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 Ted Sickinger, Oregonian "Deceptive Anthropomorphism" Oct. 27, 2010

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/pers_will_go_to_court_to_try_t.html


When Mr. Sickinger announces that "PERS" will go to court, then tells us what PERS "does" and "says" and whom PERS "hires," he is failing us as a reporter by sheltering the disingenuous and duplicitous public employees who are speaking for and acting on behalf of an inanimate retirement fund. 

Does anybody really believe the argument that, in order for a democratic government to run effectively, it has to hide it's budget from the taxpayers.

PERS knots his tie, runs a comb through his long grey hair, then glances in the mirror, smiles slyly and says to himself, "You can't handle the truth."


Allison Cherry and Kim Roth are Annie and Helen in a 10th grade lit/comp class at Westview High School in 2001 
(Beaverton Oregon) 

Quality and quantity of work in classroom in Beaverton has little impact on value as a teacher

From: Don Bellairs
To: Michelle.m.morales@state.or.us

Date: Oct. 26, 2010
Cc: jerome_colonna@beavton.k12.or.us; Sen Bonamici ; Sen Hass ; Joanne Yatvin ; gail.rasmussen@oregoned.org; Mary_VanderWeele@beavton.k12.or.us; Sarah_Smith@beavton.k12.or.us; Lisa_Shultz@beavton.k12.or.us; leeann_larsen@beavton.k12.or.us

Note to Michelle Morales, innocent bystander at Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings:

Michelle,
FYI: Sorry to disturb you. I have been unable unable to get the attention of gov't leadership. Six (yes, that is correct) years ago, as a teacher in Beaverton schools, I shared concerns with Beaverton School District leaders Jerome Colonna and Dr. Tom Greene.

I was fired for sexually harassing the librarian eight days later.

The concerns I mentioned that day were significant to the current debate on education reform. I would still like to address them but have lost my voice.

This mssg is one of thousands I have sent because I'm not sure what other options are available. I stuff them metaphorically into "e-bottles" and set them adrift in the cyber-sea--hopeful that somewhere, someone in state gov't actually gives a damn about the people who do the heavy lifting in public school classrooms: your teachers.

While I worked in the Beaverton system, I received bonuses, raises, promotions and positive evaluations. I have subsequently discovered that the quality and quantity of work someone does in the classroom has very little impact on how he/she is valued as a teacher; my seven-year work record was revised publicly by the well-connected Hungerford Law firm on behalf of dishonest Beaverton School District administrators in an demeaning process known as an "FDAB" hearing.

While at Meadow Park Middle School and Westview High School, I frequently worked 70-hr weeks with kids whom a lot of other teachers did not wish to teach. I was abused and exploited by unsupervised building administrators and betrayed by my union when I asked to be treated fairly. The TSPC director, Vickie Chamberlain (after unsuccessfully trying to get me to sign illegal stipulations for 3 years) was able to get a Dept of Justice atty (Denecke) to work with the union lawyer and a state Administrative Law Judge to "accept certain facts a true" (first of its kind in Oregon) while I was being distracted by my union lawyer with a conflict-of-interest million-dollar law suit.

OEA leadership has evidence of the misconduct of their (well-paid)attorney and avoids acknowledging it. The result: Teachers are treated like disposable property in the system I experienced. Awareness of this second-class status effects their ability to do their jobs well.

Please understand, when I learned from my lawyer that state employees had acted on my case secretly, saving school administrators from having to testify truthfully about charges that had been invented or embellished, I became very depressed. We all want to be treated justly. I am still seeking an honorable solution to that depression.

...And sending these messages...hopefully.

Thx for any help you might provide...

Don Bellairs, teacher

Below is a mssg I recently sent the Office of Administrative Hearings employees (and copied to Lorrin King), revealing the secretive business model my former employers had developed in dealing with administrative misconduct...

