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

Essential Imperatives for Extravagant Facades...

Re: "Behind Portland's dropout rate" Oregonian editorial board Jan 31, 2011

*First, drop your defenses. 

*Second, publish all the data, even the embarrassing stuff. 

*Third, build a district-wide strategy that is grounded in the individual relationships between adults and students.

In three imperative clauses, the Oregonian editorial board provides the Governor and reform-minded legislators with the answers to our public school debacle.

However, the sagacious editors have been too mild in their admonishment:

1. "Drop your defenses" is too vague. "Fire your lawyers" is more specific.
2. "Publish the data" can be preceded by "Fire the PR personnel."
3. The last (and most important) suggestion is the relationship-building strategy that recognizes that any traction in education begins with the"teacher-student" contact, where rubber meets the road.

Ironically, this strategy will best be accomplished by acting on the previous two suggestions. Without lawyers and PR spin, school administrators will be forced to hire competent and professional subordinates and the patronage appointments that create public employment hierarchies will self-destruct.

We currently have too many entrenched administrators who no doubt started careers with noble intentions but who are now caught up in maintaining the extravagant facades that many of our schools, through negligence and niavete, have become.

I observed such a facade at the largest public high school in Oregon (Westview HS) when I worked there. Voicing my concerns was unhealthy for my career: Oregon Education Association Fraud

All three of The Oregonian's suggestions fall under the umbrella of administrative oversight and accountability. Without those, the rest of reform is a smokescreen: Teaching in the Shadow of the Swoosh

(P.S. The master teachers with whom I have worked would be honored to serve with an administrator as humble and self-aware as Roosevelt's principal seems to be.)

Education Reform: Anger, Courage and Change

Reform Continuum

1. To change, we have to be different. 

2. No one at the top is letting go easily. The phrase "mired in mediocrity" comes to mind.

3. We need something new.

4. We can't afford anything new, so we have to divide the "old" and let one part become "new."

5. New school is different: It has focused, experienced master teachers and principals who have actually been in the classroom. It has no prom, varsity football or dance team* and no administrators are required to spend time with that stuff. (*Those programs, very much part of our culture, are kept with the old schools.)

I hear the collective gasps of all the people who "know in their hearts" that big sports programs and school dances and other stuff are why kids come to school--while the taxpayers foot the bill.

Pshaw! I know plenty of teachers who make learning attractive for it's own sake, teachers who make geology and robotics more interesting to sixteen-year-olds than sitting in the stands at the play-offs. 

Please don't tell me kids won't come to a user-friendly environment to learn computer skills and communication skills, just because there is no varsity football, dance team or prom. These are desperate times.

Let's put all that social/entertainment stuff, and the teachers who do that, into another space and time--and let private businesses and interested parents pick up the tab. In less affluent neighborhoods, we can let parks and rec departments, churches, benefactors, etc., sponsor after-school sports programs and other community-focused gatherings for children to supplement what parents can't support.

Certainly there is value in all those high-profile, big-budget activities that drive the agendas of most public school administrators, but...cough...they are out of control. We can honestly teach football skills and sportsmanship to all kids without artificial turf and neon jerseys. Communities should be tired of school big shots who use most of their resources creating social opportunities for affluent kids and helping some vain old coaches run up their records. That's "public school" as we know it now, maybe, but it has never been public education.

We already do PROMS and THE PREPARATION of OCCASIONAL NOTEWORTHY D-1 ATHLETES very well at most public high schools. We don't teach enough math, communication skills and citizenship.

This is not an expensive change. We can separate the institutions we have and, in one part of the day, build real schools--then let the status-seekers split into something different at another time of day. We will save money because volunteers, as well as the media, are welcome in the media-friendly transparent new school--because it never needs to conceal pedophiles because they can coach ball.

Over time, what works and is deemed worthy by the taxpayer will endure...maybe real teachers will get schools back from union hacks, selfish parents and millionaire administrators. We will again have equitable, focused organizations that provide what they tell the citizens they are providing: Education.

And provide it for all kids equally.

"Hope has two daughters: Anger and Courage." Saroyan

Welcome to Our School: Watch Your Back

January 22, 2012 by Susan Nielsen 

They say there are two kinds of people: Scouts and settlers. If that is true, I would fall into the first category. Licensed to teach English in four states and a sign language interpreter, I was able to move around a lot before I got married. I learned that if I could "sub" a little bit for a school district, I could usually get a job offer.

That's what happened in '97 when I arrived in the NW with a headful of ideas and a heartful of
ambition--and an honorable-mention Teacher-of-the-Year award from KY,.

