the District and will provide the Court with further
information as soon as we receive it.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Jennifer Hungerford
The Hungerford Law Firm
Direct line: 503-722-8612
Fax: 503-657-7977
jennifer@hungerfordlaw.com
www.hungerfordlaw.com

-----Original Message-----

From: Cindy_Schultz@ord.uscourts.gov
To: doylet@bennetthartman.com,jenhungerford@hotmail.com,njhlaw@aol.com
CC: bellairsd@yahoo.com
Fw: To Cindy Shultz--Judge Robert E. Jones' office

Subject: Bellairs v. Beaverton School District, et al., Civil 04-770-JO
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 10:25:16 -0700
To: Counsel
From: Judge Robert E. Jones

Please read the communication received from Donald Bellairs. If there was a settlement in this case, was it made a matter of record? If the case in fact has not settled, I will grant Mr. Bellairs 30 days to find a replacement lawyer, reopen the case without fees, and proceed to trial.


DANIEL NEPPLE , CARMEL CALLAHAN AND LYDIA GROENENDYK in Westview Media class "The IN Pill"

From: Karen Horwitz, NAPTA president Mon, September 29, 2008

RE: NW Prof Educators Update
Mon, September 29, 2008 12:15:41 AM
From: Karen Horwitz View Contact
To: Don Bellairs
Just wanted to update you on things. Still working on the list of speakers and at this point my biggest problem is not enough time for more people so it doesn't look good for justifying bringing any more people here. But things could change. Just thought I'd let you know it is unlikely to work out at this point, but I feel certain things will be popping soon and maybe all over the country. Karen
Karen Horwitz
teacherkh@aol.com

From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2008 10:08 AM
To: Karen Horwitz
Subject: Re: NW Prof Educators Update
No worries. I am flexible. It's probably 4-5 hundred for tickets between PDX and Dulles or National. If it doesn't work out, at least this is a concrete step toward you and I working together.
The hardest part for me is the solitude--representing myself. You, it seems, have an atty-spouse. Mine is a programmer for the Girl Scout council who has never had a parking ticket. She was cruelly affected by dirty tricks in the early going, so I have tried to keep her shielded for the past two years.
If I go to DC, I will tell her it is political, not educational. Change we can believe in.
Peace,
Don

From: Linda Borquist, former Beaverton Assoc. Supt. Mon, September 22, 2008

Re: schedule
Mon, September 22, 2008 12:29:09 PM
From: "linda@leslieconsult.com" View Contact
To: Don Bellairs

Don...Weds is a good idea and i can make it work. Then we don't have to
sandwich meeting in between other stuff. The Esplanade is a good idea
too. I like to walk. How about I meet you on Weds, 9/ 24 at 3 pm in
front of the McCalls restaurant...1020 SW Naito Parkway is the address I
found. I think it is right on the main Esplanade. Please confirm and
I'll be there...Linda

Linda
I am unable to think of a place for us to meet. My goal is healing and I
don't want to be interrupted or feel listened to, so the intimacy of a lot
of Starbucks is off-putting. But I think a sandwich shop/restaurant
during a slow part of the afternoon would be perfect.
Beaverton seems fraught with potential distractions; what part of
downtown are you in Friday? I have an eye doctor thing in NW (25th and
Lovejoy) probably til 3 or so. I can stay busy til four, then meet you
someplace. I like to roller blade between Tom McCall park and the
eastside Esplanade--I will probably do that if I am killing time
downtown-- but I don't know any of the restaurants.
McCall's may actually be open--it was closed for a while--and I have been
to the Newport Bay right on the river in that developing area.
Or I can be available Wed. flexibly, late Thursday afternoon, or Saturday
morning or late afternoon.
Is Wed. appealing? Ideas about venue?
Don

From: Linda Borquist, former Beaverton Assoc. Supt. Thu, September 18, 2008

Re: schedule
Thu, September 18, 2008 1:23:18 PM
From: "linda@leslieconsult.com" View Contact
To: Don Bellairs

Don...I am sure we can find a time to meet. Here is what I think would
work for me:
Th, 25th: anytime after you finish working
Fri, 26th: I have an appt downtown at 5:30 pm, and would need some travel
time unless you want to meet downtown, but anytime before that
Sat, 27th: I think I can make most anytime work.
Would something in the above times work for you? Is there a Starbucks or
someplace you'd like to meet?
If none of this works, let me know and we will find something that does
before I leave town.
Linda

Linda,
I have to work all day on the 25th and, on the 26th, I am busy til
probably four in the afternoon. I hope you still have some time to meet
while you are in PDX.
Don

