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

Where is Oregon's Mr. Puffer?


Mr. Puffer, the investigative reporter who nearly a decade ago shook the stuffy establishment of New England public education, is as much a hero in our democracy as some of the guys who went to war in Iraq at about the same time. He had a lot less artillery for his "shock-and-awe," but he maybe did more to change America than the expensive war we just abandoned.

Surely he is as much a hero...maybe more of one? And at some personal risk? Because he must have pissed off some powerful insiders...that act is usually followed by bad fortune. I discovered that fact after working in the Beaverton schools.

For, without oversight or accountability, people in power will behave improperly. That is a given in our democracy and the motive behind checks and balances and the Bill of Rights.

When our state courts can be manipulated--blatantly--on behalf of entrenched bureaucrats concealing misconduct, as happened in my case, we have crossed a line.


The people who stripped me of my dignity so that I would abandon my cause would not have been able to behave so cruelly had they feared any accountability for their unethical conduct (NOTE: The philosophy behind THAT statement is my motive for writing, daily, almost eight years after I was stabbed in the back by people who are STILL gaming the system, growing rich with public money...by being secretive).

Our system of educational governance is still broken, despite the accouterments of reform recently applied to agencies in Salem. The lawyers who manipulated me are all still in place at the OEA. The then-Beaverton union president, Hanna Vaandering, who brought me an illegal contract to help conceal administrative misconduct, is now VP of the state's union AND a member of the Governor's new OEIB.

And my sordid ordeal is merely one example of unsupervised and curiously-qualified public school millionaires using our schools as status ladders and ATMs.

When I met with Hanna Vaandering, in desperation more than two and 1/2 years after my termination, to share concerns about my legal representation, she called the lawyer who had been "representing" me and discovered she had been deceived about my (conflict-of-interest?) federal law suit. Then Ms. Vaandering broke my heart by bringing me a NEW contract created by a new BSD lawyer (Osterink) nearly a year after I had signed the first one...Ms. Vaandering knowingly became part of the cover-up (helping Nancy and Jennifer Hungerford mislead Judge Robert E. Jones in federal court) and now she enjoys a rapid ascent in state politics.

Where is Mr. Puffer?

The closed and dysfunctional system that swallowed me and chewed on me for years when I asked for equitable treatment in Oregon's public schools should be a red flag to investigative education reporters. I am not without fault and had some bad days, like all over-worked teachers in over-crowded schools--and I will quickly concede to a (nonviolent but mercurial) temper, usually reserved for bullying or injustice--but I am a very skilled, educated and experienced professional and often had to work for people in Beaverton who were not.

Long ago in my quest for dignity and fair play, when I realized I had been betrayed by the representatives of the Oregon Education Association to whom I had been paying dues for a decade to protect my employment rights, I became committed to trying to write something everyday until I had achieved a sense of justice in my conflict with secretive public employees who use public resources to take from Oregon's poorly-represented teachers (and, by extension, their students), everyday.

I see opportunists like Vaandering given jobs they do not deserve and I realize they are being rewarded for their convenient lapses in ethics. I silently scream for our Mr. Puffer. Until there is accountability from sheltered elites in our public school bureaucracy and some atonement by the leaders of Oregon's erstwhile union of teachers, the OEA, then all "movements" toward reform are detours to dead-ends.

Response to Sue Robertson, current Beaverton School District HR chief.


































Trickle-down Megalomania


The USA Today is boldly doing a number on the gods of college coaching, that pantheon of Ego and Money. Quick self-awareness quiz: Who among us would not behave as many of them behave, given the influence and power they wield? Considering the incredible rock star status these big time coaches enjoy, usually in some places (Baton Rogue, Tuscaloosa, Storrs, Eugene) where there is little competition for their adoration, can any of us honestly make judgments about self-interested conduct that we ourselves, in the same situation, would be very inclined, given our human nature, to emulate?