I soon landed a job at an over-crowded middle school in Beaverton, teaching 7th grade language arts and rebuilding an abandoned drama program. Three months into my new job, the guidance counselor told me--after I had to seek out the information--that my second-term drama class would double in size.
This is not the kind of information teachers are supposed to get from guidance counselors in public schools; my building principal was unaware of this unfair situation until I told her.
The ensuing conflict was "won" by me: The class size did increase class, but only by 50 % (kids wanted to stay in it and it was hard to say no). But, in the aftermath, another counselor told me, portentously, to "watch my back."

Welcome to Beaverton School District #48. Watch Your Back.

When I was fired for insubordination seven years later, my union rep was called beforehand. A contrived sexual harassment complaint, sought by my administrators from an impressionable employee whose complaint did not rise to the standard of harassment OR sex, was used to supplement an insubordination charge and to damage my reputation in the community while I was unable to refute it fro six months. My union lawyer, selected by BSD HR personnel, filed a manipulative free speech suit about something I said truthfully to the new superintendent to silence me.

When my license to teach in Oregon was suspended three and 1/2 years after I was fired, the sexual harassment issue had long since disappeared. The TSPC director (hired by the former Beaverton superintendent in 2002) used an undocumented allegation from ten years previous, a snippet of blatantly salacious innuendo originated by the same counselor with whom I had conflicted about doubling my class size.

Beaverton school leaders secretly paid insider lawyers to make that happen, using a shadowy state agency impressively but deceptively named the Fair Dismissal Appeals Board.

I learned during the first four years of my ordeal that we Oregonians are deeply invested in a system that has too long celebrated the wrong parts of education. Real teachers are not in it to get rich. Never have been. While I encountered many wonderful teachers at two schools and was given some great opportunities to work with some remarkable kids, I still spent a lot of my own money and my own time trying to make it work, just as I had had to do in Kentucky, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.

In the course of my unnecessary conflict (I had actually asked the HR director to allow me to resign without penalty just weeks before this nightmare began), I discovered the extent to which some public school millionaires can go to conceal bureaucratic misconduct.

Disclosure: I am not without fault. I will accept my part in the initial conflict; I did not deal well with being bullied by my bosses.

But I can assure the public--when we finally do develop metrics to evaluate "good" teaching--that good teachers do not readily accept tyranny and injustice; they would no longer be good role models.

I know that the real problem with Oregon's schools does not start with money. There are, here in Oregon as well as everywhere else, great schools successfully educating kids, filled with great teachers who have already been conditioned to thrift and are not overwhelmed by austerity.

(It is the EXTRAVAGANCE that "trickles down" in public institutions, motivated by vanity and accompanied by materialism and avarice.)

Our priority should not be about finding MORE money; rather, we must learn to watch what's there more carefully. To that end, we must choose stewards who wouldn't DREAM of hiring lawyers who earn education money making smokescreens for misconduct.

I earned the equivalent of a doctoral degree in the conflict I encountered when asking to be treated fairly, when standing up for my rights (and, by extension, my students' rights). What happened to me in Oregon's public schools can STILL happen too easily...for the same reasons.

(And maybe editorial writers like Ms. Nielson will step forward to acknowledge that the complacency created by our collective "good enough" attitude is created in large part by a media who has long enjoyed the profits generated through biased service to influential school leaders.)

Unethical Oregon School Boards and Rain

Audit of Oregon School Boards Association finds improper spending, pay raises

So the union of elected officials who oversee our public schools is full of dishonest, self-interested people.


That this revelation is considered "news" in the Portland area is as amusing to me as how much coverage the rain gets: Double-billed expenses...unallowable costs...personal expenditures on an association credit card..pay raises without documentation...patronage and blatant nepotism in the HR department...

Yawn. More rain.

What precipitated this audit? We need more of this sort of scrutiny at the local level, applied to ALL our "overseers" in large school districts. ln Beaverton, entrenched administrators have been shielded by deceptive school board members and their highly-paid lawyers, earning Beaverton Schools a well-deserved reputation for opaque management. In light of the current OSBA debacle, my on-going ordeal at the state level serves as evidence that the need for school district audits is probably pretty widespread.

It will take some serious political will to begin investigations of important people with high profiles. They are well-connected within the education bureaucracy.

In my conflict with Beaverton, I learned that the lawyers from all sides worked together, manipulating clients and enriching themselves through protracted conflicts sustained by extra-legal state agencies like the "FDAB."

...Just the sort of environment favored by secretive school board members with a propensity for some of the same conduct that has apparently hastened the departures of the OSBA's Executive Director, the Legal Council and the Human Resources Director.

