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

1895 8th Grade Final Exam

...or why our 11th graders are taking 10th grade tests.

1895 Eighth-grade Final Exam
Salina, KS

Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
2. Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications.
3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb. Give Principal Parts of. lie, lay and run
5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft deep, 10 feet long! , and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050lbs. for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per meter?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for! 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U. S. History (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U. S. History is divided.
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas .
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)
1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, sub vocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u! '.
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays. 10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)
1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America .
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall & Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Notice that the entire exam took five hours...
This was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

"Protelo est Ministro" To Senator Suzanne Bonamici April 30, 2010

To: Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon State Senator
April 30, 2010

Sen. Bonamici:

As a resident of Cedar Hills, I am being asked to consider you as my representative in state government. I am troubled that you are presenting yourself as a candidate who will serve as a voice for your constituents when, in fact, I have been unable to persuade you to speak for me.

Basically, in response to my legitimate complaint about the misconduct of state employees, you told me to hire a lawyer…not encouraging words from a public servant aspiring to the job you seek to retain. I have provided you with a great deal of evidence to demonstrate that influential people in state government have used their authority to deny me due process while violating terms of my employment contract and conspiring to affect the outcome of a civil litigation, a federal lawsuit once promoted by the OEA lawyers as “my best remedy” in my conflict with some Beaverton School District bullies.

I was fired by C- to D+ building administrators who were allowed to be blatantly exploitative of their faculty and staff members. When I voiced my concerns, I was fired for sexually harassing the librarian...unjustified mudslinging that did not stand up to any defense, even the softball lobs Doyle tossed in the slanted FDAB hearing that has changed my life.

Again, I am asking you to be treated the same as everyone else--I do not desire nor deserve any "first of its kind" preclusion hocus-pocus called "law" by people who do not seem to respect the notion. That Judge Sloan's secretive manuever in the state's behalf was unethical is self-evident. Being a teacher in your jursidiction should not be such a vulnerable vocation. You are my voice and have a duty to act.

As a contracted employee of the BSD, I want rights equal to those of the "harassed" librarian who signed a document consisting of embellished, salacious charges--a document she knew was being used to fire me--and was protected from accountability for the damage she did to my reputation by the Doyle/Hungerford “free speech” law suit.

I would like, as your constituent, rights equal to former assistant principal Gail Vangorder, who persuaded her friend and long-time employee, the librarian, to sign the harassment complaint, then lied under oath at the FDAB hearing about my work of several years with students and members of the Beaverton community and has been able to dodge accountability for her misconduct for years while state employees harassed me to sign "stipulations."

As a resident of Cedar Hills in Beaverton, I would like the same rights accorded then-associate superintendent Linda Borquist, who was able plan the violation of my employment contract while meeting regularly with the union representative I was paying to protect my employment rights.

As your constituent, I want the rights of Borquist's friend Vickie Chamberlain, the director of the state’s teacher licensing agency, who respect neither the education profession nor the laws written by state and federal lawmakers governing her authority as a government employee. If I were writing a script in which the Forces of Evil took control over a state’s teacher licensing agency, I would envision a normal looking character who had raging conflicts of interests, close relationships with people whom she oversaw, a calloused disrespect for regulations governing her authority and, finally, I would have Satan endow this character with an ability to force education professionals to sign confessions (called “stipulations”) to keep their jobs. To a storyteller, these are self-evident symbols of an unjust tyrant ironically serving in a role that affects a huge number of vulnerable and oblivious public servants.

I am eager to move past this conflict and hope you are beginning to see ways to help me. I realize I am asking you to intercede on my behalf in a long-standing conflict with some rich and influential characters. But I remind you: I am not a nobody…I am your constituent and I have been wronged by employees of the state government.

When I oversaw student government at Westview (Bob Hermann's daughter Nicole was our high school’s very first elected senior class president), we adopted the motto: To Lead is to Serve (Protelo est Ministro). I am asking you to honor the promise you are making now to your constituents (my neighbors), citizens who are choosing you to be their voice.

Don Bellairs
Cedar Hills

Yao Tzio and Jeff Hanson create "Eyes of the World" about Westview High School diversity ca. 2001

Westview High advanced media studies students Jeff Hanson and Yao Tzio provide an insider's perspective of "being different" in a school (one of Oregon's largest public high schools) full of people who are good at being different.

Beaverton School District proposes teacher, staff cuts in preliminary budget plan | OregonLive.com

Six Steps to Solve the Beaverton School District's Budget Woes:
1. Fire the lawyers.
2. Return to Beaverton's teachers the money being sent to the OEA to sue Sizemore (see #1).
3. Make all the double-dippers* pay it back. (*long-time BSD administrators and teachers who "retired" in time to get the full PERS percs but were immediately re-hired as long-term substitutes)
4. Never, ever let parents make money decisions that directly affect their school-age kids.
5. Find out who among current members of the Beaverton School Board approved the secretive $500,000 settlement policy that allows BSD administrators to conceal misconduct from the public (Anitha Reddy BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES RACIAL BIAS SUIT The Oregonian January 10, 2005) and vote those board members out of office.
6. Finally, to YOU, ever-evolving Beaverton School District leadership: Practice thrift. You have inherited a culture that used to worship at the extravagant altar of Yvonne Kickback Katz. Some among you have blown a ton of public money and need to chill.

2003 Westview High School Freshman Lit/Comp Parents' Night

Kids from a very diverse English class star demonstrate their talent and knowledge in a festive night created for their parents.

