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

Oregon education reform must follow accountability for leadership

Dear Education leaders:

Ah, teaching in Oregon...

My bosses at Westview HS--Gail Vangorder, Malcolm Dennis, and Mike Chamberlain (one of whom was coming to work drunk, a circumstance concealed by the BEA uniserve representative) also ran off some other good teachers:
Christy Ford, certified teacher; profoundly deaf; amazing individual released without explanation 2003
Rosalind Taylor, African-American literature teacher; guilty of teaching while black 2002


I had asked to quit after being paid $20K less than both my successor and predecessor as Activities Director at Westview HS, then Oregon's largest. I voiced concerns about my building administration to a new superintendent and, within weeks, Ms. VanGorder (a veteran asst. principal) solicited a sexual harassment complaint from our school librarian, a complaint consisting of three absurd charges that I was never told about until I was fired--and then I was forced to wait six months to answer them.

Teacher justice.

In the meantime, my OEA lawyer, Tom Doyle, appeared in my life and soon filed a million-dollar freedom of speech suit against the most popular superintendent in the state--without my consent--that he used to manipulate me, to expose unrelated medical and financial records, and to prolong my ordeal. 

My mother, a classroom teacher for 35 years whom we had recently moved to hospice care in Oregon, died a year and a half into the protracted process.

The Oregonian's David Anderson wrote about me several times without contacting me. My union lawyer assured Mr. Anderson that he was working to get my job back while he delayed appealing undocumented findings for over two years. 

My complaints to the OEA leadership, beginning within weeks of my illegal termination, were ignored and ridiculed by Tom Husted, longtime BEA uniserve, Trish Parks, former BEA president, Larry Wolf (former OEA president), Mark Toledo (OEA legal director), Richard Sanders (current OEA executive director) and Gail Rasmussen (current OEA president).

Hanna Vaandering, OEA vice president from Beaverton and OEIB member--ostensibly leading our school reform, brought me an illegal settlement document in an effort to shelter dishonest lawyers previously employed by the BSD. 

The TSPC director, Vickie Chamberlain, hired in 2002 by the very superintendent I was "suing," presented me for several years with an array of confessions to sign to preserve my license to teach. When I consistently refused, Ms. Chamberlain persuaded a state ALJ, Andrea Sloan, to use an unprecedented preclusion finding to suspend my license, almost four years after I had been illegally fired. 

That's the business plan for an education industry where teachers are chattel...Bullies running schools. Ironically, that's what my initial complaint to Jerry Colonna was about--unaccountable school administrators exploiting vulnerable teachers...and by extension, their students.
So, Ms. Chamberlain of the Oregon Teacher (Double) Standards and (Deviant) Practices Commission, you are damn right I'm still angry after many years--my mom was dying while I was fighting a union I had paid for ten years...while you were helping the union representatives and the lawyers cheat the teachers. 

Until people like you are held accountable, reform is a mirage.

Winning: Just do it...with integrity

My early-morning coffee shop "therapist," a witty Evangelical of a very conservative political stripe, believes our government institutions are unable to take care of us but that our churches might, if given a chance, pick up the slack in our unraveling social safety net. 

I'm not sure about the role of churches...I am betting that our society's salvation is more likely in the collective consciousness created by our Constitution. 

Meanwhile, all over there are examples of cheating to win and of using power to cover up misconduct.

Time out. Only rarely are we forced to get to really know a "Sandusky" and the experience is so distasteful, no one is eager for a recurrence.

Does bad stuff quit happening when an occasional pedophile is imprisoned? Nope. We are so infatuated with "winning" (a gerund that usually means defeating someone else) that the "cost-benefit" ratio is skewed heavily toward doing things we don't want others to know about to achieve "success."

(Disclaimer: To paraphrase Twain, I am not only in the want-to-win parade but sometimes carry the banner. I have been known to try hard and not give up easily.)

Contemporary society coronates the champion while the loser, often in spite of a stellar list of accomplishments, fades quickly into an oblivion of runners-up, also-rans, and losers.

Someone used to say "winning" wasn't "everything." What happened to that philosophy? Maybe we should start giving awards to people who play by the rules? Personal integrity could become the new everything. Nike would spend less money changing the names of buildings on the Beaverton campus and our government institutions and schools would be run by less selfish people.

That sounds like victory to me.