Because, according to the article's salary chart, coaching can be a pretty lucrative gig. Perhaps we should start saying, more aptly, that successful touring musicians "enjoy college-coach status."

(The chart shows that Rick Pitino makes seven million bucks coaching basketball at Louisville. FYI: Pitino started hanging with the horse people when he was coaching in Lexington--at UK--a couple of jobs ago; his basketball salary, while not incidental, is certainly not required any longer.)

USA TODAY has recently published a series of articles that conclude that these guys have a disproportionate influence on leadership in many of America's institutions of higher learning. Hard to argue against that.

Let's face it: Entertainment pays much better than education so problems exist when those industries overlap. Inequity breeds unfairness, diminished oversight and ultimately corruption. Self-evidently.

Robert Lipsyte, the award-winning sports writer, said a day earlier in the same paper, bleakly, that he really didn't see an end to this problem. The will, he concludes, to hold powerful people accountable is a hard one to summon. All around us, everyday, we see things being done by others that are not good for the common good. We are frustrated but silent.

We have to speak out as individuals so that all voices are one. I sense that to be the commonality of the "occupy" effort--to unite the voices of the oppressed. (Beware: The Truth Often Begets Trouble. Even right here near River City: teachingintheshadowoftheswoosh.blogspot.com)

But only the expressed will of the people, all of us demanding accountability, will challenge the growing momentum of a more entertaining but less moral culture.

In an ideal world, the deep-pocketed athletic conferences, the authentic forces behind these monolithic college sports programs, would split away from the colleges and become legitimate private enterprises that employ these coaches. It's that simple.

But, equally ideally, our millionaire legislators would forego their public salaries and retirements and pay their own staffs and travel expenses until we are out of this mess they have gotten us into.

Equally ideally, big shot bureaucratic employees who have surrounded themselves with expensive sycophants and spent public money to win friends would revise their retirements to reflect something closer to that of people who worked for a living.

But that will never happen until we demand it and right now--Go Ducks--we don't want it to. But one day Eugene will be State College and we might. We have tough times ahead. We are looking for incorruptible people willing to do exasperating work on behalf of an irrational public.

Sounds impossible and depresses writers like Lipsyte.

But we can start with our own personal awareness that this corruption is ubiquitous and the only thing keeping a lot of us from cheating, too, is opportunity. We must start with our own humbling self-awareness BUT move quickly to holding EVERYBODY accountable, even our icons.

There is something sad about the Ducks becoming more like the Buckeyes and the Crimson Tide but don't tell anybody that ton January 2nd. Drinks all around!

There is also something sad about the Southridge High girls or the Westview boys getting (faux) national basketball rankings. Tuning teenagers and history teachers into celebrities in the impressionable world of public high schools is an aberrant alchemy--very black magic.

Trickle-down megalomania.

Attention investigative journalists: We should proactively scrutinize those places in the public domain where power has been concentrated and leadership is entrenched...and from where public information is not easily made public. Here in Oregon, we shouldn't have to wait until a fifteen-year-old in Happy Valley has the guts to speak Truth to Power.




"Sweeping Education Reform"...under the rug

A courteously composed letter to the Oregonian from Rex Hagans, the founder of Save our Schools, poses (and answers...sort of) five questions under a headline about "sweeping reform."

The "sweeping" that takes place in the state's education bureaucracy is a verb, not an adjective, and describes the act of relocating inconvenient truths "under the rug."

All five of Mr. Hagans' questions highlight but do not address the curious disparity of effectiveness between public elementary schools and public high schools. All five questions have one answer:

Greed.

In public elementary schools, a) teachers have the same jobs, b) the principal was almost always a teacher before and c) aggressive parents are not yet bullying or bribing school staffs to demonstrate that their children are superior.

Ergo, those public schools work for all children.

Little that describes elementary schools holds true for public high schools as I have experienced them.