"Productive" meeting about teacher evaluation and support in Beaverton Schools

From: Don Bellairs
To: jerome_colonna@beavton.k12.or.us; sarah_boly@beavton.k12.or.us; bud_moore@beavton.k12.or.us; Camellia Osterink
Cc: leeann_larsen@beavton.k12.or.us; Mary_VanderWeele@beavton.k12.or.us; Jeff_Hicks@beavton.k12.or.us; Sarah_Smith@beavton.k12.or.us; Betsy Hammond ; gail.rasmussen@oregoned.org; David Wilkinson
Sent: Tue, April 27, 2010 7:54:14 AM
Subject: Public school makeovers

Mr. Colonna,

I continue to search for ways to expose your ability to use your relationships with OEA and TSPC employees to violate contract terms with your employees. There is some serious room for improvement in the way you evaluate and supervise teachers in Beaverton.

You fired me to conceal administrative misconduct and you have spent a lot of public education money covering that fact up. The people who pay your salary deserve to know how the BSD operates in the dark of night.

Beaverton Schools are about more than any one teacher. They are also about way more than Katz, Borquist and Hogue. Or you, as important as you must view yourself to be.

It is self-evident that public schools are better when they are run honestly and openly by people who are not blatantly using them as platforms for social standing or political influence. Beaverton has been missing that.

(But your PR person is damn good. The Oregonian doesn't even check the press releases.)

I am waiting for you to act honorably and admit to the circumstances that allowed you to exploit me as an employee and then to violate my contract and send false accusations to the licensing board in a very untimely fashion. Your unethical lawyers were able to punish me for telling you the truth and then lied to a federal judge on your behalf, all while on the Beaverton taxpayer’s payroll.

In an equitable society, falsely criminalizing a citizen with public resources is reason for someone to go to jail. But you are still paying people to trash my reputation. By the way, do any of them know how to teach?

In your message to me last summer, you mentioned you didn't envision anything "productive" could be accomplished by a meeting between the two of us. Certainly there are reasons for you to avoid this kind of meeting, but "lack of productivity" is a pretty lame rationale. I know a lot about how the system can cheat a teacher--even one so untalented and uncontrollable as some of your employees have labeled me.

To genuine education reformers, the sort of insight I can provide would be seen as very "productive."

In closing, I repeat my request that you admit publicly to the inappropriate way your employees and lawyers violated my employment contract in 2004 and that you accept responsibility for your contribution to several years of harassment by your friend Vickie Chamberlain, leader of the Teacher Double Standards and Deviant Practices Commission, in her successful effort to sabotage our civil litigation on behalf on Nancy Hungerford.

Don Bellairs, teacher

MY WIFE'S BRUNCH To LeeAnn Larsen, school board member, Beaverton School District April 25, 2010

To Leeann Larsen, school board member
Beaverton School District
April 25, 2010


I am on the way to a brunch for my wife's birthday soon and I find myself thinking about the FDAB hearing she observed in the summer of 2004 because some of your employees were angry with me.

I have written to you for a long time about my situation. By neglecting my requests, you are protecting some people who have behaved cruelly and vindictively (and, at this point, criminally). Through inaction, you are, this very day, perpetuating a system that has treated more than one human being abusively.

Sin of omission. Re: The financial crisis...How much human suffering has been caused by greed? How much more because a lot of leaders were not forthcoming?

I feel guilty for using, on a website detailing my experiences, the letter from 2004 you wrote at my request as well as the video of your son Chris made in media class in 2002 or 2003. This seems mean-spirited and invasive and I am sure it is not the sort of behavior I would have demonstrated a few years ago, but one result of your employees' false characterization of my work history is that I react differently today to personal criticism than I might have if, say, I had been treated humanely.

At the time of my termination, you will recall, you were working with some kids in the Westview media lab on the "news" once a week. During that time, I made you aware of my conflict with some administrators.

The reason I am writing you today is: The record of my work history in Beaverton Schools (and, as a result, with the state's teacher licensing agency) is inaccurate and exists only because vindictive BSD employees whom you currently supervise were able to (secretly) pay unethical lawyers to violate my contract and deny my access to due process of law.

And I feel you are aware of their behavior, a deeply disturb thought to me. Currently, I believe you to be protecting the misconduct of some influential people and I am enough of a sinner and a fool to continue to insist that I deserve to be treated the same as the others in this conflict--and I have not been.

As a teacher, I was assigned second-class status by some BSD administrators and, as a dues-paying member, I was betrayed by the union representatives who were contacted by school officials before they fired me, ostensibly on my behalf.

A second goal of my painful obsession is to raise awareness of the need to respect the service of classroom teachers; that respect was missing in the conduct of some of your administrators when I worked for Beaverton Schools.

For so much, there is no way to be fair...I am sure you feel that justice in my case is not your responsibility. But some ongoing injustices can still be remedied. Frankly, I am bothered every day that your board is not interested in learning from how I was fired...It would seem important for representatives of the taxpayers to know what can happen to someone like me, who was working in good faith with kids like Jeff Borquist and Chris Larsen...and a lot of other good people's kids? What happened four four years? And why?

I am eager for all of you who lead Beaverton's public schools to listen to what punishment is possible if a teacher voices concerns about fair treatment and equitable pay. I am confident you will behave differently as leaders as a result of what you learn. Then something positive will be accomplished for public education through this unnecessary and costly misadventure.

In the future, on sunny April Sundays, I can focus on my wife's brunches.


Don Bellairs

Blue-haired Kids in Late Winter...To: Jerry Colonna, supt of Beaverton School District April 24, 2010

To Jerry Colonna, superintendent
Beaverton Public Schools
April 24, 2010

Dear Mr. Colonna,

In recent years I have had to look for ways outside the teaching profession to make a living because of my on-going conflict with some Beaverton School District employees. In one part-time job, our little team--mostly family--runs into some challenging people. Recently we worked with a couple with a toddler—they were demanding and self-absorbed and by-and-large oblivious to the fact that, in the pursuit of their objective, they often exploited people who were working with them. This couple had a vision of themselves as entitled to deferential treatment. They had experienced some success and were very proud of their child--and they frequently forgot to demonstrate respect and courtesy to people who were helping them. In the office the other day, one of my colleagues mentioned this couple and my first thought was, “Some poor teacher’s gonna have their kid some day.”

