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

The Opposite of Yvonne "Kickback" Katz

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Some people give back to their community. Then there's Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell, who's really giving back. As in $800,000 — what would have been his compensation for the next three years.
Until his term expires in 2015, Powell will run 325 schools and 35 school districts with 195,000 students, all for less than a starting California teacher earns.
"How much do we need to keep accumulating?" asks Powell, 63. "There's no reason for me to keep stockpiling money."
Powell's generosity is more than just a gesture in a region with some of the nation's highest rates of unemployment. As he prepares for retirement, he wants to ensure that his pet projects survive California budget cuts. And the man who started his career as a high school civics teacher, who has made anti-bullying his mission, hopes his act of generosity will help restore faith in the government he once taught students to respect.
"A part of me has chaffed at what they did in Bell," Powell said, recalling the corrupt Southern California city officials who secretly boosted their salaries by hundreds of thousands of dollars. "It's hard to believe that someone in the public trust would do that to the public. My wife and I asked ourselves 'What can we do that might restore confidence in government?'"
Powell's answer? Ask his board to allow him to return $288,241 in salary and benefits for the next three and a half years of his term. He technically retired, then agreed to be hired back to work for $31,000 a year — $10,000 less than a first-year teacher — and with no benefits.
"I thought it was so very generous on his part," said school board member Sally Tannenbaum. "We get to keep him, but at a much lower rate."
His move was so low-key, his manner so unassuming, that it took four days after the school board meeting for word of his act to get out to the community. There were no press releases or self-congratulatory pats on the back.
"Things like this are what America is all about," said friend Alan Autry, Fresno's former celebrity mayor who played Capt. Bubba Skinner on the TV series "In the Heat of The Night."
"America is as much about overcoming obstacles in difficult times as it is opulence," Autry said. "This reminds me of the great sacrifices made throughout our history, especially the Great Depression."
No one has been more surprised about the positive reaction than Powell, a lifelong educator who didn't realize that what he did was newsworthy. He chuckles at his desk when yet another e-mail arrives from a colleague blown away by his generosity. Two days after word got out he had received 200 messages on his Facebook page.
"When you make good choices, good things happen to you," said Powell, who tends to talk in the kind of uplifting phrases that also make him a sought-after motivational speaker.
He even sees as an asset his childhood contraction of polio, which left him with a limp and a brace, and now a lingering post-polio syndrome.
"It's the most spectacular thing that has happened to me in all my life," he said. "People stepped up to help me be successful."
Powell might credit others, but others say Powell's drive always has come from within. Despite the right leg brace and experimental operations to stop the growth of his healthy leg, he became a champion high school wrestler in Fresno and set a record for one of the most dreaded of all gym class drills — the 20-foot rope climb, which he completed in 1.8 seconds. Today he carries a six handicap in golf.
After moving into school administration he became deputy superintendent, and was appointed to his current job before running for the office in 2006.
The ordained Baptist minister, who serves on the board of a national anti-bullying group that sprang from the Columbine shootings, is so popular he even counts among his friends his contract bargaining nemesis, the former head of the employees' union.
"For a leader to step up to help the budget is phenomenal," said Mike Lepore. "It gives you hope. It gives you the feeling that everything is being done to try to make education work. It's Larry. It really is."
Powell will still earn a six-figure retirement, especially hefty by the standards of California's farming heartland. But because his salary comes out of the district's discretionary budget, for the next three years he'll be able to steer the money he is giving up where he wants: to programs for kindergarten and preschool, the arts and a pet project that steers B and C students into college by teaching them how to take notes and develop strategy skills.
"Our goal has never been to have things," Powell said of himself and his wife, Dot. "We want to give back."

2003 Westview High School "Advisory" program (four-year home room) 

Starring A. J. Anderson

Created and produced in 2003 by Don Bellairs, Westview High School video productions teacher, for former Westview principal Malcolm Dennis. Presented at staff meeting for Beaverton School District administrators and principals.

Oregon: America's Hungriest Children?