I have been working for a decade to expose waste and fraud in the Beaverton School District where, traditionally, opportunities have abounded for lawyers and public school millionaires, but not so much for classroom teachers and working-class kids.

My early-morning coffee acquaintance is praying for those school children while I view the tenacious rule-enforcers who finally exploded the Lance Armstrong mythology as good role models for the rest of us. 

Without accountability for people with power who cheat for personal gain, any reform effort is smokescreen hypocrisy. 

And citizens are merely chattel. 

Checks and Balances: Lessons for Oregon education from Penn State

The evil one is put away for 30 to 60 years. The next news of Sandusky will likely concern some attempt on his life.

The trial for our souls is the one that begins soon--the cover-up conspiracy involving former leaders of the Pennsylvania State University. Powerful men with enormous influence and prestige, men paid huge sums of money, remained silent about abuse. Kept others quiet, we will find.

Powerful, respected leaders provided their former linebacker expert with the opportunity to abuse children...sins of grievous omission and felonies both, we may discover, to preserve the power and the respect they received from the public.

By spinning the story. Wonder how many times those Penn State guys in their executive roles bullied some vulnerable hourly employees about petty misconduct on the job? If, as a steward of public trust, you are able to overlook child abuse, wonder what else you might possibly overlook to preserve your "brand?"

Sadistic homosexual rape of children on school property is a pretty low bar...A little financial hanky-panky? Pshaw...Cover that up in a heart beat.

The benefit to society gleaned from the yuck of the sordid Sandusky saga is the gut-wrenching reminder that we are a nation of checks and balances FOR A REASON. Nobody in a position of authority deserves a pass on ethical conduct just because he or she has a title and some clout.

The higher up, the more accountable he or she should be. Otherwise, reform is smokescreen hypocrisy designed to quell the current demand for government accountability until the news cycle passes.

Regarding education reform: School board members should have some skin in the game--if they have saddled the public with a lot of expense for the next 30 years without any ROI, that should be noted.

While we are paying a czar in Salem, we will do well to replace those state bureaucrats and administrators who have contributed to a secretive culture in public schools.

A new attorney general might open some investigations of how school district employees use private lawyers.

One prominent lawyer, Nancy Hungerford, serves as "attorney for many Oregon school districts" while she publishes papers with the OEA pool lawyers whom she opposes. Hungerford works closely with the director of Oregon's teacher licensing agency in influencing which of Oregon's teachers are licensed to earn a living by the state government. Hungerford works closely with an extra-legal state agency called, deceptively, the Fair Dismissal Appeals Board, where she has made a TON of money by arranging secretive deals known poetically as "passing-the-trash" for some of the bad actors who might create some Penn State-ish poor publicity.

When some Beaverton administrators grew angry with me (I was voicing equity concerns to the new superintendent), the former BSD HR directors called my union rep, Husted, ahead of time, then hired Hungerford (with public education money) to prolong and manipulate the bogus FDAB hearing, to influence the actions of the teacher licensing agency for four years, and to mislead Judge Robert E. Jones in a federal court where I had been lured improperly by my union lawyer early in his four-year manipulation of me and my family.
Teachers are chattel when administrators can co-opt the union. I got "punished" by a dysfunctional system that still exists to protect public school millionaires and enrich lawyers.) statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com

Without accountability, poorly-qualified, unsupervised administrators are paid for life for work they will never do. And, without oversight, stuff they shouldn't do:

By Amy Hsuan, Melissa Navas and Bill Graves

Dear Oregon Taxpayers:

Dear Taxpayers:

I arrived in Oregon in '97 with an honorable mention Teacher-of-the-Year from an education program at one of Kentucky's best eduction universities, Murray State, and with 25 years of experience working with deaf and hearing teens in public and private schools. Included in my training were a Masters degree in secondary counseling and extensive behavioral therapy training (at the American School for the Deaf in CT) by the people who designed the Boystown-Nebraska program.

After subbing for a half a year, I was hired full-time to teach 7th-grade language arts and revive a dormant theater program in a Beaverton middle school, Meadow Park (substitute teaching is the way I got jobs in PA, CT, MA and KY, the other states where I have been licensed to teach language arts).

During November of 1997, I learned my new theater program was doubling in size at the trimester break--an arrangement created by a veteran counselor without the knowledge of my building principal. I was already working extra hours and now some of my highly-paid fellow veteran teachers would thereby get smaller group--while I was expected to do more work.