We all have to struggle to avoid being selfish. Those of us who let it get out of hand are always challenging to people over whom we have influence. I felt that most teachers at Westview (and I believe this has a universal application to schools nationally as our culture evolves) had learned to “give in” to these sorts of influences. There are some kids in every school whose parents won’t let teachers give their kids a “B.” Oh, an occasional maverick may try it…once…but unless you are a teacher who has had some time to develop a reputation with other influential parents, you will probably have an unsuccessful work experience if you insist on giving legitimate grades to kids whose parents have been fast-tracking for the Ivies since second grade.

Then there is the other end of the spectrum: Kids whose parents don’t know and don’t care. No contact with school is a good day. At Westview, I was teaching media studies/ video production (9th-12th combined classes heavy with IEP’s) as well as freshman lit/comp. Every year in February or March, a blue-haired, surly kid or a Goth girl with round black eyes would walk in unannounced in the middle of class. The timing suggested he or she had been kicked out of a previous school because “kid-friendly” transfers usually take place over winter or summer breaks—families and schools often collaborate on those arrangements. It should be noted that these kinds of transfers do not go into the AP classes or the special classes that have fees. They most often appear in the classes of a school’s “vulnerable” teachers, or teachers who lack political clout because they are new or have not entered the “inner circle” of characters who run a school.

February to March--late winter--is, I always felt, the toughest time in the year for most teachers. By then, it’s already been a long road and the days are short and the kids have cabin fever…and teachers and administrators can’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel like they can in April and May.

So when the blue-haired dude strolls in, slouching, looking at the floor, and the girl in the back makes a personal comment, a teacher has some choices. I tried to remember that the new kid was probably feeling pretty much like an object and deserved a decent welcome…tried to give the new guy some “face time” if he wasn’t too shy. Set him up to make some quick friends and have a little status. Another option was to tell everybody to shut up, to continue as if there had been no interruption while barely concealing your resentment for the counselor or administrator who changed the trajectory of a whole class without notifying you.

C'est la guerre. Droit du signeur.

Stopping what you are doing to give a blue-haired kid from North Portland some“face time” detracts from whatever has been planned, and I noticed this didn’t happen to EVERY teacher at Westview. It happened a lot to me. Many of the kids that I gave a lot of my energy to didn’t have parents with influence in the Beaverton district. Many came to school where they were told they were the same as everyone else, then took one look around and knew they were being deceived.

So when I told you, nine days before Ms. Lekas’ and Mike Chamberlain’s sneak attack on my career, that Kaitlynn Hogue “may have deserved” her part in Westview High’s very prestigious drama program, I was really telling you that a lot of Westview kids never got the same chances as Kaitlynn. If what I told you had been wrong, Jerry, it would have been easier to be rid of me. And cheaper.

But my comment struck a sensitive nerve and that is instructive to the rationale behind this endless conflict—it is a matter of principle: My crime was mentioning the Empress’s clothing. I realize that some day, the parents of the toddler in the story at the beginning of this letter are going to have unreasonable expectations of struggling teachers who are accountable for the human development of every child in their school. I hope, when that time comes, you have accepted accountability for the results of your conduct as a leader of a large public school district.

Successful schools are those schools where everybody, especially leadership, sees each student as valuable—even the surly blue-haired kids from North Portland. I believe you know this. Teachers who are trained and supervised, who have learned to see value in all their students, will do everything the political types purport to do by manipulating resources and mandating tests. Once any group has properly defined the mission, then it is all about leadership. In public schools, that mission is to create a whole lot of good citizens instead of a few starlets and profesional athletes.

In closing, I continue to request that you correct the false record created by current and former school district employees at the June 2004 FDAB hearing and also errors in the public record currently on state websites created by the complaint sent improperly to the TSPC by Ms. Lekas in July 2004. Your employees have violated a number of regulations and laws governing employment and teacher discipline and are fortunate to be sheltered by an umbrella of impropriety.

Don Bellairs, teacher

Gavin Brisol and Meadow Park Middle School "C Hall" (7th grade) presents "The Odyssey"

To: Gail Rasmussen, OEA president (on Tom Doyle's accountabilty s and OEA-paid lawyer) April 23*, 2010

To the President of the Oregon Education Association
April 23, 2010

Today is reputed to be the anniversary of Shakepeare's birth and death, but the statistics have been fudged and no one is really sure when he was born--so that is basically a guess that has been mnemonically friendly to English students for several centuries. That used to be the way I would start my day.

Now I start every day in conflict with those who run the teachers' union. Why? For largely the same reason I conflicted with some self-interested bullies who worked for the Beaverton School District. You are president of an organization that employs people who are arbitrarily disobeying laws and using other people's money to conceal their misconduct...That is pretty serious stuff.

Plus, the OEA’s representatives deceived me and have not been held accountable..

Gail, when I read that my former lawyer, Tom Doyle, has been your "spokesman" as recently as January, my stomach churned. Like a few others with whom you associate through your job, he is a bully who uses and exploits people when they are vulnerable. He should be in jail and yet you let him work for you.

You and representatives of OEA leadership are aware of his manipulation of me after I stood up to some political big shots in the Beaverton School District. I vividly remember Mark Toledo smiling smugly as you listened in the lobby of the OEA building last fall. He advised me to go to the bar association if I had a problem with Tom Doyle's misconduct.

Gail, Tom Doyle is your employee because he was paid with money taken by the organization you lead from my pay check. I'm curious what your public stance will be if I can EVER find anyone in this cesspool of human behavior to hold someone other than teachers accountable for their conduct. You are allowing your lawyers to mock both state and federal laws and, in doing so, you are turning teaching professionals into government property.