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Lorrin M KING
To: Don Bellairs
Sent: Wed, October 27, 2010 4:42:34 PM
Subject: Re: "Passing the Trash" by the TSPC, the OAH and Hungerford Law (I am on vacation 9/7/10 - 9/10/10)

I am out of the office October 26, 27 & 28 on vacation. Also, due to
state budget cuts I am out on furlough Friday, October 29, 2010. I will
return to the office on Monday, November 1, 2010.

If you need immediate assistance please contact Michelle Morales at
Michelle.m.morales@state.or.us or at (503) 947-1917.

If you need technical assistance please contact iHelp at (503) 947-1633,
or Michelle Morales at (503) 947-1917.

Thank you,
Lorrin King, PMP
Chief of Operations
Office of Administrative Hearings
(503) 947-1237
lorrin.m.king@state.or.us
>>> bellairsd 10/27/10 16:41 >>>

Under the protective umbrella of Administrative law Judge Andrea Sloan: The Trash Passers.



Sloan's "first of its kind" legal indiscretions conceal the perpetrators of secretive trash-passing deals that enrich union and school district lawyers while deceiving taxpayers and polluting the pool of ethical education professionals...

www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com

Schools cut secret deals with abusive teachers
They call it “passing the trash,” and it’s a common policy that lets child abusers resign and move to another district
By AMY HSUAN, MELISSA NAVAS and BILL GRAVES
The Oregonian – February 18, 2008
» Search the database of disciplined teachers


It would take months for the agency that licenses Oregon teachers todiscipline a Salem-area teacher for inappropriately touching at least eight girls. To get Kenneth John Cushing, then 44, away from Claggett Creek Middle School students immediately, administrators cut him a deal: If Cushing resigned, they would conceal his alleged conduct — clutching students’ waists, touching their buttocks and massaging their shoulders — from the public.

Cushing signed the pact — obtained by The Oregonian through public records requests — with Salem-Keizer Public Schools in 2004, and officials promised not to reveal the teacher’s behavior if potential employers called looking for a reference. They would attribute his departure to “personal reasons,” the document reads, and make “no reference to this agreement.” Salem’s deal is just one of 47 similar confidential settlement agreements obtained or confirmed by the newspaper...

2002 Westview Student Activities "Target Kids" winter-holiday stewardship program

To Jerry Ulmer, Oregonian sports "...$225? Really?" Oct. 24, 2010

Thank you for your thoughtful essay, particularly with regard to the inequities in sports funding for public schools. Instructive is the sentence that mentions the $225 that Beaverton schools charge to participate in sports.

Part of why kids are not ready for life after high school is that we spend a disproportionate amount of our educational energy addressing the testosterone-fueled egos of some gifted immature athletes. If a USA Today ranking were not so coveted a thing, perhaps the freshman math teacher's accomplishments would get a little more attention in his/her workplace.

As we re-design schools for a modern age, we should realize that high-octane sports teams (and dance and theater programs) divert too much from the authentic mission of modern public schools: Creating citizens who can preserve our fragile democracy. I fervently believe, if we are conscientious, we can find a way to let folks to show off as much as they need to during their developmental years without interfering with the lesson plan on polynomials.

First we need to begin with the recognition that, given today's economy, big budget programs in public high schools are ALL basically out of control.  Beaverton's Westview High School traditionally paid a company eight thousand dollars to decorate their cafeteria for a fall dance FOR ONE NIGHT...consequently, the kids were charged a lot of money to get in the dance. A lot couldn't come.

Same philosophy in sports...the more money involved, the less public access.

The media outlets and sports equipment/apparel companies can start paying for traveling school-age teams; they benefit financially.  Let's face it...like charter schools, elite club teams are an inevitable part of our future; we should embrace but not publicly finance them. If we adjust our philosophy, we can turn public school sports—a very important part of development--back into intramural affairs. Maybe even teach sportsmanship again.

And if the market demands that a bunch of uber-teens get together for our entertainment to play sports, let's factor public education out of the loop.