From: State Senator Susan Bonamici Wed, September 17, 2008

RE: September Sentiments
Wed, September 17, 2008 12:28:43 PM
From: Sen Bonamici Add to Contacts
To: Don Bellairs

Don:
Thank you for sending this additional information. Heather has left my employ to go to another job; John Atkins has taken her place.
Don, I know you are frustrated about what has been a long and difficult ordeal, and I know that you are sincere in your desire to improve public schools. But I am in a very difficult situation. You are my constituent and I want to provide constituent services when I can. In your case, however, there are too many factors that lead me to decline further involvement. As as I explained before, your case has been through the administrative hearing stage and all the way up to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Additionally, I know many of the people you accuse of impropriety, including Janet Hogue, with whom I worked for several years on the Beaverton Education Foundation Board, and Hanna Vaandering, who was my children's teacher. Even if I could remain objective, the existence of the relationships would create an appearance of bias.
Sorry for any disappointment, but I want to clarify this now so that you don't have expectations that I will not be able to fulfill.
If you have specific ideas about how I can work on furthering good education policy for our state, I would be happy to consider them.

Kind regards,
Suzanne Bonamici
State Senator, District 17
900 Court St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503.986.1717
District Address:
PO Box 990
Beaverton, OR 97075
503.627.0246 (District office)

From: Karen Horwitz, NAPTA president Thu, September 11, 2008

RE: insight and oversight
Thu, September 11, 2008 10:35:57 AM
From: Karen Horwitz View Contact
To: Don Bellairs

Don,
I heard Sen. Ron Wyden speaking on Air America radio today about the scandal in the Dept. of the Interior. He could have substituted Education and described the same goings on or even worse - add teacher abuse. I went to his website to contact him and he said he can only respond to oregon residents. You were the first I thought of to contact him. Here is the link: http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/
Please tell him that what he said on the Ed Schultz show is just the tip of the iceberg of what they are doing in schools all over. I will be happy to send him a book if you can reach him and get him interested. I have reserved an amount of money to cover the cost of books to targeted people and he seemed genuinely upset by what they are doing and one who wanted to "clean the swamp" before giving more money. Do we have a swamp for him!
Feel free to forward my email or whatever it takes to get his attention. Tell him to check out WhiteChalkCrime.com as well as EndTeacherAbuse.org. The key is not to start with the teacher abuse. Start with White Chalk Crime, the same as he describes in the Interior Dept. and then explain the reason he doesn't know aobut it is because of their specialty - teacher abuse, which is a form of White Chalk Crime. Did you read my book? The more you are versed in the talking points, the easier it will be to get attention. People are not going to immediately buy into or care about teacher abuse. Alone it makes no sense. they can't be doing that. But combined with the crimes it makes sense. As teachers we must teach to the audience aware they won't learn part B without Part A first! Another good way to discuss it is the special interests in education have made sure their interests flow. Then describe their interests - kickbacks etc. He said they hotwired deals in the Dept. of Interior. I hadn't used that terminology, but it is a good one and since he used it he will relate to it. They definitely hotwire things so no one will know what is going on and they use teacher abuse as the hot wire. Maybe his language will help him get it.
I am sure he is a decent guy, but this is so hard to believe and so complex, which is why I took the time to write that book. I am certain that once in the right hands it will explode, so we must work on that. Anything you can do to get it to him or any ideas you have are welcome. By the way, one of our members got a book to Maya Angelou, who is Oprah's mentor. I received a thank you note from her signed by her, which I will frame. I do not believe a p[erson of her caliber will just let this be. With enough of us getting the word out there it will have to force change.

Karen
Karen Horwitz
teacherkh@aol.com

From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 4:17 PM
To: Karen Horowitz
Subject: Fw: insight and oversight
karen,
got your email. your website is awesome.
i am asking my legislators to buy your book (i believe you talk about the oregon system a little). i still march forward in my own cause (see below)--my contacts are the minority (R) party in the state legislature because the education union is part of the majority (D) party gov't.
david brooks had a great piece in the NYT y'day about VP selections--but really he got around to saying it's not Dem's or Rep's--it's greedy pol's on either side that will force the agenda of an inexperienced or corrupt leader.
in response to your statement in your email that people will say you are doing all of this for profit--i love the fact that you are marketing stuff. because i remember in the blackness of my despair three years ago, i found your website and you were one of the few voices who understood and connected. that was not about making money.
shalom, y'all...help me get my license back when you have a minute.
don

Linda Borquist (former Beaverton OR School District Assoc. Supt) testimony at 2005 unemployment hearing

This was the BSD's lawyers' third appeal of the teacher's unemployment insurance claim--three days after his mother's funeral...











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"