That is why I am still in your face with this.

Yet somehow you are managing to convince yourself you are doing the right thing...? Some of your cohorts cannot help but view themselves as superior to those fools who actually go into class rooms to work with kids. Doyle and the Hungerfords, with some help from the TSPC folks, created much unnecessary grief in my life to punish me for telling the truth and...you are helping cover it up. Breaks my heart.

Shame on you. You truly seemed different.

Don Bellairs, teacher

Julie Leahy, Sam Vore and Todd Telle in 1999 Westview High School Media production of "The Kentucky Killer"

Julie Leahy, Sam Vore and Todd Telle in 1999 Westview High School Media production of "The Kentucky Killer"

2004 Letter to Tom Husted, Oregon Education Association employee who worked (very closely) with (former) Beaverton School District officials

Husted met regularly with self-interested administrators at Beaverton (see: "Katz Litter") who had created a culture of disposable teachers in the Beaverton School District. While he was receiving a large salary composed of money taken from teachers' paychecks, his alliances with Linda Borquist and Hollis Lekas of the BSD HR department were in violation of laws governing union representation. He is largely responsible for Janet Hogue's ability to interfere with the management of an entire school district from her post as director of the fundraising non-profit organization with an office in the Beaverton HR department.

2001 Westview High School Media Studies production of "Dream Girl"

Paige Dutro, Brian Berg, Mike Geurts, Eric Ball and Brandon Chandler in a scene about four different stereotypes, all falling in love with the same girl...

To: Another mistreated teacher who is about to begin the "war"... April 21, 2010

Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 08:11:09 -070
From: bellairsd@yahoo.com
Subject: Re: troubles


A phone call will have to wait--I don't talk very well about my experience. Most people in my life got tired of hearing about it after the second year, which is about when the other side started really beating on my sense of identity and my self-respect.

DO this: immediately forget about what a conscientious teacher you have been--it will only make you bitter--and instead concentrate on exposing the wrongdoings of your adversaries. I got fired on the last day of the first semester and didn't get any kind of hearing until school was out for the summer. In the meantime, my union attorney talked me into filing a million-dollar freedom of speech law suit. I was naive and didn't realize that the enormous law suit made me look greedy to the community while the lawyer was using it to distract me from my goal of proving I was fired punitively and illegally. The lawyer who had represented my interests in several hearings was being paid by someone else and the settlement amount in the civil suit became connected to how desperate and vulnerable the lawsuit had made me. That was the plan: Bait-and-switch.

After enough time passes, it doesn't even matter what the "result" is. Teachers are on the outside of the politics of education...most classroom teachers, The system is set up to protect insiders. Realize it will take time if you choose to fight...and justice delayed is justice denied.

But if you want to fight, go on the offensive immediately. I remember many quotes that I read in the past years that I have applied to my situation--one is, in most conflicts, "doing nothing is losing."

(DO stay on the high road. Show very good manners--start every potentially negative comment with a positive comment about your adversaries. Show concern for the unfair situation instead of selfishly demanding your rights.)

But if your supertintendent (or some school board members--they were my best helpers and are often kept in the dark by administrators) knows you are all over the internet and talking to the community, he/she will want you to shut up. It is your only leverage and it only last for a short time.

Be very clear with yourself about what you want as you go forward. I don't know why you got fired, but it will take an act of God for them to return you to your job this year--too awkward. But...it could happen if you have lots of evidence and lots of good will and it has not already gone too far..

Perhaps the best result for you is: your superintendent reads a well-written letter (that he knows you have also sent to parents ansd supporters) and he calls you in to sign an agreement that gives you a clear name, a decent work history and a little money. You can do this without a lawyer. Send copies of the letter to parents who care about you. Your mission should be to be sure you have an opportunity to work elsewhere--even your detractors should respect that.

I am sharing insight earned with much pain. I am a songwriter and one of the real hard parts, after working for weeks (or months) on the lyrics and the guitar chords, is to get and keep the audience's attention. Audiences do not start out caring about a song; something about the song has to appeal to their better human natures--they have to like me and want to share what I am doing--otherwise they don't really experience the feelings I want them to feel.

So be humble but aggressive. The other side has unlimited $. They are only vulnerable to bad PR. Also, if you sue them, they will have access to all your financial records and medical records. My union rep gave me a lawyer whose sole purpose was to keep me frightened and confused until I was tired and defeated. My despair at his betrayal was exascerbated by the fact that my mom was dying and i was responsible for keeping her spirits up. Instead I used energy fighting with a man whom I knew was cheating and manipulating me.

I will never recover fully from my ordeal, so keep your eyes wide open...Stay healthy and cherish your friends and loved ones. You made yourself vulnerable to a critical society by being a teacher instead of a butcher or an accountant.

Remember you are not alone.


Will We Ever Learn?

Published Online: April 20, 2010
Published in Print: April 21, 2010, as Will We Ever Learn?
What's Wrong With the Common-Standards Project
By Robert I. Lerman & Arnold Packer
Premium article access courtesy of Edweek.org.

Here are two problems from a sample Common Core State Standards Initiative test intended to ensure that all students leave high school ready for college or careers:

“Give me 8 sheep and then we will have an equal number,” said one shepherd to another. “No, you give me 8 sheep and then I will have twice as many as you,” replied another shepherd. How many sheep did each shepherd have to start with?

Write an equation or inequality that has (a) no real solutions; (b) infinite numbers of real solutions; and (c) exactly one real solution.

The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers launched the common-core initiative in 2009, and presented the proposed standards to the public last month. President Barack Obama has endorsed them, Kentucky has already pledged to adopt them, and other states will soon follow suit.

But what could they be thinking?