They are hijacked by status seekers and social climbers and the wrong kinds of teachers and kids get disproportionate attention and opportunities. Administrators who cannot be fired have no incentive to perform capably or honestly as long as they are able to meet the needs of a few influential people. In Beaverton, that influence extends (through "specialty" lawyers paid with education money) to state agencies and courts: www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com

The fact that one member of the Governor's ballyhooed OEIB, Hanna Vaandering, originates in a public school district--Beaverton--that has created vast inequities in opportunities for kids and teachers while propagating crops of PERS millionaires is evidence that there is much work ahead for the 99%. Ms. Vaandering is nice enough in person and I'm sure she taught some great gym classes in the Beaverton elementary schools in her day, but she is obviously on the fast-track in a union with a questionable history of public service (what is it about B'ton employees and union leadership, anyway?) that should make us all very suspicious.

My personal experience is, when she was president of the Beaverton Education Association, she acted intentionally in a way that concealed misconduct by Beaverton administrators and lawyers. She should be in legal trouble (she meddled in a federal lawsuit in the court of Judge Robert E. Jones) instead of ensconced on a state board, buttressing credentials she hasn't earned.

Mr. Hagan's genteel academic approach is well and good, but needed reform will require heat and light. Until we (and THEY) know that public school administrators can and will be held accountable for the activities that are making them wealthy in failing public schools, all the rhetoric about reform is smokescreen mendacity.

Oh, and I would like my career back. It was taken improperly by the TSPC director, Vickie Chamberlain, who harassed me while my mother was dying in support of her friends in the BSD administration, one of whom hired her.

Education Reform and the Lingering Odor of Cats

Before my teaching career was halted abruptly, I already worked part time in residential real estate sales and had formed a number of "truths" about the industry.

One is that most people who live with cats forget what their litter box smells like.

Speaking as the best friend of both a cat and a dog, I completely understand the reasoning behind this smell.  The quality of living for many homemakers is vastly improved by the presence of the animals, despite their scents...quid pro quo.

However, when presenting a home to a prospective buyer, the influence of the olfactory senses is almost always apparent immediately.  Small children wrinkle their noses and innocently state the obvious, especially if they have never been exposed to the smell of an indoor animal. 

Uninhibited prospective buyers are usually blunt about the stink.

And many homeowners, understandably, have been blissfully unaware. Usually a little fresh paint and sometimes some new carpet and the issue is mitigated (Realtor's note: Easier for you homeowners with animal roommates if you can relocate before you go on market).

When people are accustomed to a situation or condition that might be unpleasant or undesirable to others, the awakening can be painful. 

As a peripatetic public school teacher and sign language interpreter, I learned how easily schools can become insular and administrators and teachers can become territorial.  I have been in classrooms in several states and have always seen hierarchies of space, time and resources.

Perhaps never quite so much as at my last place of work as a public school teacher, at Westview in N. Beaverton, where a "Camelot" of sorts, replete with royalty, had formed around our glamorous, big-budget theater department.

Because people are who they are, we have learned to create checks and balances for those leaders whom we choose or elect and on whom we bestow power and authority--by virtue of our democratic government. They are, after all, deciding how public resources are used.

When those checks and balances are not in place, when our government employees are blatantly circumventing oversight and accountability (and spending taxpayer money on lawyers to conceal it), we are obliged as citizens in our democracy to speak out.

When I experienced over-the-top waste and abuse of resources, inequities in assignments and pay, and other unfairness at the state's largest high school, the act of voicing my concerns caused me to be fired illegally and harassed for several years by complicit state employees, most of whom continue to draw nice paychecks from the public's account.

For the record, I made a new Beaverton superintendent (J. Colonna) aware of specific concerns--some that would later become known as "Katz' Litter", a phrase referencing former Beaverton School superintendent Yvonne Katz and coined by Rick Casey, a writer for the Houston Chronicle. I was fired several days later, by sneak attack, for sexually harassing a woman whom I did not.

Oh, and insubordination.

The next few years of my life were, by design, a nightmare created by greedy, ruthless lawyers, one of whom was paid by the OEA, an organization that accepted my dues fraudulently for a decade.  