...$225? Really?

statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com


An original production by 2003 Westview HS Advanced Media Studies
"The Thrope School Method" Starring Gavin Bristol and Dan Askew
Miss Anne Thrope founded a special school. Will her students learn to speak their minds before they lose them?

Oct. 23, 2010 To Wendy Owen, Oregonian "A leader from WAY outside the system to come in and shine a light around some"

Mr. Colonna can expect a lot of adoring attention as he finishes a job that has surely aged him. I only worked for him for 3 ½ months but he is the administrator who has had the most significant impact on my career as an educator, by far.

He is well-connected and deeply involved with the inner circle of Oregon's school bureaucracy. He likes to keep his cards close to the vest; he recently paid a building principal $120K to sit home for a year, silently; early in his B'ton tenure, he gave another building principal, caught coming to work drunk, a secrecy agreement that paid health insurance premiums in exchange for a quick resignation and for, subsequently, keeping his mouth shut; and, in 2004, after he had been on the job for four months, he fired me with a list of allegations which kept growing over a period of several months.

For the past several years, my efforts to defend myself against those allegations were filtered through a number of “legalities” that I would painfully learn were designed to distract and delay...and demean. (No Oregon teacher should be forced to work with the kinds of lawyers I encountered, ever.) It has now been six years (Colonna and I, it turns out, will have served the B'ton community for about the same amount of time, but for substantially different remuneration) and I STILL have never been able to answer his charges. I was harassed to sign a confession on his behalf for several years by woman whom, when he was a commissioner, he hired to run the state's teacher licensing board (TSPC). In the meantime, an OEA lawyer (apparently selected ahead of time with school district approval) delayed an appeal for two and ½ years while distracting me with a “million-dollar” federal lawsuit.

I had asked to quit only a few months before. After working two jobs for the price of one at one of the state's largest public high schools, I discovered I had been underpaid .4FTE in salary (about $20K) by unsupervised building administrators The pay discrepancy and accompanying administrative harassment occurred primarily in the year before Mr. Colonna began serving the Beaverton community; my efforts to communicate my concerns to him resulted in my being fired for sexually harassing a librarian with whom I rarely worked, a woman who was approached and asked twice by an assistant principal to sign a complaint.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn4LVpbLN9A



Pretty below-the-belt. Did I mention that my mother was dying at the time?

When Mr. Colonna moves on, I will be happy for all of Beaverton's professional educators, many of whom actually work in the classrooms with the 38,000 students for far less than $200,00 a year. The BSD school board has wisely avoided selecting the OSBA to lead this crucial search; the states' school board union frequently uses Linda Borquist, former Beaverton HR chief, to lead their searches. (Dr. Borquist told me later that she left Beaverton because of her involvement in my illegal termination.)

Beaverton's exceptional, vibrant school community deserves a leader from WAY outside the system to come in and shine a light around some.

Protelo est Ministro: Oct 20, 2010 open letter to Suzanne Bonamici, candidate for Oregon state Senate

Senator,
As your campaign frantically comes to a close, one constituent does not wish you good luck. As you gallantly promise your constituents that, in exchange for placing their faith and confidence in you, you will represent their interests, please know that there is one resident in your district who has persistently asked you to intercede on his behalf because the "machinery" of the state education bureaucracy continues to cheat him and his family. As you make reassuring pledges and smile encouragingly at desperate citizens who are discouraged by the failure of leaders to behave ethically and honorably, remember that one man asked you to look at overwhelming evidence that public employees are deceiving and stealing from the Beaverton taxpayers you represent, then paying (with education money) lawyers to help cover it up.

I desperately needed the representation of your office; instead you offered the empty rationale of lawyers.  You listed a litany of "hearing" opportunities that you and I both know were slanted, lawyer-controlled affairs where I was never allowed rebuttal witnesses or the opportunity to produce relevant evidence. If you are not able to recognize the injustice in the OEA/TSPC "first of its kind" collaboration, then you are ignorant or apathetic--neither of those good qualities in a state senator,

State employees, protecting dishonest Beaverton administrators who fired me illegally, continue to damage my ability to earn a living with allegations that have never been contested. And you know that.  Personal justice for me will come when I have had a fair trial with legitimate advocacy.