We got a hint of that 10 years ago at a meeting in Albany, N.Y., when the state’s chief test-maker was asked why New York tested students’ ability to factor a polynomial but not to speak standard English, even though good verbal skills matter far more on the job to far more people. The answer? “Because we can test factoring but not speaking.”

"We need rigorous but basic academic, homing on skills that will be used, and not short-shrifting the 'soft skill' behaviors that lead to success in college and careers."This reply makes it clear why the new core standards are off track. Consider Algebra 2, the study of logarithms, polynomial functions, and quadratic equations. Although many states want to make the course a requirement for graduating from high school, there appears to be no need to do so. Northeastern University sociologist Michael Handel has found that only 9 percent of people in the workforce ever use this knowledge, and that fewer than 20 percent of managerial, professional, or technical workers report using any Algebra 2 material. In fact, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy shows that more than 20 percent of adults (and about 50 percent of minority adults) never learn fractions well enough to apply them to common tasks. When we fixate on Algebra 2’s polynomial functions, command and depth of knowledge are sacrificed for ill-learned, and quickly forgotten, breadth.

All students should master a verifiable set of skills, but not necessarily the same skills. Part of the reason high schools fail so many kids is that educators can’t get free of the notion that all students—regardless of their career aspirations—need the same basic preparation. States are piling on academic courses, removing the arts, and downplaying career and technical education to make way for a double portion of math. Meanwhile, career-focused programs, such as Wisconsin’s youth apprenticeships and well-designed career academies, are engaging students and raising their post-high-school earnings, especially among hard-to-reach, at-risk male students.

Maintaining our one-size-fits-all approach will hurt many of the kids we are trying most to help. Maybe that approach, exemplified in the push for common standards, will simply lead to yet more unmet education goals. But it won’t reduce, and might increase, the already high rate at which students drop out of school, or graduate without the skills and social behaviors required for career success.

Every study of employer needs made over the past 20 years—from the U.S. secretary of labor’s 1992 Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills, to the more recent “Are They Really Ready to Work?” report from the Conference Board and the nonprofit Corporate Voices for Working Families—has come up with the same answers. Successful workers communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and have social and behavioral skills that make them responsible and good at teamwork. They are creative and techno-savvy, have a good command of fractions and basic statistics, and can apply relatively simple math to real-world problems such as those concerning financial or health literacy. Employers never mention polynomial factoring or solving shepherd problems.

All the recent work in cognitive science and adult success, summed up in books such as Drive, by Daniel Pink, and The Global Achievement Gap, by Tony Wagner, stresses the importance of having pride and interest in what you do. Yet most schools ignore career-oriented approaches, especially those that combine learning on the job with classroom instruction. Time-consuming but interesting and relevant project-based learning takes a back seat to robotic drill-for-the-test instruction, until school becomes so boring that students want to drop out—and do.

Education reformers have to move beyond platitudes. Requiring every child to take courses oriented toward a rigorous college education (as the common core does) when current high school dropout rates are sky-high will produce results similar to the unmet education goals set by Congress in the 1990s for the year 2000. We’ve not come close to a 90 percent high-school-graduation rate or to eliminating the graduation gap between minority and nonminority students.

We need rigorous but basic academics, homing in on skills that will be used, and not short-shrifting the “soft skill” behaviors that lead to success in college and careers. The management guru Peter Drucker got it right: “The result of a school is a student who has learned something and puts it to work 10 years later.”

Robert I. Lerman is an institute fellow at the Urban Institute and a professor of economics at American University in Washington. Arnold Packer served as an assistant U.S. secretary of labor from 1977 to 1980, and as the executive director of the secretary of labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills, known as SCANS.

To: Jerome Colonna, superintendent of Beaverton OR Schools (on uninformed signature for imprimatur) April 19, 2010

Mon, April 19, 2010 7:25:48 AM
"Recommendation for dismissal" a work of fiction dependent on JC's signature
From: Don Bellairs View Contact
To: jerome_colonna@beavton.k12.or.us; sarah_boly@beavton.k12.or.us; bud_moore@beavton.k12.or.us; Camellia Osterink
Cc: leeann_larsen@beavton.k12.or.us; Jeff_Hicks@beavton.k12.or.us; Mary_VanderWeele@beavton.k12.or.us; Sarah_Smith@beavton.k12.or.us; Sen Bonamici ; Sen Hass

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To Jerome Colonna, superintendent
Beaverton School District
April 19, 2010

I have attached your February 2004 letter to the Beaverton School Board members recommending my dismissal, a document filled with false and exaggerated accusations to conceal the real reason you violated the terms of my contract.

You were able to pay unethical lawyers to use these charges and the false testimony of former BSD administrators to violate the terms of my employment contract and to discredit my reputation in the community.

Ms. Lekas improperly sent this same document to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commissions director, Vickie Chamberlain, a woman whose board you have served on. Chamberlain harassed me for more than three years before using phony "first of its kind" hearing to help Linda Borquist and Tom Doyle of the OEA sabotage my opportunity to defend myself against irresponsible allegations that carried the imprimatur of the signature of the new superintendent of the Beaverton School District.

I am asking you to publicly acknowledge that the document you signed contains numerous inaccuracies and does not fairly represent my conduct and work history at the Beaverton Schools and that this document has been used vindictively to punish me for expressing concerns about questionable administrative practices.

you must know I create hardships myself and everyone who loves me by pursuing this, but the process was inhumane adn this conflict is one pf principle. The details surrounding your signature on the dismissal document are worthy of public discussion--Linda Borquist testified at the FDAB that you were "new" and out of the loop. So Nancy Hungerford just "used" your signature? You didn't even know what you were doing, according to Borquist. Through my continuing humiliation, despite the "official findings on state's website and the indignities of deputies appearing at my house with unfounded trespass and stalking allegations, I hope to contribute to the public's understanding of decision making in large public school administrations--begnning with your explanation of how you arrived at sexual harassment charges two weeks after my statement of concern about administrators and equity.