Wow, that's a LOT of power and influence. I bet that, not too long ago, all those folks with those fancy titles had seats at the head table.

Probably sitting near them were OEA president (non-teacher and DNC Super-Delegate) Gail Rasmussen, as well as State Superintendent of Education Susan Castillo (neither a superintendent nor an educator) and Hanna Vaandering, OEA VP now of the OEIB and (formerly) elementary PE in the BSD...

Crooked union leaders and rain. We are getting soaked to the bone.


Answers to how Beaverton (OR) Schools can overcome $40 mil more in cuts to classroom teachers...

Beaverton School District superintendent says cuts could reach $40 million

Perhaps the BSD could revert to the policies once openly practiced by Yvonne Katz, one of Dr. Rose's predecessors as Beaverton superintendent.

Dr. Katz had a deal with Energy Inc., an entrepreneurial effort run by retired school administrators. Dr. Katz, it was reported by the Houston Chronicle after this same practice forced her out of a job in Texas, was earning $500 a pop for meetings she arranged between Energy Inc. representatives and Beaverton School District employees. This arrangement apparently met with school board approval in Beaverton. In suburban Houston, it did not."WHY DID KATZ SCAT?" by RICK CASEY Houston Chronicle Sept. 2, 2004

(Disclosure: I mention this in part because some of the same board members who allowed this practice also were instrumental in violating my employment contract and contributing $200K of education money to an unethical extralegal process that demeans teachers while shielding public school millionaires.)

But I digress. The issue at hand is shortages in funding for schools:

Hey, no problem, Beaverton board! Revert to a wider use of the Katz strategy.

Variations of the KATZ Method of Added Revenue would allow Beaverton's struggling teachers to use free enterprise innovations to shore up the depleted budgets, same as the superintendent did!

Elementary teacher could make deals to represent businesses that provide service and products to that market: Pediatricians and companies that manufacture board games could have huge logos painted on the cafeteria walls and, unless the "job-killing" health overseers object, we could have the McDonald's arches leading to every public school playground.

Our middle school teachers have a wealth of opportunity because they teach the nation's most irrational and impulsive creature , the thirteen-year-old, widely thought to wield unparalleled influence on a typical suburbans family's expenditures. Middle schools would have Apples stores and orthodontists on sight. There are a lot of people who would pay for a little access to the 7th grade. Pimple cream companies cold build whole libraries. Celebrity appearances at Parent Night would bolster attendance and soon the coffers would overflow. Justin Beiber would come...or Donnie Osmond.

And high school teachers could sell ad space on their exams to college recruiters, or military recruiters, or credit card companies and clothing manufacturers--to just about everybody else out there who want to capture the market. A corporate logo, right above where the grade goes.

It doesn't have to stop with teachers. Counseling offices could market the kind of demographics that ad agencies would Just Do It for. Everybody who works at the school district, not just the superintendent, could leverage extra money from his or her connection--if, like Dr. Katz--the board allowed it.

Except that she took her extra money home, and then to Texas, because Beaverton was not paying well enough.

Actually, Dr. Katz was not that unique. We are headed in that direction--outside-contractor, commercial-access-to-schools--as we sell more and more of our government to people in the private sector because we despair of our ability too oversee our public servants. The monolithic inertia achieved by big bureaucracies has reduced a single citizen to an after-thought in a system of government that was created to protect that citizen even though all of the blood that has been shed and all of the national treasure that has been spent has been to honor a commitment to the concept that all are equal.

I can think of few places where I saw that commitment abandoned so freely as in one of Oregon's largest public schools when I worked there.

So, while I am empathic to the trials of Beaverton's real classroom teachers who are buying supplies with their own money, I am able to recall that teachers have been doing that for years.

The people of Beaverton have a wealth of wonderful teachers in our schools but, for too long, educators have been constrained by a secretive leadership, a group of insiders who use the public schools for personal gain. An historic lack of continuity in leadership, evidence of systemic failed oversight, and the number of patronage appointments to unqualified personnel are reasons that Beaverton schools are not where they should be.

And now they are broke.

This austerity provides some public school millionaires a chance to move on and may even provides incentive for taxpayers to investigate the BSD board, like the Oregon School Board Association's new leadership is investigating that group's activities and expenditures.

Bless your heart, Dr Rose. It was much easier in the days where money flowed and they had more than they could spend. Those other bosses, who had unlimited money and spent it, are still spending, somewhere, for life.

Now you have to clean up. I suggest you do it, like the OSBA is, in the daylight.

Tom Doyle of Bennett-Hartman, employed by the Oregon Education Association, coerces union member with conflict-of-interest civil suit in U. S. District Court.