I stood up for my rights. My objections were costly--I was told to "watch my back"--but for the next seven years I was given a chance to do my job most of the time and I earned promotions and raises. I was in conflict with authority occasionally, frequently for standing up to injustice.

When I was fired for insubordination in mid-year 2004, a contrived sexual harassment complaint by a librarian was used to augment the insubordination charges that were the real basis for terminating my conduct. My union representative was contacted by Beaverton HR personnel prior to my termination and the lawyer selected to represent me (for the next four years!?!), Thomas Doyle of Bennett-Hartman, had recently served with the BSD HR director (Borquist) on a committee designing the current PERS format. Read that sentence again.

This OEA-"supervised" attorney illegally filed a million-dollar freedom of speech civil suit in U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones' court while making me wait six months for an employment hearing (the BSD HR director was vacationing in Morocco that Spring and needed a postponement).

My mother was in hospice care.

When I was finally given a "hearing," my OEA lawyer, Doyle, allowed this same Beaverton Human Resources director (Linda Borquist) to smear my seven-year record and my reputation--without EVER asking her about a number of elective classes her son Jeff took with me over a period of years at Westview.

Not once. Striking omission. The OEA will not comment.

Doyle delayed appealing the results of this "hearing" for three years while the Oregon TSPC director, Vickie Chamberlain, tried to force me to sign a protean list of confessions, including an improper charge by the counselor from the middle school, seven years before, who had tried to double my class size. Watch your back.

Everyone's misconduct is covered by the stipulations. Teacher goes somewhere else; principal retires rich; lawyer makes speeches at state conventions...Status quo.

I refused to sign those charges for which there was no documentation or testimony so, at Ms. Chamberlain's request, a state court allowed the TSPC to use testimony from that first hearing, three and 1/2 years before, to suspend my license.

A lot of the people I worked with were wonderful, courageous educators, but I saw too many people in Beaverton making money by avoiding heavy lifting while blatantly taking advantage of vulnerable people in their school communities. This is not isolated behavior in public education. The OEA was in this up to their eyeballs, supporting people they knew were cheating their dues-paying members.

Entrenched public servants have learned which lawyers to hire (with public money). Protected by dishonest leaders at the OEA (who are still stealing from me and many unrepresented classroom teachers), some of these public school millionaires fled the classroom early in their "education" careers--at least in Beaverton--to become highly-paid administrators and are now sheltered for life by Oregon Department of Education officials. Unsupervised state employees like Ms. Chamberlain help their unethical lawyers by circumnavigating school employees' due process rights with extra-legal FDAB hearings and by using forced "stipulations" (legalese for "confessions").

Concurrently, until 2008--when the Oregon legislature was forced to act, Chamberlain was blatantly helping her administrator-cronies by secretly placing pedophiles back in the classroom with "pass-the-trash" agreements to shelter her school administrator cronies.

I worked seventy-hour weeks in Beaverton schools, frequently with kids others did not want to--or have to--teach. When I stood up for my rights as a teacher, I was betrayed by the OEA (See: Hanna Vaandering) and thrown into a four-year grinder to be abused by unethical lawyers who were paid with education money...while Beaverton employees lied to the media about my protracted case.

My protracted, expensive, unnecessary case. i had asked to quit and Beaverton officials spent $200,000 and four years punishing me, and using The Oregonian to tell the public I was delaying the process.

Right. My mother, a classroom teacher for thirty-five years, died watching me fight the OEA leaders and lawyers I had paid and the despicable, unaccountable tyrant who STILL runs the Oregon TSPC, Victoria Chamberlain. Meanwhile, undeserving "public servants" retire with benefits for work nobody ever made them do.

Our education problems do not begin and end with the parents...Our deeper problems are rooted in the failure of accountability at the state level--trickling down..

The Beaverton administrators who lied about and cheated me--and many other teachers--were able to use a lot of public money to cull favor and create support in the community during their careers. They give those people a lot of power and a lot of money. In Beaverton, some of these people are celebrated as big shots and community leaders--least those who weren't given secrecy agreements and forced out. We (attn: Oregonian education reporters) need to expose a few public school millionaires, just like Wall Street needed to expose a few financiers and Penn State needed to expose a few football coaches.

Then we can move our attention to stabilized funding, parental responsibilities and teacher evaluations.

Oregon's STAND for CHILDREN Political Imperative

"Stand for children" is, linguistically, an imperative clause (with and understood subject an intransitive verb and an adverbial prepositional phrase).