I also attached a letter I wrote to the Westview High School librarian, Jennifer Jordan, who was encouraged to sign the sex complaint about me, and I have included the website address of the rules your board adapted subsequent to firing me, rules designed to prevent that kind of administrative tactic in the future.

Also included: the article in the Oregonian in which someone from your administration has deceived the writer about M. Dennis's abrupt departure from Westview in the fall of 2004.

Finally, I remind you: I was working long hours with challenging kids for unsupervised administrators who cheated me out of a lot of money. I asked to quit, my mother was dying and...instead of givng me a little support, you hired the Hungerfords to sneak up behind me.

The rest is frightening and has changed by ability to trust and laugh. I was turned into a criminal because I told you the truth. The people I conflicted with are just like the bullies who join gangs in tough neighborhoods--only this gang parks European imports in public school parking lots and goes to work in buildings where people are supposed to focus on what takes place in the classroom.

I will begin forgiving you when you are honorable enough to accept responsiblity for your conduct, sir. You have used a lot of public money to harass a teacher who tried to quit. You are concealing the misconduct of people who lied to a federal judge to protect your reputation. When you publicly acknowledge what really happens when somebody complains, then I can begin to heal and you can call yourself a reformer. For now there are better words.

"She may have even deserved the part."

Don Bellairs, teacher

Gavin Bristol in 1999 Meadow Park Middle School Theater Arts production "You Know My Name"

To: Jerome Colonna, BSD supt. (on the legacies of Kickback Katz and Cover-up Colonna) April 15,2010

From: Don Bellairs View Contact
To: jerome_colonna@beavton.k12.or.us; gail.rasmussen@oregoned.org
Cc: Sen Bonamici ; Sen Hass ; leeann_larsen@beavton.k12.or.us; Sarah_Smith@beavton.k12.or.us; Jeff_Hicks@beavton.k12.or.us; Mary_VanderWeele@beavton.k12.or.us; John M MANN ; Betsy Hammond ; billgraves@news.oregonian.com

April 15, 2010
To: Jerome Colonna, superintendent of Beaverton School District

My employment contract was violated because I was standing up for the rights of exploited people (me being one). My conflicts were with people who judged themselves to be superior to other people--worthy of more of the common wealth--and who chose to bend the rules in their favor.

My adversaries in this conflict were rarely teaching children--some have no experience in the class room. A few were enriching themselves with what was, at the time, an abundance of public money flowing into the Beaverton Schools that nobody was being very accountable for (I see images from the The Green Zone, with that safe full of cash)

Your employees have used a great deal of public education money to damage my record and reputation, and consequently a lot of stuff I worked hard at has been cheapened by your hypocritical lawyer and mendacious administators.

You that the ability to help create classrooms where the large majority of the kids are showing up and have become invested in the common goals of the class and are assuming personal accountability for theri behavior. Getting a large group of disparate teenagers to work toward a common goal of producing something of value is not an ability everybody possesses. Doing it repeatedly, five to seven times daily, is rare.

Poor aldministrators have more rights than good teachers in Beaverton schools because so much misconduct must be concealed.

You punished me with other people's money for telling you the truth about my teaching conditions; you, some Beaverton school board members and some of your employees continue to lie about my work record (re: TSPC files/website). while she was still associated with the Beaverton School district, Linda Borquist twice implied I could encounter TSPC trouble when I inquired about changing school districts--one of those implied threats (see below) is documented in my file, written at her direction by Malcolm Dennis (secrecy agreement).

I continue to request that you begin to behave honorably in my situation. I wish to clear my name of the embellished and false charges your employees vindictively brought against me (supported by your signature), charges I have never been fairly allowed to respond to. Lawyers in your employee have demonstrated why people don't trust bureaucratic leadership--your staff is able lie and cheat teachers while secretly paying greedy contract employees to cover up with "legal" smoke screens. Your own cadre of Blackwater operatives, paid secretly.

I hope you will soon acknowledge your role in my improper termination so that we can all grow and move forward. The settlement agreement I was coerced to sign by Tom Doyle, the OEA lawyer (selected for me by Borquist, Tom Husted of the OEA, and Hollis Lekas before they fired me) and Nancy Hungerford, formerly employed by the taxpayers of Beaverton, seems to have immunized you from paying for the damage you have done to my life. I am resigned to accept that--your callous and uninformed conduct has cost me a great deal that I do not expect to recover.

It is your acceptance of personal accountability of misconduct that I seek. That acknowledgement of leadership failure is, to me, the missing ingredient to real reform.

Honesty reform. Acccountability reform.

The "little" guy continues to be the only guy who has to be accountable. You paid secret money to bigshot lawyers to lie about me, Jerry. And David Anderson has never printed that.

You're the superintendent of the whole show--but you and I...we are the same in the eyes of the Lord and of the Law, sir, and you demonstrate by you actions your committment to that sacred part of the civic code. In my case, you have not. You have been covering up administrative misconduct for a long and I continue to be unfaily punished for that misconduct. I would like for that to stop.

And I advise you and your advisors, if you wish to truly improve your schools, to clear your calendars and commit to teaching a class--over the long haul--so that the impact of your building administrators on your efforts to help children is abundantly clear to you.

You are stealing from me today.

Don Bellairs, teacher

2001-2002 Westview High School Girls' Varsity Basketball Senior Tribute

2003 Westview High School Advanced Media Studies Dave Desloria's video time manipulation

2003 Westview High School Media Studies project condensing time visually by Dave Desloria, Eric Herberg and Duke Bowler.

Bonamici offers rationale to protect state employees who harass citizen: First of its kind OAH legal decision to conceal BSD administrators misconduct

Below is an email exchange with Oregon State Senator Suzanne Bonamici (representing North Beaverton), who is also a trained lawyer.
She is attempting to rationalize the 3 1/2 years of harassment by state officials, designed to diminish my employment rights and due process rights. In her response, she states that I am "dissatisfied" with the "results" of a case where she is not authorized to intercede) when I am concerned with the PROCESS within the bureaucracy, one of many governmental processes that she has sworn an oath to oversee.