Larry Wolfe, then-president of the Oregon Education Association, announces findings of an investigation resulting from complaints about member's legal representation against Beaverton School District and state gov't agencies; denies the existence of lawsuit referenced above.

"Alas," the School Boards Sigh/ "It's For the Children," They Cry...

"Alas," the school boards sigh...

"It's for the children!" they cry... 

Then pay the lawyers to lie.

The Beaverton School Board got pretty famous for a while, with Nike moving in and all. Some of those folks became local celebrities. Same with some of the BSD superintendents at that time, AND the fund-raising chief. Actually, the CEO of the BEF was even Grand Marshal of a Beaverton parade.

And they were all in the newspaper, a lot. Local and state-wide celebrities, for sure.

1. The Beaverton School Board once allowed Yvonne Katz, an ostentatious caricature of an administrator in the 90's and early 00's, to take kickbacks from her night job at Energy Inc, one of those consulting firms that retired administrators create to "double-dip" into public education money. When the extravagant Dr. Katz moved to TX in 2004 in search of a fatter paycheck, she encountered school board members in suburban Houston who actually practiced oversight and she soon lost her job. So did a couple of former Beaverton administrators, Voytilla and Maloney, whom she had taken with her, who may not have been honest about their qualifications or their work here in Beaverton. We will never know.

2. The Beaverton School Board (still?) allows school administrators to spend public money on lawyers and secret agreements without accounting for it publicly. This is a great way to avoid embarrassing truths and to make friends with expensive, well-connected lawyers. It is a poor way to run a public school system: "BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES RACIAL BIAS SUIT" (The Oregonian Anitha Reddy January 10, 2005) "The Beaverton School District has agreed to pay $120,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit by an African American former custodian, after admitting in a court filing that a co-worker called the man a racial epithet...District administrators agreed in December to pay nearly $80,000, including $10,000 in gross back wages, to James Sanders and $40,000 in fees to his lawyer, Thomas Steenson...The settlement, drawn from the district's $1.55 million insurance reserve fund, did not require school board approval, said Linda Borquist, an assistant superintendent...Board member Ann Jacks said Tuesday evening that district lawyers had briefed the board on the case but had never discussed possible settlement amounts...'It's not an insignificant sum or an insignificant issue,' Jacks said. 'I'd like, in the future, to be a little more active in this.' 'Board approval is necessary only if the settlement amount exhausts the reserve fund, which is set aside during the budget process and requires a transfer from the general fund,' said Janice Essenberg, district administrator for budget services...Because the district's insurance policy covers liability claims greater than $500,000, board approval would be required only in rare cases involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Large settlements can be entered into without board approval, unlike contracts, which require a board vote if they are worth more than $50,000...In neighboring Portland, the school board must approve all settlements greater than $25,000."

That is skillful surgical removal of the "public" from public school administration.

3. Jerome Colonna and the school board members paid Amy Gordon, former Southridge High principal, $120 000 to stay home for a year--he paid Len Case (now of Beaverton High) to come out of retirement to work for her. The current BSD HR director Sue Robertson and the current BSD board members felt the taxpayers didn't need to know why: 
"BEAVERTON SCHOOLS WILL SEE CHANGES IN LEADERS, STAFF" July 23, 2010 by Melissa Navas, Oregonian: "One notable position change is at Southridge High School where Principal Amy Gordon has been permanently replaced by Todd Corsetti, a former assistant principal at Sunset High School. The district continues to pay Gordon, who has been on leave since November, her annual $120,000 salary....Gordon's leave will continue until early September, according to Sue Robertson, chief human resource officer. Robertson would not say what the nature of her leave is and did not specify whether she'd return...Robertson added that there was nothing unusual about Gordon's leave. 'It's not disciplinary, it's not any of that,' Robertson said. Gordon could not be reached for comment. Len Case, a retired Beaverton administrator, served as Southridge's interim principal for the remainder of last school year."

4. Mr. Colonna and the Beaverton School Board spent about $200K firing me after I had complained about some chicanery by administrators at Westview High School AND I HAD ASKED TO QUIT...Instead, Colonna and the the BSD board contacted the OEA rep and arranged for me to have an, uh..."amenable" lawyer (Tommy Doyle of B-H), then fired me by sneak attack for contrived sexual harassment charges used as a public smookescreen while the OEA lawyer had me in limbo (for years) defending my "free speech" rights, instead of my employment rights and my public reputation... (www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com).