The previous seven years of my work in Beaverton schools were publicly revised by dishonest lawyers and administrators being paid by oblivious Beaverton taxpayers, taxpayers I had served well as a teacher and school supporter.

The inequities I experienced began immediately in Beaverton, in 1997, when I and another teacher new to the Beaverton (Dan Jamsa, who has since won some nice national awards for the S-K district) were assigned an outlandishly oversized drama class, scheduled by the veteran school counselor and resulting in some VERY SMALL classes for some veteran teachers.

The counselor, a year from retirement (being paid for life) smiled smugly when I objected and explained that "this was the way it was always done" 

In the ensuing conflict, I discovered that our school principal was unaware of this inequity and, in a fair resolution, she decided in favor of Mr. Jamsa and me AND our students--and, by extension, those teachers and students who might be cheated by this process in the future. 

As a result, I was told portentously by another counselor, just three months into my Beaverton teaching experience, that I should watch my back.

Note: When, ten years later, the Beaverton lawyers had exhausted their efforts to slime me with salacious charges from five years of work at Westview High School, they went back to a undocumented allegation that had originated with this counselor at Meadow Park Middle School, a decade prior. They had included as a "finding" in a bogus "FDAB" hearing and were able to have it published in the paper.  

There is no documentation or testimony for this allegation, anywhere.

For years, I refused to sign an array of changing confessions for the TSPC that all included this charge (as well as, at first, instructions to get alcohol counseling--because I told an state investigator I had freely given up alcohol, before I moved to Oregon in the '90's and purchased a license to teach in Oregon schools.)  

My mother, a career special ed teacher, died watching me fight with dishonest people who still have unlimited public money and no accountability.

Because I noticed a smell that had been in Beaverton Schools for a long time. It is still there. 

When elected officials and administrators with big paychecks are held responsible for their behavior in the jobs they have assumed, we will begin serious school reform.

It is a big job, but some fresh paint and a new carpet in the education bureaucracy would be a start. After some of them move out.

www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com 

June 2004 FDAB testimony of Linda Borquist, then-Associate Superintendent for Human Resources of Beaverton Schools, on her "unique" collaboration with Tom Husted, uniserve representative for the Beaverton Education Association. Husted was serving concurrently on the board of the Beaverton Education Foundation, a non-profit run by JANET HOGUE, a Westview parent with an office in the Beaverton HR building.
BORQUIST'S SWORN TESTIMONY JUNE 2004:
Q. Do you have contact with the Beaverton Education Association as you work with various personnel problems?
A(Borquist). Uh-huh. I think we probably are a little bit unique in how we work with our association. The person who is the administrator of certificated personnel, which is a job I have also held in the past, and I meet usually twice a month and go over any kind of what we call "issues sessions." We look at, you know, things that have been brought to either of our attentions, and we go through and have an open discussion about what we're hearing or seeing. The hope is that we would, again, resolve it at the smallest level. We are very frank with each other. We don't really hold any secrets or hold any information back. But we try to proactively work together. We've operated
that
(begin pg 47)
way for at least 12, maybe 15 years, ever since I can kind of remember with, you know, past association presidents. It is a culture that we have built. Because of that we have very, very few grievances. I can maybe think of three in my ten years in -- 12 years in HR. You know, I've never sat before this kind of a board before with a Fair Dismissal hearing. We're actively working together. Obviously they have a role of representing in this case a teacher, and we have a role that we need to play. But
we try and work cooperatively. When I have a meeting that I'm going to be setting up with a teacher, I give what I would call a heads-up phone call to the association president or the Uniserv rep saying that this person will be expecting a call from X because they'll probably be calling you. We're going to have a meeting. I want to make sure you're available when they call so they can have representation. That's how open our relationship is.

Q. You mentioned that you had these meetings generally twice a month. Who are those with?
A. It's my administrator for certificated personnel, the Uniserv rep and the BEA president.

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"