Thu, March 25, 2010 5:32:20 PM
RE: 'First of its kind' legal decision by ALJ Andrea Sloan to cover up OEA and TSPC misconduct
From: Sen Bonamici View Contact
To: Don Bellairs
Cc:Betsy Hammond ; 'gail.rasmussen@oregoned.org' ; Rep Harker ; Sen Hass ; 'jerome_colonna@beavton.k12.or.us' ; 'leeann_larsen@beavton.k12.or.us' ; 'Sarah_Smith@beavton.k12.or.us' ; Sen Winters "
I do take my job seriously, but I am not your attorney. If you were not satisfied with the decision of the Administrative Law Judge, there was a process to follow. That process is explained in the very email you attached to this most recent email you sent to me and others. Additionally, as I understand it, you did appeal your dismissal and that case was heard and decided by the Oregon Court of Appeals. http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/A125893.htm You don't accept that decision, which you have made clear, but your recourse was to appeal it further in the court system.
Don, I am not able to go back and undo the decisions of the Administrative Law Judge and the Court of Appeals. As far as I can discern, this is not a policy issue but rather your dissatisfaction with decisions that did not go in your favor. I know this has been difficult for you but there is not anything I can do to change the results.

Kind regards,

Senator Suzanne Bonamici
District 17: NW Portland, Beaverton, Washington County
900 Court St. NE, S-403
Salem, OR 97403
503-986-1717 (Capitol)
District Address:
PO Box 990
Beaverton, OR 97075
503-627-0246 (District)

From: Don Bellairs [bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 5:14 AM
To: Sen Bonamici
Cc: Sen Hass; Sen Winters; gail.rasmussen@oregoned.org; jerome_colonna@beavton.k12.or.us; leeann_larsen@beavton.k12.or.us; Sarah_Smith@beavton.k12.or.us; Rep Harker; Betsy Hammond

Subject: "First of it's kind" legal decision by ALJ Andrea Sloan to cover up OEA and TSPC misconduct

To State Senator Suzanne Bonamici

Dear Senator,
As we enter the political season (does it ever end anymore?), I am more determined than ever to clear my name and have my right to earn a living as a teacher restored by the state of Oregon.

The emails below are evidence of a "first of its' kind" decision by ALJ Sloan, an Oregon traffic judge, that was used to deny me due process of law by the OEA lawyer assigned to my case, Tom Doyle.

I hope you take your job seriously enough not to allow our state courts to treat one of your constituents differently that the others citizens of our state. What happened to me is obscene.I am sorry that recognize that your children's former teacher, Hanna Vaandering, was instructed to act outside the law to try to help cover up my abuse by OEA lawyers and state employees.

I am eager to meet with you about the unique and curious nature of Judge Sloan's decision and the reasons that I have been deprived of so much income and dignity for so long.

In the past you have ignored me, telling me to hire a lawyer...I pray that will not let that happen this spring. You have already been "hired" by your constituents to be certain the law is applied evenly.

Don Bellairs, Cedar Hills

To Oregon State Senators Suzanne Bonamici and Mark Hass

Oregon Education Association Fraud: This is the distilled version of the abuse I have experienced for many years...

Dear Senators:

The hardest part of my ordeal has been knowing the people I had paid to protect me would manipulate me and sell me out so thoroughly and ruthlessly...Classroom teachers in Beaverton have been routinely exploited and discarded by incompetent administrators who continue to damage the mission of public schools here.

And I continue to request an opportunity to meet with the OEA board and discuss the unethical coduct of my uniserve representative, Tom Husted, and the attorney he hired after meeting several times with the Beaverton School District administrators who would use my union to illegally violate the terms of my employment contract.

Tom Doyle, OEA lawyer, is immoral and has bad hygiene. Mark Toledo knows this and still uses him to "advocate" for teachers ("advocate" in the OEA means make money passing the trash with the Hungerford Law firm...)

We are becoming a failing society because we lack moral leadership with the courage to act in the daylight...(Covering up for crooked Beaverton administrators is the moral equivalent to covering up for pedophiles...In some cases, it has probably been the literal equivalent)

It is evil. It is your responsibility to investigate and illuminate.

Don Bellairs, classroom teacher


Beaverton School District deceives media and public by covering up reason for wobbly departure of Malcolm Dennis, Westview principal

OEA attorney Tom Doyle conspires with Vickie Chamberlain, TSPC director, and Nancy Hungerford, BSD attorney, to cover up misconduct in Westview teacher's termination. Doyle manipulates teacher with bogus "million-dollar" civil suit while Chamberlain delays TSPC "investigation" for 3 1/2 years...

Gail Vangorder and Mike Chamberlain, Westview High School administrators, actively seek false sex charges to conceal their administrative misconduct...

Vangorder yoyo's in and out of retirement as Mike Chamberlain earns a promotion to principal through unethical conduct and false testimony...

Former Westview principal Malcolm Dennis is forced to resign for misconduct, signs a "secrecy agreement" and resurfaces at Columbia High School in White Salmon, Washington.

Vangorder now trains teachers at the Lewis and Clark grad school...(?)

Beaverton taxpayers are misled about this incident (and others?) by (then-new) superintendent Jerome Colonna, BSD PR director Maureen Wheeler and members of the Beaverton School Board...