5. Soon after voiding my contract mid-year, the BSD board was obliged to give Westview's recently-hired principal, Malcolm Dennis, a secrecy agreement to include health insurance--and, within a couple of years, a new job out-of-state--in exchange for resigning quietly after being caught coming to work drunk..."Mac's" fingerprints are still on the knife in my back...
"Beaverton will replace Westview principal" Oregonian November 12, 2004 Anitha Reddy
"Beaverton School District administrators will begin a search in January to replace Westview High School Principal Malcolm Dennis, who unexpectedly resigned late last month. Gail VanGorder, a retired vice principal at the 2,300-student school, came out of retirement last week to serve as Dennis' temporary replacement. With Dennis' departure, the Beaverton School District has first-year principals leading six of its seven high schools. Carl Mead, Sunset High School principal, is in his second year at the school. Dennis, who cited health reasons when he left the school Oct. 27, could not be reached for comment. Maureen Wheeler, a district spokeswoman, offered no specifics concerning his departure...
VanGorder said Superintendent Jerry Colonna offered her the interim job on Oct. 27. VanGorder retired in July after nine years as vice principal at Westview, the state's second-largest high school.
VanGorder said she was surprised and excited by the opportunity...The 58-year-old educator began her career in the Beaverton district as a library aide at Meadow Park Middle School. She worked as a librarian at Beaverton schools for two decades before taking her first administrative position as a vice principal at Merlo High School in 1993, the year it opened. She moved to Westview as a vice principal in 1995."

6. Camellia Osterink, the "in-house" BSD attorney who replaced Nancy Hungerford in 2005, created a bogus settlement document to conceal BSD school board misconduct in the "million-dollar" freedom of speech lawsuit filed improperly by my union lawyer. I had already signed a settlement contract (after 3 years of abuse) and the school board's lawyers were holding my check to leverage my signature on a confession the TSPC director designed to exonerate Hungerford and the BSD employees who had lied about me at the FDAB hearing. I refused. Ms. Osterink had Hanna Vaandering (then BEA president; now OEA VP) bring me a new settlement document (even though the federal court had been falsely nformed that we had reached a settlement) to help Hungerford cover up her complicity in the TSPC's manipulation of a "million-dollar" federal suit--filed unethically prior to my first employment hearing ("FDAB") and designed to erode my resistance and manipulate my obeisance. I have copies of the second sttlement and of an email sent to me by Tom Doyle, telling me he had seen and approved of a document that Hanna Vaandering was bringiing me.

7. Recently, the Beaverton School Board used public education money to hire Hank Gmitro, a headhunter from Chicago, to lead a "superintendent search," after which the board members refused to release the names of the candidates he had selected for this PUBLIC school job, curiously revealing only their finalist, Jeff Rose from Canby. Two school board members refrained from voting at all on Mr. Rose's selection and one member, Lisa Shultz, is apparently following her conscience and resigning, much like former BSD school board member Ann Jacks did a few years ago, rather than to continue to deceive the people who have placed their trust in her.

This is all information that can be gathered from media reports. Imagine what would be available if law enforcement chose to investigate. Imagine the reform that might follow...

Rent-Seeker of the Week: Vickie Chamberlain of the Oregon TSPC

David Brooks, the "Steve Duin" of the New York Times, has done it again. His surgical filleting of the liberal movement places some juicy cuts on display on today's digital butcher paper. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/opinion/brooks-where-are-the-liberals.html?ref=todayspaper

According to Brooks, liberals have not yet abandoned the faith. Instead, he opines that the left still supports the tenets of liberalism but no longer trusts the instruments: our government and the people who are managing it.

Why are the liberals disenchanted with government?Accordig to Brooks, "it’s more likely because they think the whole system is rigged. Or to put it in the economists’ language, they believe the government has been captured by rent-seekers..."

Brooks' solution for liberal lethargy is brilliant: Identify those "rent-seekers" who have "captured" our democracy."

These are: a) "corporate types* b) (unaligned) groups (that) are dispersed across the political spectrum** and c) those who "exercise their power transparently and democratically."***

Brooks delivers this Duin-like assessment of a concept he can't quite call "greed": "This is the disease that corrodes government at all times and in all places."

His solutions call for bold and decisive steps: "Make the tax code simple. Make job training simple. Make Medicare simple. Every week choose a rent-seeker to hold up for ridicule and renunciation. Change the Congressional rules. Simplify the legal thickets that undermine responsibility."

I call attention to Brooks' fourth imperative: "EVERY WEEK choose a rent-seeker to hold up for ridicule and renunciation."

I am all for that. Let's start in the education arena since it has been identified as a place where a lot of unaccountable money ends up. Let's look at the woman who was appointed the director of an important state agency in 2002: Vickie Chamberlain, director of the Oregon Teacher (Double) Standards and (Deviant) Practices Commission.