And justice for our desperate society will come with renewed commitment to oversight and accountability.  Until we have those things, democratic principals will continue to be eroded (see below) by self-interested hypocrites using public service as status ladders.

Don Bellairs, classroom teacher
www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com


From:
Don Bellairs
To:
Gail Rasmussen, president OEA
Katherine Wentzel, assistant to Gov. Kulongoski
Date:
Oct 5, 2010

Gail and Katherine,
The following forwarded email (below) is still on the Yahoo server-there is no doubt about my ability to demonstrate its authenticity (I have edited out my brother's email address; Doyle cc'd him).

You are both representatives of the two institutions that have let me down in my quest to be treated justly and with dignity: the state government and the OEA.  Gail, you were present when Mark Toledo, of OEA "advocacy," told me to contact the Oregon State Bar Association if I didn't like my union representation. It burned me to the gut that you would take my money for ten years and let that lawyer talk to me that way...Still burns, Gail.

Ms. Wentzel, in your response to my "Protelo est ministro" (To lead is to serve) message, you referred to a number of hearings and opportunities that I have been provided to tell my side.  You were misled by whomever provided those details, as the following email demonstrates.  I have never been allowed to call the students and colleagues who were used to discredit me--despite monumental efforts on my part. The following message (from the OEA lawyer appointed to me after the union representative was contacted by the Beaverton HR chief) is evidence of my "first of its kind" manipulation--it is designed to deny my right to due process while sheltering BSD officials who are contesting a civil suit.  The federal judge in my civil case had already turned down a request by Beaverton's former lawyer (Nancy Hungerford) who had attempted the same ruse ("accepting as true" certain hearsay testimony from the FDAB hearing)--Hungerford somehow influenced state employees to act differently than the federal judge...?

Our government is dependent on fair and honest leaders who make certain the laws apply fairly to all citizens.  I have experienced a living hell (much of it while my mother was dying) because I asked to be treated fairly in a system that regularly exploited human beings. I implore both of you: Please do what's right. The state of Oregon should allow me the hearing provided for in OAR's or its representatives should remove the illegal "findings" that have been posted improperly on a state-owned website for several years. The OEA should openly investigate its advocacy program, giving particular attention to the ability of pool lawyers to collaborate with the Hungerford Law firm as well as with state employees with whom they regularly interact.

Further, the Department of Justice should investigate the ability of the the state's teacher licensing agency personnel to aid private lawyers in concealing the misconduct of school administrators.  And my license to teach in the state of Oregon should be returned, unencumbered, unless someone can honestly demonstrate why I should be treated so much differently than others...

This is more than my personal problem.  It goes to the heart of what's wrong with schools.  It is not only kids who get bullied...I am eager to move past this.  I asked to quit a long, long time ago.  Do unto others...

Don Bellairs, teacher

PS The effort by the director of the Teacher (Double) Standards and (Deviant) Practices Commission, for no established reason, to get me to agree to alcohol treatment (below) was particularly offensive. I had given up drinking voluntarily several years before I ever taught in Oregon...yet I worked for a school district (BSD) that pays lawyers to shelter administrators who come to work drunk.

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Tom Doyle
To: Don Bellairs

Sent: Mon, January 30, 2006 10:27:32 AM
Subject: TSPC Case

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
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Westview HS media students Keegan Garrity and Mike Geurts: "Eight-Track Soul"

To Wendy Owen: Response to "Student Teacher says Beaverton discriminated..." Oct 1, 2010

The Beaverton superintendent's face-to-face meeting with the much-discussed student teacher represents a growth step for Mr. Colonna as a leader. When he fired me in 2004, the ax was swung by an assistant HR director, Hollis Lekas (at whose home I had been a guest two days before, with her husband Jim).