The article in today's NYT by Charles Blow should get your attention. His point, not politically popular with some people, is focused on the insanity of health policies that restrict abortion opportunities. His wisdom:

"Even if you follow a primitive religious concept of punishment for sex, as many on the right seem to do, you must at some point acknowledge that it is the child, not the parent, who will be punished most by our current policies that increasingly advocate for “unborn children” but fall silent for those outside the womb.  This is not how a rational society operates."

If you are not with me yet, consider the chart that accompanies Mr. Blow's essay, listing the 50 states and the District of Columbia in order, with the state with the most “food insecure” households first and the least “food insecure” states last.

Oregon's national ranking in hungriest children rivals that of it's premiere college sports franchise. Actually, the Oregon Ducks are only 3rd nationally in most major polls and our “Hungry Children” are first among all 50 states, ranking only behind the District of Columbia.

If your only memory from Psyche 101 was Maslow's hierarchy of needs, you are able to grasp that, before we can solve the debt and/or health crisis, the hole the Japanese are quietly burning though the Earth's mantle, or even the next budget for the massive Beaverton School District, we must first be fed and rested and warm and cuddled. Maslow said that we can't be moral if we are hungry.

But OUR kids are coming to school hungrier than anybody else's, which by extension means they are coming without their other basic needs met, too. The expectation can only be that our teachers have harder jobs. So do our social workers, our cops and juvenile justice people, our youth court workers and our volunteer youth organizations—all of these people work with a higher percentage of kids who are unprepared for “friendship, self-esteem, achievement, respect of others” or, farther up, “creativity, problem-solving, lack of prejudice, acceptance of facts."

Instead of bucking up and taking on the heavy lifting, we seem inclined to excuse our leadership  and turn toward the distractions of our super-talented gladiators, athletes culled from the (better-fed) masses and armored by wealthy patrons to entertain our royalty.

In America, we are calling the result “school.”

Take heed: The superintendent of Oregon's public education system is neither an educator nor a superintendent.  The president of our teachers' union isn't a teacher.  The experience I have had with the OEA and their associates in state education roles has made me despair for the future of our schools www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com

But this is Portland, dammit. The east side of the river is chock full of under-employed geniuses who will work cheaply for dignity and the opportunity to learn and advance.  They will be willing to pass background checks if they can get some kind of decent opportunity that allows them to avoid union membership and state licensing.

And we can also tap into the robust seniors who do not need to triple-dip after retirement like some of our more "professional" educators.

But first...let's feed the kids. Then let's make schools a place of hope for all people instead of a showcase for a few.

Hypocrisy Unbound: OEA "grades" the Oregon legislature

Oregon teachers union hands out harsh grades, even to longtime legislative allies

The on-line headline is more honest when it states that the union gave the grades; the hard copy, probably to conserve space, credited "teachers" for the "F's" awarded to our legislators--when "teachers" had very little to do with any chimerical, politicized grading attributed to the OEA.
I was a dues-paying member of the Oregon Education Association for a decade and I was always too busy teaching kids to "grade" politicians or sue Sizemore or any of the stuff that union politicos are doing that the headlines often credit Oregon's "teachers" with.
This might be a good time to remind people that the president of the teachers' union has never taught a class.
The ability of the secretive leaders of the OEA to use our state's legal department to pursue political ends should frighten every human in the state (see: Sizemore debacle). When I was underpaid and treated unfairly by unaccountable Beaverton school administrators, I needed OEA help and was appointed a dishonest lawyer who enriched himself with teachers' money while manipulating me and prolonging my case. Meanwhile, he helped Beaverton school officials and lawyers conceal the misconduct of the principals who had fired me.
Not a bad job: School administrator...Get paid for life for a job you can't get fired from, protected by lawyers being paid by the very employees you are exploiting.
While I am certain that other school districts did not develop the broad patterns of malfeasance that arose in Beaverton during the tenure of Yvonne "Kickback" Katz and her cronies, there is too much evidence that hooligan lawyers like Nancy "Pass-the-Trash" Hungerford and unaccountable state agency directors like Vickie "Let's Make a Deal" Chamberlain at the TSPC have sheltered a lot of hanky-panky to avoid unpleasant publicity for the deep-pocketed school officials who work so closely with them.
This is the OEA I know: Politicized and duplicitous. No real classroom teacher should EVER be required to pay a penny to that organization for the right to teach. Those legislators who were awarded "F's" can take solace in the evidence that shows that they have been labeled failures by powerful people who have benefitted personally (million-dollar retirements?!?) while allowing our schools to become "below average" in a nation that is not holding the bar real high right now.
If the shadowy figures for whom Ms. Darby speaks can call them failures publicly, then perhaps our legislators, public servants who are trying to improve the efficiency of our schools, should award a little detention?