Ms. Chamberlain's qualifications for Rent-Seeker begin with her unethical interactions with representatives of our teachers union, the OEA, and with bureaucrats who enrich themselves through opaque government processes like "the FDAB," TSPC "stipulations," and other extra-legal manipulations of employment law.

A further endorsement is in her reliance on "secrecy agreements" to whitewash any blemishes on a favored administrator’s record and to avoid uncomfortable publicity for some of her well-positioned friends on school boards. There is some evidence that the vast majority of Oregon's secrecy agreements have been the creation of one firm, Hungerford Law, and that Ms. Chamberlain's companion, Nancy Hungerford, has made a lot of education money practicing creative law for public school millionaires. (http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2008/02/schools_let_sex_abuse_cases_sl.html).

Those now-illegal agreements, beyond the fact that they reduced our laws to the arbitrary reckoning of secretive insiders with hidden agendas, are tainted with hypocrisy when Ms. Chamberlain blatantly uses unsubstantiated allegations or contrived infractions that do not rise to the standard to abuse her authority by harassing and demeaning teachers like me, who have run afoul of some of her cronies in the education establishment.

Two former state employees who helped Mrs. Chamberlain demonize me on behalf of dishonest administrators in the Beaverton Schools: Former ALJ Andrea Sloan and former TSPC investigator Susan Nisbett. Both have been forced out of their jobs, quietly.

Also quietly removed was the former Westview principal who fired me, Malcolm Dennis...AND the former HR director, Linda Borquist, who lied under oath at FDAB about my work history so that she could illegally void my employment contract.

(It is widely known that the former HR directors (Holly Lekas and Borquist) ALWAYS reminded disgruntled Beaverton teachers that they owe 90 days notice or they face TSPC sanctions. They preferred indentured servitude to public service.)

Ms. Chamberlain, I learned during my four years in conflict with her, can influence state and federal court cases without accountability, in large part due to her connection to OEA lawyers who are being paid by the same teachers they betray (www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com).

I support David Brooks...Let the "renunciation and ridicule" begin. EVERY WEEK, like Brooks sagely suggests. Identify the phonies who take WAY more than they give, those PERS millionaires now trying disingenuously to de-public themselves, to stay off the radar.

Some I have encountered are basically bullies, cowards with government power and big spenders who have bought influence and status with Other People's Money.

Rent-Seeker of the Week: Vickie Chamberlain, director of the Oregon Teacher (Double) Standards and (Deviant) Practices Commission since 2002.

* George Will notes that "the federal government delivers sugar subsidies that benefit a few rich providers while imposing costs on millions of consumers."
**The tax code has been "tweaked 4,428 times in the past 10 years, to the benefit of interests of left, right and center."
***As Will notes that, in 2009, the "net worth of households headed by senior citizens was 47 times the net worth of households led by people under 35. Yet seniors use their voting power to protect programs that redistribute even more money from the young to the old and affluent."

The Judas PERSona

When I read The Oregonian editorial board's article about PERS, I first reacted with appreciation for clever use of the extended metaphor ("window...blinds" in the title lines),

Then I thought about the importance of what these writers are doing by pursuing this story, whose publication is making some influential people uncomfortable, I would bet ($10,000).

The people who are covering up, instead of correcting, this injustice are dong some vile things to our democracy. When I read about the lawyers and bureaucrats who are making (public) money trying to prevent the return of money that was pilfered with avarice and...well, when people take something they know isn't theirs, we all learn about their character...

When they find out they got some they shouldn't and refuse to give it back, they provide even more insight.

The thing about that conduct is, we are now under more stress as a governable society and we are uber-dependent on leaders with integrity. When people are hiding information that is public by definition, they are intentionally undermining the democratic processes which fuel our Constitutional form of government, as much as any terrorist with a shoe bomb and a Koran.

The people who are preventing the PERS repayment inspired me to research the concept of "treason."

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 115 > § 2381 TREASON Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

There are some powerful synonyms for "treason" terms just a couple of clicks away on the internet: apostate, double-crossing, faithless, insubordinate, mutinous, perfidious, recreant, subversive, traitorous, treacherous, two-faced, two-timing, unfaithful, unpatriotic, untrue, wormlike...

The editors would serve the public by publishing the names of the public employees (and contracted lawyers) who created the 20% "outrage" in 2000...and perhaps provide some narrative describing how these "public servants" may be continuing to benefit today. Who knows, when we celebrate their "public service" in our media, we may be calling some of them, many enjoying lavish retirements, the wrong names.