I was terminated just eight days after sharing with Mr. Colonna (then new BSD superintendent) some concerns I had about equity and teacher-support issues at Westview HS (then the state's largest). In the ensuing years of vicious and unnecessary conflict, I discovered that Mr. Colonna had managed to take my career away without having to look me in the eye.

I believe that Mr. Stambaugh was able to get Mr. Colonna's attention and respect because, in his case, BSD's “legal experts” had no teacher's union rep on their rolodex to run interference. If Stambaugh had already been a licensed teacher in Oregon (God forbid), we would likely never have learned his story and Colonna and the BSD leadership may have never done the right thing: Accepted ACCOUNTABILITY for administrative conduct (...although the original “deciders” in Stambaugh's replacement continue to be unnamed).

Mr. Stambaugh, had he been a vulnerable contracted employee, would be silently waiting at home, following the manipulative instructions of an insider ”pool” lawyer hired by the union while his reputation and work history were being revised and tainted.

I know.

Alas, I have seen the phrase “teachable moment” mentioned in reference to this unfortunate drama. Hopefully, it is one such moment for the Oregon's teachers. Times are tough; your jobs are precious. Question your union representation. What possible reason do they have for actually protecting you if you were someone like this young man? Answer: none.

I know.

I watched some of Westview's employees being mistreated (demeaned) by insensitive administrators and appropriately expressed my concerns to Colonna in a small faculty meeting --Jim Lekas was present then but never called to testify on my behalf. Mere days later, Ms. Lekas fired me for sexually harassing the Westview librarian, Jennifer Jordan. They approached her about signing a complaint...twice. I have never been able to talk to Colonna about the fairness of this—though God knows I have tried.

He has come a long way...

Or maybe not...
From the Portland Mercury:
UPDATE 10/1/2010: Lewis and Clark spokeswoman Jodi Heintz says there's a "discrepancy" in Beaverton School District's characterization of the incident. "We categorically deny that we had the final call on what happened with Seth," says Heintz. Instead, Lewis and Clark received a phone call that Stambaugh had been removed from the school. Usually when there is a conflict between a student teacher and a school, someone from Lewis and Clark sits down and talks it out with the school. In this case, there was no discussion, says Heintz. "The fact that we were completely cut out of the process was an aberration," she says.

www.teachinginthehadowoftheswoosh.blogspot.com
www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com


Outtakes from 2003 Westview High School media project "Wishes, Wisemen and Little Pigs"
With Mike "Puppy" McDonald, Fritz Brayton, Larry Arnold, Ryan Varella and many others...

Oct 2010 Reasonable expectations of fair treatment by OEA and state employees or "How Tom Doyle, Bennett Hartman Law, Defrauds OEA Member"..

To:
Gail Rasmussen, president Oregon Education Association
and
Katherine Wentzel, assistant to Gov. Kulongoski

Cc:
OEA board members
TSPC Commissioners
Beaverton Public School Board members
Camellia Osterink, Beaverton Public Schools lawyer
John Kroger, Attorney General
Robert Hermann, Wsahington Co. District AttorneyGail and Katherine,