To Ben Cannon, Oregon education reformer


Perhaps this IS a little frightening...Not so much that Mr. Cannon has had the good fortune to achieve this significant position, but that the editors of the NW's most influential newspaper find it hard to imagine a better choice.

Good luck, Ben. The Governor must believe you will fight for this reform thing or he would not have thrown you into the pit.  Your job is to un-ring a resounding bell. I am sure this is not true all over, but where I once worked, being a teacher was apparently the worst job in the school as insiders were rewarded with non-teaching roles while outsiders were assigned ungainly #'s of students and provided with inadequate spaces to teach in.

Ben, the kids pick up on that inequity...it may become the lasting lesson for many kids who attend our public schools.

Under the layers of fluff created by the administrators who will filter and distill information about their schools and their employees, you will find the reality of a lot of desperate people, many of whom are asked to do jobs of which they are incapable, but that they cannot abandon.

The Governor must expect you to find the Truth rather than repair the Image, Ben, or you would not be earning double a master teacher's salary to fix the workplace.  It will not be a pretty thing, taking back the schools...lots of lawyers enriched in a big bureaucracy. But, until government leadership enforces oversight and administrative accountability, all the reform rhetoric is merely smokescreen hypocrisy.

Oh, and as others have mentioned, there is the problem of the OEA. www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com