Most Powerful Opening Paragraph of the New Year: "The misjudgments of the past continue to haunt the Public Employees Retirement System. Days ago the Oregon Supreme Court issued the last word on years of litigation that goes back to 2000, when the PERS board tried to credit member accounts with outlandish 20 percent earnings."

Is Willie Lyles Help Us Find School Administrators, Too?!?

Fernandez is like another administrator brought to the Portland area from Texas (why is Oregon finding BOTH football players AND school officials south of the Red River?) only to have their welcome wear out after a short, high-paid run.

Malcolm Dennis, now principal over there in White Salmon (Columbia High School), was run out of Beaverton after 2 years at Westview High because he was coming to work drunk. To his credit, he was working for some pretty shifty supervisors, as we may presume was the case with at least some of the FIVE (?) bosses that Fernandez had in the same number of years (continuity not a big management focus in Portland, huh?).
Dennis, courtesy of Beaverton's highly paid (with your education $) lawyers, got the benefit of a secrecy agreement, paid-for insurance and, because he was a good "company" man, eventual placement in a little out-of-the-way school just across the state line...and closer to his home in Gresham.
So when the headline at the top of today's article says "incompetence" was the reason for this administrativee firing, the taxpayers should consider: If "incompetence" were a fireable offense, there would be a surplus of unemployed administrators in the PDX area, many forced out of jobs they had not earned during the Beaverton tenure of Yvonne "Kickback" Katz (another schooladministratorr from Texas?), who hired people who were not who they said they were on their applications: http://educationwonk.blogspot.com/2005/04/liar-liar-rsum-on-fire-mike-maloney-of.htmlรข€¨

Dennis immigrated from San Antonio to replace Len Case who, while principal at the state's largest high school, let a lot of teachers do double-work while some of his buddies in the "teaching" profession did "attendance" or other jobs with offices instead of classrooms. Mr. Case, now at Beaverton High and formerly of Southridge (see Amy Gordon's secret $120,000) is on his second new job after retiring from Westview in '02. Mr. Case is a very nice man...He has a lot of friends, many of them had cushy jobs when I worked for him; our morale was great...in part of the building.

The story I love best about Mr. Case--there a many--is that, as a jayvee football coach (ironically, he was hired as principal of Oregon's then-largest high school without ever being chosen as a varsity coach), he had a special "red zone" offense he used when his team was close to the goal line. The play--we all did it on sand lots--involved the receivers running into the end zone and waiting while the quarterback took the snap, turned his back to the goal and flung the ball up high...blindly.
Blindly. Hoping for the best. This story, better than any I heard, offers some insight into the leadership I worked under in Beaverton.
Voicing my legitimate concerns cost me my job and my career in a system that is skewed to demean and humiliate teachers while protecting the sorts of people about whom Ms. Hammond is now beginning to write. That should concern those responsible for reform.
I have been writing comments about failed administrative oversight for a long time. The system I experienced protects unqualified, entrenched bureaucrats at the expense of disposable teachers and, by extension, their unsupported students. Betsy Hammond is getting to see some of the nasty inside action of people who are viciously protecting jobs.
In the past, she and other Oregonian education reporters have viewed schools through the rose-colored press releases of school district PR personnel and in-house lawyers...those truly important employees in some public school districts.
Because competent teachers are WAY down the list. When vindictive administrators wanted to get rid of me, they contacted my union and arranged for a lawyer who would help their friend abuse me for several years.
My mom, a classroom teacher for 35 years, watched me fight with union and state education officials who were in the habit of protecting entrenched cronies in big school district jobs.
Evidence that the beat goes on: In her informative report, Ms. Hammond mentions that Glen Soloman is representing Ms. Fernandez but has failed to name the lawyers who have been retained with public education money to defend the PPS administrators. Given my personal experience with the lawyers of choice for many of Oregon's school administrators (Hungerford Law), that is a frightening but not surprising omission; these guys like to make their money the old-fashioned way...secretly.
Without a scouring of the OEA and the COSA and some genuine accountability and oversight of school administrators, all the new programs with the official-sounding acronyms are just smokescreen hypocrisy to preserve the status quo.

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

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.

1995 Woodford County (KY) Middle School Accelerated Language Arts unit...

An eighth grade "Creative Enrichment-Language Arts" for 35 "TAG-identified" students at a small middle school in horse country in central Kentucky...