The following forwarded email (below) is still on the Yahoo server--there is no doubt about my ability to demonstrate its authenticity (I have edited my brother's email address out of the original; Doyle cc'd him).
Gail, you were present when Mark Toledo, of OEA "advocacy," told me to contact the Oregon State Bar Association if I didn't like my union legal representation. It burned me to the gut that you would take my money for ten years and let that lawyer talk to me that way...Still burns, Gail.
Katherine, in your response to my "Protelo est ministro" (To lead is to serve) message, you assured me that the Governor had investigated my situation and you referred to a number of hearings and informed me that “due process’ was achieved by a contested hearing. You were misled. I have never been allowed to call the students and colleagues who were used to discredit me, despite monumental efforts on my part. The following email message (from the OEA lawyer appointed to me after my union representative was contacted by the Beaverton HR chief) is evidence of my "first of its kind" manipulation by the Office of Administrative Hearings--it is evidence that the Administrative Law Judge was using a unique procedure to deny my right to due process while sheltering school administrators while I was manipulated with a conflict-of-interest civil suit in federal court. The federal judge in my case had already turned down a request by Beaverton's former lawyer, Nancy Hungerford, before the director of the TSPC asked ALJ Andrea Sloan for the same biased opinion ("accepting as true" hearsay testimony from the FDAB hearing). Ms. Chamberlain, who was hired as director fo the TSPC in 2002 by the man I was “suing,” Jerome Colonna, harassed me for almost four years in an effort to coerce me to sign illegal stipulations to conduct for which she had no evidence or documentation. She was blatantly and illegally aiding Beaverton officials who were concealing administrative misconduct.
Our government is dependent on fair and honest leaders who make certain the laws apply fairly to all citizens. I have experienced a living hell (much of it while my mother was dying) because I asked to be treated fairly in a system that regularly exploited human beings. I implore both of you: Please do what's right.
1. The state of Oregon should allow me the hearing provided for in OAR's or its representatives should remove the illegal "findings" that have been posted improperly on a state-owned website for several years.
2. The OEA should openly investigate its advocacy program, giving particular attention to the ability of pool lawyers to collaborate with the Hungerford Law firm as well as with state employees with whom they regularly interact.
3 Further, the Department of Justice should investigate the ability of the the state's teacher licensing agency personnel to aid private lawyers in concealing the misconduct of school administrators.
4. Finally, my license to teach in the state of Oregon should be returned, unencumbered, until a time when someone can honestly and legally demonstrate why I should be treated as I have been by the TSPC.
This is more than my personal problem--it goes to the heart of what's wrong with schools. It is not only kids who get bullied...you cannot have effective teachers if you do not afford them dignity and respect.
I am eager to move past this.
www.thankyouforyourattention.blogspot.com
Sincerely,
Don Bellairs, teacher

PS The effort by the director of the Teacher (Double) Standards and (Deviant) Practices Commission, for no established reason, to get me to agree to alcohol treatment (below) was particularly offensive. I had given up drinking voluntarily several years before I ever taught in Oregon...yet I worked for a school district (BSD) that pays lawyers to shelter administrators who come to work drunk.



10/10/10

Westview HS (2001) Advanced Media students Jeff Hanson and Yao Tzio video essay about a complicated place...

To Elizabeth Hovde, Oregonian Oct 2, 2010

Aging baby boomers remember a time when all the libraries and public buildings sported yellow-and-black civil defense signs announcing sanctuary from a nuclear attack. Some of us recall that the illustrations of twenty-first-century humans were usually depictions of normal bodies with distorted, protruding foreheads--ostensibly enlarged to make room for highly-developed brains.

Some may even remember how often, as school children, we read in our Weekly Readers about the perils of the rapid increase in populations. Back then, we learned a lot about how difficult it would be for humans to get along as we become more crowded...more confined...more always-in-public.

I remember lots of studies using rats.

And now here we are...a dysfunctional federal government mandating to dysfunctional state government about a dysfunctional school system. I have worked in a lot of schools--some are worse than most fear.

But now is not time to blame as much as to ask people to accept responsibility:
Teachers, speak out. Do not allow the politics of the union to mute your voices. The union is part of the problem. Classroom teachers in buildings know who's cheating the system (answer: a lot of people) the teachers who have influence and security must stand up, because most of Oregon's teachers can't say anything--their OEA leaders work with the school administrators who pay into union coffers money taken from the salaries of disposable teachers.

Parents, speak out: If you are a mom who has taken a minute of a school administrator's or a board member's time about an issue with the dance team or a part in a school play, you should apologize to the taxpayers. The rest of you parents---remember the adults who work with your kids start out wanting them all to succeed (hence the relative success of most public elementary schools) and run into trouble when some parents expect more success than others...I know.