Ms. Levin, as an educator, is surely aware of that.

As an expert, she must also know how to take large groups of 13-and 14-year olds with widely diverse intelligences and help them divide into smaller groups so that they can democratically select group leaders and create some group conventions--for self-government purposes...and then divide those groups again, into little squads of kids who ALL have a voice in researching and planning how they will present to the rest of the class--in video, sculpture, stage plays, songs etc--what they have learned about imperative clauses.

Maybe, just maybe, some of the novelty of imperative clauses (one-word sentences like "Sit!" and hidden subjects like "(You) Quit crying" and "(You) Please leave") will stay with kids until they get through the SAT.

But Ms. Levin knows that, right? That's why she's standing for children against these tests? Because she knows what needs to happen in our classes, instead of terrible testing?

When she mentions that school administrators in the past have used multiple test opportunities to tweak their over-all results--to create false impressions about the productivity of their schools--she is saying that she knows school administrators are looking for ways to look better, artificially. Almost like cheating...?

If the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and Penn State have developed cultures where the welfare of children has long been subordinated to institutional images of success and propriety, why does Ms. Levin not acknowledge that secretive "pass-the-trash" lawyers here in Oregon (go-to attorneys for school administrators with PR problems) are quite capable of delaying, altering, hiding or scuttling any "test results" that might endanger the long, lucrative careers of deep-pocketed patrons in public school administration?

No Oregon administrator will EVER be disciplined for not used state-selected methodology to educate kids. Think CIM/CAM.

When Ms. Levin gushes about U. S. Representative O-Bonameech-E-A's contributions to the Oregon public education system ("136,552 unnecessary reading and math standardized tests that Oregon students in grades three through eight were spared from taking this spring"), she may be forthrightly heralding an improvement she believes in. Or she may be pandering to a political system to curry favor for her organization, lest it be brought to its knees (okay, stretched metaphor) by the bullies who have hijacked the OEA/PERS.

For the record, I provided Congressperson Bonamici with more evidence of bureaucratic bullying and public misconduct than likely any constituent ever will...I am still waiting for her representation (StateSponsoredTheft.blogspot.com).

Ms. Levin's expertise has earned her a third of a page in the NW's most influential paper, The Oregonian...? 

Tests are such easy targets for bureaucrats; they don't talk back and they don't hire lawyers. When next she receives such a vast public forum, perhaps she will have studied up on the imperatives.

Just do it.

Repeat the sounding joy.

Laugh out loud.

Woodford Co (KY) MS 1995 Acc. Lang Arts "Renaissance" unit

Westview HS (OR) Freshman Lit/Comp Parents' Night 2003

Oregon DAS justifies second-class citizenship for teachers (via HR Chief Donna Sandoval Bennett)

July 16, 2012
To Michael Jordan, chief operating officer
Oregon Dept of Administrative Services
Mr. Jordan:
I have been trying unsuccessfully to clear up a conflict with your department caused for me by attorneys who were hired by state employees to bully me.

My teaching license was suspended for six months (3 /12 years after I was fired unfairly) in 2007 after a former ALJ used a unique preclusion finding to grant imprimatur to a 2004 FDAB hearing where current and former Beaverton School District officials were allowed by well-connected lawyers to perjure themselves and to give  false information to a panel of school administrators serving as my judges.

This former ALJ, Andrea Sloan, denied me due process rights to provide shelter for the misconduct of Nancy Hungerford, a private attorney who is routinely employed by Oregon school administrators to help them conceal unsavory personnel issues.  Former ALJ Sloan also aided former TSPC investigator Susan Nisbett, who harassed me improperly for years to sign a confession in support of her cronies in Beaverton and was fired after her conduct was observed reported by assistant Attorney General Raul Ramirez.

I have never been allowed the hearing provided for situations like mine by state law.

I am certain the Department of Administrative Service wishes to be recognized as a state agency that treats everyone equally. That has not been the case with me in my conflict with the TSPC.

I hope you will help me find why I have been treated so much differently than others by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services.  It would reflect poorly on your organization if Ms. Chamberlain of the TSPC had been deliberately (and illegally) manipulating me to leverage the outcome of a civil trial involving her friends at Hungerford Law and Jerome Colonna, then Beaverton superintendent and one of the TSPC commissioners who hired her in 2002.