Troy Shencker and others star in 2003 Westview High School freshman lit/comp class project: Parent Night

Westview High School (Beaverton OR) Freshman Lit/Comp Parents' Night 2003 with special guest star Sean McKeen in class production of "Romeo and Juliet"

Julie Leahy, Sam Vore and Todd Telle in 1999 Westview High School Media production of "The Kentucky Killer"

Julie Leahy,  Sam Vore,  and Todd Telle in 1999 Westview High School (Beaverton OR) original media studies production of "The Kentucky Killer"

Chase Fulton and Trevor Crowe in scenes from 2002 Westview High School Media dept's original productions "Dream Girl" and "Erika the Existential Eggplant"

Chase Fulton in scenes from Westview High School Media "Dream Girl" and "Erika the Existential Eggplant

Trevor Crowe and Eric Ball in a scene directed by Sean McKeen from 2001/02 original production of DREAM GIRL (Westview High School, Beaverton Oregon)

Brandon Chandler in 2001 Westview High School Media Studies production of "Dream Girl"

Directed by Sean McKeen and Keegan Garrity (and others). 2001 Westview High School (Beaverton OR) Media Studies original production of "Dream Girl" starring Paige Dutro, Brian Berg, Mike Geurts, Eric Ball and Brandon Chandler in this scene about four different stereotypes, all falling in love with the same girl...

First starring role for Gavin Bristol in 1999 as Odysseus in Beaverton OR middle school production

Gavin Bristol's early movie experience includes the starring role in Meadow Park Middle School's (C Hall Lang Arts) 1999 production of "The Odyssey"

Outtakes from 2003 Westview High School media project "Wishes, Wisemen and Little Pigs"

Westview High School (Beaverton OR) advanced media studies original production"Wishes, Wisemen and Little Pigs" with Mike "Puppy" McDonald, Fritz Brayton, Larry Arnold, Ryan Varella Nikki Smith, Crystal Bradford...

Gavin Bristol in early movie appearance in Westview High School (Beaverton Or) 2002 Advancedd

Gavin Bristol, Dan Aske, and Nolan Garrity in 2002 Westview HS (Beaverton OR) Advanced Media Studies original production "The Thrope School Method"

Gavin Bristol in 1999 Meadow Park Middle School Theater Arts production "You Know My Name

Gavin Bristol early in his career, in 1999 Meadow Park Middle School (Beaverton OR) original stage production of "You Know My Name"

2003 Westview High School Adv. Media Sean McKeen/Brian Zaro: "Hair Hazard"

Sean McKeen's 2003 Westview High School Advanced Media Studies project  "Hair Hazard" Edited by Brian Zaro.  Starring Pete Melillo, Sean McKeen and Ryan Churchill.

Travels with Jerry: The Life of Oregon's Highest Paid Public School Millionaire

"Retired Beaverton School Superintendent Jerry Colonna travels to China, Africa" by Wendy Owen, Oregonian

Mr. Colonna padded his retirement with 8 years in a school district where he couldn't get fired (remember he followed Yvonne "Kickback" Katz, who didn't last fifteen minutes in suburban Texas after leaving B'ton amid much fanfare and praise).
Because what happens in Beaverton public school administration STAYS in Beaverton public school administration...
I suspect Jerry and the Chinese have a lot of common ground to discuss about leading secretive, vindictive bureaucracies that frequently betray the public trust. Readers sold be grateful to Ms. Owen for some follow up on the activities of one of the many PERS millionaires manufactured in Beaverton schools in recent years.
BTW, Jerry: MY mom, a classroom teacher for 35 years, died watching me fight the lawyers you were paying secretly to cover up my illegal termination...after I had asked to resign. I know a little of how you must feel.
2. SCHOOLS LET SEX CASES SLIDE by Amy Hsuan, Melissa Navas and Bill Graves (Oregonian)
3. "Beaverton schools will see changes in leaders, staff"
February 15, 2008 by Melissa Navas (Oregonian)
BEAVERTON -- Some Beaverton School District schools will see new principals next school year as the district fills vacancies and promotes others to central office positions.
One notable position change is at Southridge High School where Principal Amy Gordon has been permanently replaced by Todd Corsetti, a former assistant principal at Sunset High School. The district continues to pay Gordon, who has been on leave since November, her annual $120,000 salary.
Gordon's leave will continue until early September, according to Sue Robertson, chief human resource officer. Robertson would not say what the nature of her leave is and did not specify whether she'd return.
"I didn't say she's coming back," Robertson said. "Her leave ends then."
Robertson added that there was nothing unusual about Gordon's leave.
"It's not disciplinary, it's not any of that," Robertson said.
Gordon could not be reached for comment.
Len Case, a retired Beaverton administrator, served as Southridge's interim principal for the remainder of last school year. 
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 Media Studies class in 2001.

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"