Finally, administrators, 'fess up. How many of you hide, like some of mine used to, behind stacks of busy-work without addressing the real problems in your buildings, emerging to bask vicariously in the glow of some "chosen" coach's or drama teacher's success with a mega-budget program?

One day we will eliminate the "foo-foo" that is alluring to those folks who use our public schools as status ladders and they will go somewhere else. One day there will no longer be a heirarchy built on faux social standing to influence the way teachers work with students in public schools. We could start in that direction by making all school programs (therefore, all teachers' jobs) equal. We can do a lot of plays in classrooms instead of a few on a million-dollar stage. We can have a lot of flag football games instead of one Friday night thriller each week. It seems obvious that America's potential professional athletes should be on teams financed not by taxpayers wanting better citizens but by the local media outlets, since media are ultimately who benefit most from all of that stuff.

In his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer describes the scholar's skinny horse to depict the austere economic conditions required of legitimate scholarship. It is a poor idea for teachers to show up in Porsches to teach kids from the projects. Perhaps NOW is a good time for leaders to study the economic principal "Law of the Commons" as it applies to public schools.

And now is the time to get all the lawyers out of public education. We must insist that the very literate Ms. Hovde and her colleagues in the media identify those leaders who seek to avoid accountability and oversight. We can re-dedicate ourselves to the untarnished American ideal of a community of fallible humans who are governed by checks and balances. Just watch our foreheads grow!

www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com



2003 Westview High School "Advisory"  program 
 starring A. J. Anderson

Narrated by Malcolm Dennis, former Westview High School principal.  Written for Dennis to present at an all-staff meeting for BSD adminstrators.

From Betsy Hammond, Oregonian "How to get a letter published in the newspaper" Sept 30, 2010

4,100 Students Prove ‘Small Is Better’ Rule Wrong (NYT front page article Sept 28, 2010)

To Betsy Hammond, Oregonian

Hey Betsy...

Nice writing...the OSBA leadership turmoil deserves some scrutiny...

The NYT ran a front-page story today attempting to debunk the "small is better" conventional wisdom about (public) schools.

Big schools CAN work IF they are teacher-led...The story examines the hard work of some classroom teachers in a large school in Brockton, MA. This effort was led by a teacher, Susan Szachowicz, who has since become administrator. Her effort focused primarily on writing. They got everybody in the whole school to teach writing--or to try, which is the same thing.

This universal approach to teaching/learning was a primary component of the Kentucky Education Reform Act in the '90's--a concentrated effort to re-train every teacher in every field to be able to teach and evaluate basic components of good writing. (Seems like a small thing to ask that all teachers be able to write as well as we expect their students to...)

The Kentucky writing program was very similar to Oregon's failed (and expensive) CIM/CAM experiment--the major exception being that, in Kentucky, a portfolio of writing papers was submitted by every student, evaluated by in-building teachers and and THEN RANDOMLY SAMPLED at the state level to assess accuracy of the initial evaluation.

Otherwise known as "accountability."

In the seven years I taught writing in Oregon at the middle and high school levels, I was never aware of anyone double-checking my assessment of a CIM paper...

My point is that the article in today's Times can be misleading and should not be. The point of the article--that mega-schools can work--should not overshadow the inherent truth in the article: That a group of dedicated teachers took the initiative to seek out the cooperation of the entire staff to do the right thing for their students.

Having participated in the Kentucky reform in the early '90's, when veteran PE and art teachers were dragged kicking and screaming through writing seminars, I know what Dr. Szachowicz must have experienced in the early days. That she now has empirical evidence (and a front page article in the Times) to support her theories is like a winning record for the coach: She can now press ahead with genuine classroom education. It would seem that she is not letting the influential parent of a dance team member or a few potential Division 1 athletes draw unmerited attention from her mission.