Redesigning public high schools

Portand is the PERFECT place to show the world that a city that can build bike paths, have street fairs and embrace a harmonious co-existence with the planet can also have great schools in a time of economic decline...
The problem with ALL public schools starts with leadership (like ALL governance) so we have to have good people at the top...
Or do we? We didn't used to...the passing of Senator Hatfield helps us remember that the art of the deal was how things got done and if you were a player, you expected a piece of the pie.
Well, like other aspects of society that have long since gone over-the-top, the mission of politics has become one of service to one's own career--the voters are reduced to assets or liabilities.
PPS taxpayers are aware that EVERYWHERE that public money goes, self-interested people will be attracted. It is important to note that the PPS school board members, in their current conflict with classroom teachers, are retaining, at great public expense, a law firm (Hungerford) that has apparently made more pass-the-trash deals for Oregon school administrators than all the other law firms in the state have, collectively. Disclosure: Beaverton administrators used Hungerford to fire me illegally over a period of four years.
PPS could use this time of unrest to re-think the high school--COMPLETELY re-design it--cut it up so that schools are again manageable entities with clear missions--and we could fire the lawyers and hold bureaucrats accountable. No secret agreements...Put it out the on the internet and on the local TV stations.
MOST important: Split up the universally dysfunctional "high school" approach and re-locate the parts of public schooling that do not promote the mission of our Constitution. All those big-budget programs need to be relegated to different places, remote from where we teach our kids that all humans have equal value under our Constitution...places where we can role-model how to share and compromise instead of showing off our new "pumped-up kicks."
And let's try something novel and egalitarian: Keep the new high schools open all day and night; they are public property and do not belong to entrenched bureaucrats courting the favor of the influential people whose children happen to be passing through at any particular period of time.
Let's call them "First School" (or something to distinguish them) and make them a place where showing off and posturing are discouraged--where the brilliance emanates from within the minds of people who are following tight budgets, not from slick advertising purchased by fundraisers. First School is a lot of computers, maybe, in a very large open area with a lot of oversight, surrounded by pull-out classrooms. Everyone who goes there gets skills they need to be good citizens. No one gets more opportunities because they have nice clothes or a good jump shot.
Move that stuff to "Second School" (no less important to many kids and parents, but far less important to many taxpayers). Second School is comprised of any group that competes interscholastically, anything that has a logo and anything can pass as entertainment. SS can happen anywhere, in any approved site, and the programs will retain the schools' names, but the budget and the incredible energy that big programs require of overwhelmed administrators...all of those are removed from the First School. Fundraising for SS activities should be moved to the domain of NON-educators who do not influence First School processes such as hiring or teaching assignments (as Beaverton discovered, it is sometimes easier to get an AP teacher to raise lots of money than it is to get her to teach classes).
Anyway, First School can run in shifts because, believe it or not, there are a ton of kids who would LEARN if teachers did not have to compete with so much "dance-team foo-foo" and the like. First School can have an afternoon shift for remediation, an evening school for alternative learners and an all-night program for specialty programs and continuing ed. There are currently lots of good teachers looking for jobs.
So what if we lose a few charismatic coaches to Second School...In my experience, we often don't see the freshman math teacher's radiating candle because of the lighthouses we build for the coaches and drama teachers in public high schools.
Let's move those lighthouses to Second School; let's encourage the sporting equipment and apparel firms, the media outlets and, of course, the well-to-do parents to use their money to influence this self-promotional part of the human development process that has become intertwined with public school. Certainly it is important; it just shouldn't be so important...in our schools.
Hey Portland, let's take the lead: Redesign public high school.
1. The OEA as it exists is not good for your children, your teachers or your schools (the many Oregon politicians who depend on that organization shouldn't). 
2. The current bureaucracy in Salem is out-of-touch with classroom teachers and their needs. 
3. The task of guiding a huge swath of diverse kids to master disciplines and move toward productive lives with service and citizenship values instilled--that task is now beyond daunting. We are going to have to (immediately) replace entrenched administrators (who hide information from the public) with volunteer managers who seek out the public to contribute, to be involved, actively, with the function of the schools.
Sure we need an "education" mayor. We also need an "education" state school superintendent and an "education" teachers' union president...and don't have them. Mostly, we need a system where they can ALL be held accountable for their actions. Right now, only the teachers in Oregon are vulnerable. Ask the Hungerfords and the OEA: www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com

Still on the server: How the OEA really represents the teachers who pay into it:

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: "Tom.Husted@oregoned.org"
To: bellairsd@yahoo.com
Cc: Hanna.Vaandering@oregoned.org; doylet@bennetthartman.com
Mon, November 14, 2005

Subject: RE: Teacher Double Standards and Deviant Practices Commission
Don – I (we-BEA) am not going to get in the middle of this. Mr. Doyle is a fine attorney and I suggest you take up your concerns with him or his supervisor if you are unhappy with his representation.

From: Don Bellairs [mailto:bellairsd@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005
To: Husted, Tom [OR]
Subject: Teacher Double Standards and Deviant Practices Commission

My case has taken on a whole new ambiance.  The TSPC and BSD are openly in collusion ( I will explain when we meet). Is this Oregon or Ukraine ?  Doyle is working very closely with the other side and providing me with limited information.  I paid for this service?

I would like the BEA to send a letter to all members about my case.  If you do not inform membership of the processes that can be used against them by employers and a corrupt state licensing board, you are remiss as an advocate of teachers.

Please be in touch.  We are near the end of this and I am getting together my resources. I will need for you to testify at TSPC and at the federal case. Please email me with a time next week when I can sit with you and the new BEA rep and get you caught up.

Thank you. 

Don Bellairs

Janet Hogue and Linda Borquist do not own public education.  Big shots always cheat if nobody prevents it.  Who prevents it in Beaverton ?

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"