Thank you for your attention.  It is difficult being treated like state property after working hard for a poorly-managed school district.

Don Bellairs, teacher
14 Attached files 

July 17, 2012
Sent via email only

Don Bellairs

Re: July 16, 2012 Communication re: Conflict with Department of Administrative Services

Dear Mr. Bellairs

This will confirm receipt of your email to Michael Jordan, Chief Operating officer. Mr. Jordan forwarded the matter to me and, as Chief Human Resources Officer, I researched the issue in an effort to address your concerns.

You allege unfair treatment by state employees but then report a state employee was terminated for improperly harassing you. If the employee was terminated, it appears the matter was addressed.

You further allege a private practice attorney and a Beaverton School District employee treated you improperly. Those individuals are not state employees ad the Department of Administrative Services has no authority to investigate your allegations against them.

Finally, your complaints against the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission employees/and/or commissioners need to be addressed with TSPC. DAS does not have the authority to investigate those complaints or your allegations about what took place during your administrative hearings. If you disagree with an administrative hearing decision, you need to follow that agency's appeal process.

Thank you for communicating with us. While we hope you find resolution to your issues, we do not have the statutory authority to lend assistance.

Donna Sandoval Bennett
Chief Human Resource Officer
Oregon Department of Administrative Services

July 20, 2012

Ms. Bennett:

Thank you for your prompt response. I have waited years on the DAS in the past.

I think there may be some misunderstanding about my message to Mr. Jordan.

I am dismayed by the ability of unsupervised people to bully me and others. I realize that my job is not highly valued in oregon and so I am not supposed to ask to be treated the same as others.

But that is not such a strange request, is it? Even for a teacher.

When some school district administrators (I believe they ARE state employees--you assertions that they are not will surprise Rudy Crew) became angry with me, they used a dishonest process and paid unethical lawyers to torment me...because they could. Worse, they knew they could.

So my "allegations" are really demonstrable truths that help me explain why I am communicating with Mr. Jordan: I was cheated by people whose connections in state government run through his (and your) office. I was supposed to have signed a confession and moved on. That is hardly justice. It may , however, be one explanation for why our schools are doing so poorly in so many ways.

I worked 70-hour weeks for some curiously-qualified people who got secrecy agreements and promotions to deceive the media and the "Fair" Dismissal Appeals Board that has been created by greedy lawyers.

The people who pay your salary expect honesty and integrity from you. I am not certain why your explanation that the firing of an investigator who mishandled my "case" was resolution. I was offering it as evidence.

I am asking that you department give me the same rights that it gave my former employers in Beaverton. Until Oregon's citizens can rely that in the Department of Administrative Services, there are some serious problems with your agency.

Don Bellairs, teacher

New Schools: Hey, Portland--being WEIRD means being INNOVATIVE

Where is an innovative alternative? The old school has deteriorated; no one disagrees. The question is not a choice between "Do we spend a lot of money repairing the old school?" and "Do we spend lot of money replicating the old school?"

It should be: "How do we make a new school?"

Any change generates opposition from influential people who profit from the current dysfunction, but we can allow ourselves to envision a process that is streamlined and transparent, that thoroughly vets and oversees all employees, that is accessible to the public and that can demonstrate its ability to improve citizenship skills and promote positive human development in a therapeutically-driven educational environment.

New school.

Diminish the bureaucracy and the accompanying opacity that always forms in tenured isolation. We cannot afford it.

Let some outside-the-box PPS thinkers create some vast spaces full of communication technology that are well-lit and open day-and-night. Get some sharp people to schedule facility use. Create, support and oversee a high-level volunteer force.
Put cameras everywhere (they are already anyway--in every kid's hand). For the public, a video monitoring system offers a way to help regain confidence in the internal operations of our schools. Schools are expensive and the people who pay for them deserve to feel good about the product.

Abandon the old classroom format entirely...it is a proven recipe for failure in our rapidly evolving culture. Teachers who do the same thing in the same place for a long time get stale or tyrannical. Use pull-out rooms to create and form dynamic, overlapping teams of kids with group goals. Use rotating facilitators instead of classes where one person can identify the smart and dumb kids and then reinforce that hierarchy.

Identify and decide how to use most effectively those teachers who really can lead group discussions. Schedule time for those kids who test high in certain areas to do monitored group work with similar intelligences. Teachers who know how to promote team ethics can incorporate writing assignments, health, biology, history....and find ways for every kid to get some genuine attention from an approving adult everyday. I strongly believe our kids are less likely to go to prison if they don't leave high school hating everybody in authority.