Beaverton will replace Westview principal
A retiree fills the job temporarily after Malcolm Dennis unexpectedly resigns
Friday, November 12, 2004

BEAVERTON -- Beaverton School District administrators will begin a search in January to replace Westview High School Principal Malcolm Dennis, who unexpectedly resigned late last month.
Gail VanGorder, a retired vice principal at the 2,300-student school, came out of retirement last week to serve as Dennis' temporary replacement.
With Dennis' departure, the Beaverton School District has first-year principals leading six of its seven high schools. Carl Mead, Sunset High School principal, is in his second year at the school.
Dennis, who cited health reasons when he left the school Oct. 27, could not be reached for comment.
Maureen Wheeler, a district spokeswoman, offered no specifics concerning his departure.
Students learned of Dennis' resignation from administrators at a special assembly Oct. 28.
VanGorder said Superintendent Jerry Colonna offered her the interim job on Oct. 27. VanGorder retired in July after nine years as vice principal at Westview, the state's second-largest high school.
VanGorder, who began at the school Nov. 3, said she was surprised and excited by the opportunity.
"I've always felt very close to the Westview community, so it's not hard for me to return there," she said.
She has been working hard to get to know the school's 25 new teachers and learn the faces of hundreds of freshmen.
A principal could be hired midyear, but contracts typically take effect July 1. Desirable candidates may not want to leave their jobs before the end of the school year, Wheeler said.
VanGorder said she hasn't ruled out staying on permanently.
"That's a possibility, but it's way too early for me to tell," she said. "I do know Mr. Colonna is committed to moving forward with a comprehensive search."
The 58-year-old educator began her career in the Beaverton district as a library aide at Meadow Park Middle School. She worked as a librarian at Beaverton schools for two decades before taking her first administrative position as a vice principal at Merlo High School in 1993, the year it opened.
She moved to Westview as a vice principal in 1995.
Anitha Reddy: 503-294-5954; anithareddy@news.oregonian.com

To: Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General (on the ability of Vickie Chamberlain, director of the Oregon TSPC, to circumvent federal laws) Mar 31, 2010

Justice delayed is...
Wed, March 31, 2010 1:00:21 PM
From: Don Bellairs View Contact
To: holdere@usdoj.gov
Cc: John M MANN ; Sen Bonamici ; Sen Hass ; Jim Huffman

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To the Office of the United States Department of Justice

Dear Mr. Holder,

For several years I have battled for that elusive word in your department's title: "justice." I am a teacher who ran afoul of some politically-connected school administrators in Oregonhttp://statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com when I voiced concern to my new supervisor about the unfair dismissals of a black and a deaf teacher, as well as the influence of privileged parents on equitable working conditions at our school.

Certainly these were not comments designed to ingratiate me with my bosses, but I had been unfairly paid and both of the teachers I referenced had been "run-off" by insensitive (I believe unqualified) administrators: The black woman was the only teacher of color in Oregon's then-largest public high school in the five years I was there; the deaf woman survived three years without an interpreter before she was dumped without the courtesy of a face-to-face meeting. Both were exceptional teachers and human beings. But I digress.

My current concern is that the Oregon Education Association representative (whose salary was duly removed from my pay each month) was contacted by the people who fired me and this "representative" then appointed for me an attorney whose purpose, from the outset, was to protect
the bureaucrats (with whom he regularly worked) who had fired me illegally. My mother (a special ed teacher for 30 years) was dying at the time and I was so desperate for support of any kind that I couldn't perceive the extent of my "lawyer's" betrayal...but again I digress.

This union-paid attorney convinced me to file a $1,000,000 civil law suit in federal court (Judge Robert E. Jones) while I was waiting for a Fair Dismissals Appeals Board hearing that collegial lawyers arranged--where a hand-picked panel of teachers and principals serve as judges. It was an exercise in hearsay and false witness and I was unable to call rebuttal witnesses--I was set up to fail by a lawyer employed by our state's teachers' union, the OEA.

Upon receiving a very tardy complaint from my former employers (in violation of Oregon Administrative Regulations governing teacher discipline), the director of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (Victoria Chamberlain) tried, with my union lawyer's help, to force me to sign "stipulations" to unprofessional conduct that had been attributed to me in the tainted FDAB hearing. I refused.

So (I have arrived at the reason for contacting you) this state agency director, confronted with my insistence on due process rights, instructed a lawyer employed by the Oregon Department of Justice to lobby an administrative law judge from the Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings to "accept certain facts as true" from the earlier hearing. In the meantime, I was being manipulated by the million-dollar civil suit filed by the union lawyer (in conflict of interest), the purpose of which was not to be a remedy but a distraction.

After years of desperate waiting, I was informed of a "first of its kind in Oregon" decision by this ALJ, Andrea Sloan, made in a secret meeting with the union lawyer, Tom Doyle, that allowed the licensing director to suspend my license following three and a half years of harassment.

I have complained to the union officials charged with oversight of the attorney representing me; I have been told to hire another lawyer. I cannot afford that, emotionally or financially.

Since someone in the Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings seems to have invented a "first of its kind" method for tampering with my federal lawsuit and my right to work, I am hoping you have some advice on how I might find some sense of justice in my ordeal.

"First of its kind" means I don't get treated like everybody else. That was where this conflict started.

At the very least, I hope this message finds itself in the hands of someone who realizes how vulnerable that hard-working, egalitarian classroom teachers are. Surely the first step for federal government officials in improving our schools would be to ascertain that our teachers are working in fair workplaces where due process rights are respected. The ability of a few dishonorable school district officials to manipulate a state court has frightened me.

I am hopeful you have some advice--this has been a long and cruel ordeal. Thank you for your attention.

Don Bellairs, teacher

At the top of the page (see below) of Hollis Lekas' Jan 26, 2004 notes from my first (?) termination meeting, she writes, "Inaccurate statements of rehiring ASL..." and "Reference to African-American not being rehired."

These phrases are part of a section she has categorized as "Treating people badly," an area where she has a demonstrated expertise.

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"