Dear Beaverton School District leaders,
I had hoped to soften my rhetoric during the Thanksgiving holiday; this conflict is bad for my health. However, given the nature of my recent correspondence with a BSD administrator, I am working harder now to include Sue Robertson in an ongoing effort to expose public officials who abuse their authority to conceal misconduct or ineptitude in school management.
There are a lot of citizens who are sick and tired of bureaucratic authorities who abuse their power for self-interest (this sentiment can only increase as sordid elements of PERS are exposed). The only reason that dishonest Beaverton officials were able to violate my employment contract in 2004 was because lawyers with improper influence with government officials were hired to break the rules.
I realize my daily phillipics are cementing, for some recipients of these messages, the notion I am literally mad: To you who are immune to evidence, I offer no argument. To those people who may read this and are capable of objectivity: Illness--both mental and physical--is episodic and temporal when not terminal and fatal. Everyone is vulnerable to mental diseases and sicknesses just as they are to physical ones; measurable occurrences depend on myriad variables. For the record, I know a lot of sane people who would fight as hard as I am for fair treatment, given the same situation. You (or your representatives employed by the BSD) have stolen something from me that I worked hard for; to that end, you or your representatives paid ruthless lawyers (secretly) to damage my reputation and revise my work history.
I hate this war with you. The vicious four-year attack on my life that was begun so long ago has destroyed most of what I valued before I began teaching for a school district whose administrators were not required to support classroom education. I had asked to resign without penalty after reporting some serious concerns I had with Westview High School administration; in response, your representatives launched an unnecessary and cruel attack on me, sheltering themselves from accountability by contacting my union representative beforehand. Those individuals who attacked me, by and large, continue to enjoy nice careers or generous retirements, financed by taxpayers; none has ever been held accountable for misconduct, even though many board members are aware of misconduct.
Finding a way to govern our democracy begins with recognizing that our chosen leaders' initial intentions are to be honorable and trustworthy, yet all (even school board members) are susceptible to the corruption of power. This corruption festers when bureaucracies like the BSD are run in the darkness. When each of you, as school board members and administrators, demonstrate to the public that your teachers are disposable commodities, your teachers' effectiveness is diluted. (Your continuing collaboration with certain OEA representatives is obscene.)
I am very angry, obviously, every morning. But the facts demonstrate that Ms. Robertson's cronies are safe from physical danger even (as in the case of Mike Chamberlain, my boss for three months) when they make rude remarks about a disgruntled ex-employee's recently-deceased mother. I hope to hear from representatives of the Beaverton School Board soon, to clear up this unfortunate debacle. My license to work was stolen from me by unethical government employees acting to shelter Mr. Colonna and others at BSD who had behaved improperly during my termination. I would like to teach and resent being prevented by those who won't or can't.
Real teaching begins with role modeling. There may be people on the school board who know that already. Certainly there are members who wish to be perceived as honorable people. Otherwise, at some point, you will be accountable for the continuing deception of the taxpayers and the simultaneous failing of your fiduciary responsibility.
Don Bellairs, teacher
PS Do you really need all those fancy BSD administrators? How many of 'em can park their European sports cars in public school parking lots and pull off three or four different lesson plans for five classes a day, each packed with 35 disenfranchised teenagers?
Advanced media project by Jeff Borquist, Westview HS