The problem now for the best-intentioned educators is pretty simple. Like government officials, we can't possibly do all the things that we tell people we can do. The result is that, once secure in our positions, we get busy with what we LIKE to do--and the public is ill-served.
In new schools, we could do what we say we are doing...and the public could see us--and participate.

Think online learning overseen by hands-on master teachers. Technology, critical thinking, communication... data-based progression monitored daily by several people. Instant remediation. One-on-one contacts. Less time on discipline issues.

Slowly, incrementally, PPS can move the many, many distractions to another place for a while--then let them go entirely. I have a ton of experience with teenagers and I don't just feel--I KNOW--that the behavior of children is built primarily on two things--their own confidence levels and the expectations of influential people in their lives.

It is a sea-change but the water is rising in Stumptown. Something HAS to give...and the community needs something to help them keep the faith.

An experiment--a prototype--could be a part of this new bond campaign. Change will have to be incremental and any early modifications to beloved programs should be more voluntary than mandated.

Certainly a "new school" idea will have detractors--"new school" is contrarian and simplistic and I provide no supporting statistics. But it will cost a FRACTION of what we pay for public education now and could do the things we NEED for our public schools to do--far better than we are doing them now, while our school board members are deciding on the appropriateness of dance team routines for thirteen-year-olds...

Nobody should vote for money to repair a leaking roof when the foundation of the building is cracked.

Beaverton School District # 48: Teachers as Chattel

Teaching in the Shadow: 1997-2004
A Video Trail of Memories
from one of the
Most Challenging and Rewarding Experiences of My Life

Trevor Crowe and Eric Ball in Westview HS video production "Dream Girl" (original script) Segment directed by Sean McKeen
Way-above-average kids made one of the best scenes in one of our earlier movies, "Dream Girl." I had a lot of control issues at this point in my media teacher career : ) but Sean, Trevor and Eric were eminently trustworthy as sixteen-yr-olds. They nailed this scene. I didn't even watch them shoot it, even though it was for a class project.

Westview HS Channel 3 News (no sound) Sam Martin and AJ Anderson
This video was the monthly newscast and has images of some people who have gone on to be "people." The sound went away--I think we pirated some stuff--but the pictures are nice.

We struggled to make the news for the the largest high school in the state and still have time (and hard drive space) for all the other projects for 100+ kids, but these monthly editions gave us a record of school happenings that we used for archival things. And they were fun to air on "Channel 3" when we were able to make that happen.

Westview HS video production: "Dream Girl"--fantasy sequence
Brandon Chandler as a sixteen-year-old playing guitar and hitting on Paige Dutro would make this worth watching alone, but this also has Mike Guerts as a sophomore playing the school geek and ALSO romancing Dutro. Eric Ball and Brian Berg are also in this scene.

This was a fun project to make.

Westview HS student activities Holiday Giving Program
When I was Westview activities director, one of the projects I oversaw was the Holiday Giving project. This is something kids at Westview do without much staff input and I just shot and edited it--they are the real stars.

Tribute to Westview Girls' Basketball seniors
As an assistant to second-year varsity coach Jeanette Armentano, I didn't know much but we got ranked the top ten early in the season unexpectedly and made the state play offs (without an out-of-state recruit).

Gavin Bristol (Twilight 1 and 2; Management) in Meadow Park Middle School's original script "You Know My Name"
I met Gavin Bristol when he was a sixth grader and he could already light up a stage. He was not the first Witless Woody (Forrest Rutherford of Woodford County (KY) Middle School was), but he is the most famous.

Gavin Bristol (Twilight 1 and 2; Management) in Meadow Park Middle School's video adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey"
My obsession with teaching Homer's "Odyssey" to middle school English classes reached its zenith when we were able to make a movie on a G-3 with about 3 gigs of HD that used ALL the 7th grade students in Meadow Park C Hall, ESL and other "special" designations, and all the teachers.

Gavin Bristol became Odysseus...Now he is in Hollywood.

Original script: Westview Adv. Media's "Wishes Wisemen and Little Pigs"
Advanced Media's most ambitious project and the last one I would make with Westview kids. The program had matured and most of these kids could write, shoot, act and edit.