Big schools can work if everybody does what the principal asks...and if the principal is asking for the right kinds of stuff. Unfortunately, it is much easier to build a few monolithic, big-budget, media-genic programs, involve some influential parents seeking status, canonize the privileged teacher who gets all those percs not available to real classroom teachers...and then call it all a "school." It is important to recognize that the Times article is not, as it appears, an argument for big schools; it is rather an argument for teacher-led schools...as opposed to schools led by administrators who have often fled the classroom and are cronies of the school board members or administrators who have themselves gained positions for which they are not qualified. This sort of bureaucratic corruption is, unfortunately, more the rule than the exception in our contemporary society. It remains dangerous to create big schools, even if they can work, because a lot of power becomes centralized and the ability of the school to serve the most vulnerable of its students is proportionately damaged.

That's who we are failing. Those kids...and the teachers who struggle teach them. I know.

www.teachingintheshadowoftheswoosh.blogspot.com
www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot

Re: Big schools CAN work IF they are teacher-led (NYT front page article)
From: Betsy Hammond

To: Joanne Yatvin
; Don Bellairs

Dear Don:

You are correct in telling Joanne that I read much of what you send me. Or at least the first several screenloads --- you do tend to write extremely long. : )

I worry that the NYT story risks the same problem it is railing against..... Central Park East in NYC and then High Tech High in San Diego were wonderful, amazing small schools.... that cannot (it has been proven) be replicated with the same success b/c they were exceptional cases with exceptional principals and other unique circumstances.... and yet those two schools were pointed to over and over as proof that small school would SAVE our kids. The nation, and particularly Gates, went nuts creating thousands of small schools, many of which got equally bad or slightly worse results than the big schools they replaced.

I love what the principal and teachers have accomplished at that one huge high school in Massachusetts. But does one super successful big school (or even two or three) mean we as a nation should swing the pendulum?

I agree that smaller is always better was nonsense. And I have written A LOT about two big high schools with semi and super challenging demographics that get awesome results: Oregon City High and Forest Grove High. For Oregon, they're huge.

But to overgeneralize that Brockton and Szachowicz can be replicated by building lots of 4000 student high schools seems equally nuts.

OF COURSE having teacher leaders empowered to do good for kids is essential and I feel I have written that until I am blue in the face.... but will continue to write it.

Anyway, a letter to the editor or op-ed is always a good idea to try. But look at what gets published, whether in the NYT or The O: it's gotta be short and very much to the point. Joanne has a great track record of her stuff getting published in The O. Maybe she can help you.

- Betsy



From: Joanne Yatvin
To: Don Bellairs
Sent: Tue, September 28, 2010 9:41:35 AM
Subject: Re: Big schools CAN work IF they are teacher-led (NYT front page article)
 Don.
I read the same article and came to the same conclusion: teacher leadership made the difference. Why don’t you write an Op-ed or at least a letter to the editor on this topic? You have the facts and a great writing style. Share them with the public rather than just Betsy Hammond—wo will probably ignore them anyway.
 Joanne

Don Bellairs 9/28/2010 11:55 AM
joann,
thanks for your compliment. i would like to send a copy of my message to the NYT but don't know the process. i was wondering...if you would serve as intermediary. those editors read your stuff.

better, the Oregonian may well run the same piece tomorrow. will you consider helping me get in print? you have gravitas--i'm merely an angry ex-teacher with a chip...

and thanks a lot for not ignoring me. i haven't felt a great deal of respect from my professional colleagues around here.

don

ps i do have some evidence betsy reads most of my stuff. i posted this on the oregonian website under her article about Portland schools today and put it in my "Teaching in the Shadow of the Swoosh" blog and "tagged" her--whatever that means (i never thought i would be doing this with my language skills... c'est la vie..c'est la guere.)

pss You watching the story about the chairwoman of the OSBA (school boards union) quitting abruptly. Right here in the middle of the political season?





1999 Westview High School Media Studies presentation "The Kentucky Killer" starring Julie Leahy, Todd Telle and Sam Vore

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"