Original script: Westview HS Adv. Media's "Thrope School Method"
The concept of a "Miss Anne Thrope" founding a school for wayward kids led to some pretty dramatic moments for some really talented actors. Gavin is in this too, with Dan Askew, who was INTENSE.

Sean McKeen's acclaimed video for Adv. Media Westview HS
Sean wrote, directed and starred in this B+W "silent movie" that the BSD IT director Scott Hacke called the best student project of the year. I was reminded that more often than we wish to admit as teachers, our students actually are smarter than we are.

Zak's Huerta's "I Am" self-analysis project for Intro to Media Studies Westview HS
"I Am" projects evolved from formula poems that a lot of teachers use for writing. I assigned it as a template for beginning movie makers and Zak's "I Am" really WAS.

Student video essay about Westview HS diversity: "Eyes of the World"
Westview was one of the state's most diverse schools and this collaboration of a hip-hop Asian, Yao Tzio, and one of the metro area's best skaters, Jeff Hanson, was special and insightful.

Video production for Westview administration: Westview HS Advisory Program
Created for new principal Malcolm Dennis (he narrates) to use as his required presentation at a meeting of district administrators.

Parents' night in freshman English class at Westview HS
My busiest year in eduction had me working as activities while teaching a full load of media classes AND a freshman English class. But this was not just ANY freshmen English class : )

Jeff Borquist, son of former Beaverton School District HR director Linda Borquist, made PSA's for Media Studies.
We were, a lot of us, outsiders.

Video production for Westview administration: Link Crew/"Cat Crew"
Jim Lekas, Westview counselor and husband of district administrator Holly Lekas, talked me into working with the Cat Cre, Westview's version of a national program that trained faculty and kids to connect upperclassmen with incoming freshmen.

Beaverton School board member LeeAnn Larsen's son Chris: Intro to Media Studies project
Chris Larsen, who was one of the few kids I know who could travel between the "jocks" and the "skaters," made a nice self-awareness project when he was starting out as a movie-maker...

"Just Do It" creator Dan Wieden visits Westview media classes
This ONLY happened because a caring parent set it up for our media students. And not a rich parent but an unassuming volunteer who had worked with Wieden and Phil Knight in the beginning before they were rich and famous. The impact was immeasurable.

Beaverton School District values: Don Bellairs and Janet Hogue demonstrate different approaches to working with kids
My catharsis video...

Rudy Crew Rides at the Oregon Education Rodeo

Rudy's Ride (go, rudy--btw: I used to work for the amherst regional schools long ago) 

"Hope has Two Daughters: Anger and Courage." Saroyan

Any man who talks in metaphors has the soul of a poet, but it doesn't matter if Mr. Crew channels Shakespeare is he can't address the problems of a dysfunctional teachers' union and a bureaucracy with a history of creating rationale and opacity instead of equity and opportunity.

The USA Today has an article about concerns rising over publishing teacher evaluations. (http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-05-30/teacher-rankings-public/55291466/1)

Every evaluation that one publicly-paid individual makes of another should be widely available to the public. Then those evaluations become real--the people who make them will be forced to be honest or be accountable.

Evaluations at the state's largest high school (Westview--late '90's to mid-'00's) were perfunctory when they occurred at all during my five years there. My efforts to hold unfair and underperforming administrators accountable cost me my job, followed by several years of lawyerly harassment and ultimately the destruction of my career.

I refused to sign a confession.

My OEA-appointed lawyer worked very hard with the former BSD lawyers (paid secretly with education money...oh, so THAT'S where the $ went!) to keep my evaluations out of the public view--to shelter my deep-pocketed administrators...

This lawyer, selected without my knowledge by my uniserve rep after he was contacted by BSD HR officials, was paid by oblivious teachers to manipulate me for years while Beaverton's lawyers were paid by oblivious taxpayers.

The building principals and administrators who conspired to violate my employment contract had all fled the classroom--those who had EVER been there--for the big money of public school administration.

They remain un-fireable, sheltered by promotions and secrecy agreements, and will be paid for life for work no one oversees here in Oregon.

That is probably where Mr. Crew should start. Right there in the fancy office that Oregon's classroom teachers built for Richard Sanders at the OEA.
That wouid be a great first start, Rudy. Support the teachers who actually work with kids.

(And after Oregon starts publishing the evaluations of educators AND administrators, we should put video cameras in the classrooms in the halls...objective evidence in the land of deceptions and excuses. Then we will be told the truth more often.)

2003 Westview HS "Advisory Program" informational video

Created and produced in 2003 by Don Bellairs, Westview High School video productions teacher, for former Westview principals Malcolm Dennis and Gail Vangorder for a presentation to Jerome Colonna and other Beaverton School District administrators and principals.

Portland School Kids Begin Education Revolution May 1st

by Betsy Hammond The Oregonian

Schools need to change radically. Kids know they can waste a lot of time--and a lot of taxpayers' money--even in the good ones.

The public is paying for a lot of stuff that does not provide return in the form of good citizenship.
Schools have leadership issues...Who out there can deny that EVERY school does not have at least one sheltered tyrant who gets more than his or her share? Too easily, the "insider" school culture becomes top-heavy, one of self-service rather than public service--at least at the administrative level...

If you last long enough in a district, you can't get fired...If you get some seniority in a situation where nobody is accountable, you get away with progressively more abuse.

I believe that young teachers still enter the education field with ideals intact but a lot of potentially great teachers become indentured to a corrupted process and learn they must go along to get along (see: "Learned Helplessness").

Recipe for mediocre schools: Allow them to become wasteful plutocracies, primarily class-driven, top heavy and insular and mostly designed to preserve the jobs of bureaucrats, some of whom once fled the classroom.

Ironically, on May 1st, it will probably be the more affluent kids who will actually voice their opinions at this revolutionary event, but that is the way democracy works, too, when it is working correctly.

Doomed to Repeat Oregon History Teacher's "Antics"

I can't make the same claims to excellence that Mr. Miller can, although I did get an honorable mention Teacher-of-the-Year in another state, and my elective classes at Westview High School tripled in size while I worked with girl's varsity basketball, the Channel 3 News, the Anime Club and served as Activities Director, overseeing social events and service activities as well as the student government at the then-largest high school in the state.

On Friday nights, I announced our football games.

I was fired in the middle of the year, like Miller. An assistant principal who hadn't been in our building long enough to know where the light switches were told me to report to the HR department, where I was fired for insubordination and "sexually harassing" the librarian--and locked out of my job.


Three days later I was fired more, for work I didn't turn in after I was fired the first time. This time the HR administrators had called the union rep and arranged for a lawyer--for me...

I was distracted. My mother (35 years in classroom) was dying at the time. My brother and I had just moved her to Oregon. I had been underpaid 20K and HAD ASKED TO QUIT. Instead, I was, like Miller, fired by sneak attack. It lasted almost four years.

Mr. Miller is in for a ride if he lets an OEA attorney lure him into a civil suit while manipulating him with FDAB/TSPC voodoo. Oregon public education is a great place for lawyers and administrators, but not so much for classroom teachers...and their students.

Dear Beaverton (OR) School Board: Recap of BSD's Public School Millionaires in the NEWS

Dear Beaverton School Board:

I have had my teaching career damaged because of misconduct on the part of current and former BSD employees who have been able to avoid accountability through failed oversight.

We will never improve our public schools until we have accountability in leadership.

I remain eager to clear my record and reputation of false and salacious allegations brought forward by unethical lawyers who misled a federal judge on behalf oF the Beaverton School Board in 2006.

I had been paid unfairly and had asked to resign.  Instead, employees of your schools conspired with my union representative to violate my employment contract and smear and distort my work record and personal reputation.  They were behaving punitively, because I told the truth and expected them to behave professionally.

FYI: Public school millionaires:


Oregonian April 29, 2004 Victoria Blake

Malcolm Dennis and Gail Vangorder, short-term BSD building principals, "retire:"
"Beaverton will replace Westview principal" Oregonian November 12, 2004 Anitha Reddy

Meanwhile over at the TSPC, whose director, Vickie Chamberlain, had been hired by BSD Supt Jerry Colonna when he was a Commissioner in 2002:

Linda Borquist, former BSD associate supt., "retires:" 
Oregonian January 10, 2005 Anitha Reddy 

Oregonian  January 27, 2011 Wendy Owen 

Without accountability, administrators will surround themselves with sycophants and waste educational resources and talent.

With extra-legal systems like the FDAB and unsupervised lawyers and investigators working for the TSPC, teachers are chattel in Oregon while bureaucrats and attorneys grow wealthy in public education.

I am eager to be treated the same as everyone else.

Don Bellairs, teacher

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"