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: Fart in a Limo

The Jeremy Lin phenomenon is thought-provoking for a lot of reasons.

Public education is under fire as wasteful and ineffective...and a lot of support is available for those kinds of arguments.

Evaluating teachers and testing students and holding administrators accountable are all on the table. To which we should add: Adjust our expectations of schools. Of administrators. Of teachers. Of students.

No great teacher compensates for instability at home. Ideally he/she supplements, not initiates, a child's development. But ours is not an ideal world, despite our collective propensity to dwell on the fantasies.

A teacher basically deals with these agendas:
1. The ADMINISTRATORS want all paper work on time and no problems from parents
2. The PARENTS want A) constant confirmation that they are raising superior children or B) the least amount of interaction with the school as is possible
3. The STUDENTS want to pass through the day with their respective dignities intact.

Those of us who got into education to "TEACH" had to learn some other stuff to get by.

That said, there are others beside the Mayans who are bleak about Twenty-Twelve. A lot of people sense a societal fuse burning. It's time for people of conviction to step forward, ladies and gentlemen. That's you and me.

This is about more than an embarrassing fart in the limousine. We can no longer politely ignore the fact that schools NEED to CHANGE.

"Achievement compacts" tailored to individual school districts spins nicely in the media, but...really?

As we watch Jeremy Lin learn to how ball with 'Melo and Amare, the rest of us can learn something about cultures and expectations. Much of life is about opportunity....and how we prepare when it arrives. Number 17 got way better 'cause he believed he was able to get better, and when his time came, he was ready.

(They say Harvard can do that for you.)

Public schools get Asian kids ready to do well on the SAT because the individuals in the systems expect those kids to do high-level math.

Some pretty wonderful human beings with whom I worked as teachers had very limited expectations of children but didn't recognize that fact; they were simultaneously having HIGH expectations for these children in their "EXPECTED" stereotyped domains. That's what happens: The bigotry of low expectations lies at the opposite end of the continuum.

We as teachers are fallible human beings who are too often empowered to label, categorize and rank the talents and abilities of our community's youth. Much of our work is skillfully guided by influential parents who know how to access the system.

(A vast bureaucracy has sprung up to serve kids who are "special." God save us from Special Ed.)

The truth is, we need to expect that our schools--that is: the teachers, principals, coaches and secretaries--are trained to recognize the unknowable potential in ALL kids.

(...And are allowed to teach that way, Beaverton School District.)

In too many public middle and high schools, the kids who can pay for elite team memberships dominate our soccer and tennis programs. That's about coaches' egos and selling Nike gear--let Phil pay for it if it's making him rich.

Our schools can be about seeing how many community members we can get to play in weekend tournaments in the parks and schools. There are places for the elite, but they need to be removed from public schools.

And on the other side of the coin: When we expect the poor kids merely to "study hard," we will get one result--the one we have been getting. But when we expect the poor kids to become leaders, to become wealthy and successful, we will get a different, more desirable result.

Especially when they believe us.

Let's not continue the farce of forcing children to come to school to watch curiously-qualified adults assign superior status to other children. That's counter-productive to the mission of public education.

And we are a democratic society reliant on public education.

The public education reform we truly seek: A cultural shift away from schools as branding institutions for privileged kids and as factories for public school millionaires, many of whom are intentionally remote from what actually happens in a classroom.

Teachers (and the systems that ostensibly support their work) need to practice their craft with the belief that "little Jeremy" and "little LeBron" have the same inherent potential to excel in Keynesian theory and Tomahawk dunkin'.

I don't think it works that way now in enough places. It often takes the unexpected to make us self-aware about what we expect.

Oregon Education Reform: But Lisa is Leaving?...and Why?


"Beaverton School Board has a Full Agenda..." by Wendy Owen of The Oregonian
http://www.oregonlive.com/beaverton/index.ssf/2012/02/beaverton_school_board_has_a_f.html

Like a family torn by unspoken shame, the Beaverton School Board will assemble publicly and behave as if all is well at home. A brave public face.

These folks, with vast influence and power over the livelihoods of so many Beaverton citizens, will make decisions tonight that will affect the futures of hundreds--no, thousands of others.

The agenda will include a visit from a prominent state-level education official so the publicity will be heightened. This is BSD PR whiz Maureen Wheeler at work.

Everyone will put on a brave face, occasionally fidgeting and looking away from all the cameras, and all of them will try to forget, for a while, the secrets they keep.

Secrets that led to Ms. Shultz's departure. Secrets that maintain the facade of functionality for a VERY expensive public enterprise.

But Lisa is leaving...and why?

Mr. Ben Cannon, the new face of Oregon education reform, will address an assortment of people gathered tonight. Many of these educators and board members are prominent in our community, but they are people who have systematically placed themselves first in line at the Beaverton public education buffet for many years.

An identifiable problem Mr. Cannon could easily address in his public appearance tonight is the number of conflicts-of-interests that are present when the Beaveton School District leadership congregates.

And how much money the secretive BSD leaders are able to spend unaccountably, to hide unsavory personnel issues that might taint Ms. Wheeler's scripted public images.

A lot of big decisons will be made when the Family gets together tonight...

But Lisa is leaving...and why?

Without oversight and accountability for school administrators in the Beaverton School District, education reform is smokescreen hypocrisy that taxpayers can no longer afford.

See: "RETIRING TEACHERS CREATE SCHOOL SURPLUS"
Anitha Reddy Oregonian October 28, 2004


Running in the Deep



Ms. Nielsen is doing something that Oregon's Fourth Estate should have been doing for a long time. Too many schools in Oregon are top-heavy and overloaded with patronage appointments, creating poor morale and inequitable opportunities for kids and teachers.

Dr. Sandy Husk, superintendent at Salem-Kaiser Schools who is quoted by Ms. Nielsen, appears so often as an "expert" in the news that her future consulting company (after her "retirement") should pay some promotional fees to some of The Oregonian staff writers on her behalf.

Dr. Husk recently helped the Beaverton Schools hire a new superintendent. Actually, the Beaverton school board hired an expensive headhunter from Chicago AND Ms. Husk to help them find a superintendent. After what MAY HAVE BEEN an extensive search (we don't really know--the board members refused to release the names of any candidates other than Jeff Rose), the board found their man, Dr. Rose...in Canby.

I bet he knows some of the same people Sandy Husk knows.

But Ms. Nielsen opines that we should go DEEPER with teacher evaluations. When I was fired for insubordination after asking that my bosses be held accountable for misconduct, the lawyer for my "teachers" union, the OEA, and the school district's "specialty" lawyers from Hungerford Law tried to have my evaluations removed from a civil trial process that I was forced to endure for years.

These lawyers were making a deal with the federal judge: Anything potentially embarrassing from my medical history and financial records that they had subpoenaed would not be made public by Beaverton's lawyers if my work evaluations were left out as evidence...

Good ol' OEA--now that suing Sizemore is no longer a career opportunity for "education" lawyers, work is limited, but they are still hiring Tom Doyle from Bennett-Hartman to "help" Oregon's teachers.

My former building principal at Westview HS, Malcolm Dennis, was coming to work drunk and, after getting caught, got a secrecy agreement and paid insurance because he knew too much. Meanwhile the director of an Oregon state agency, the TSPC, harassed me for almost four years to sign a false confession before making an unprecedented ruling to shelter her several close associates who were running the B'ton schools.

I had been cheated out of $20K in fair pay and my mom, a teacher for 35 years, died watching me fight with a union I had paid a decade's worth of dues.

(BTW: In 1997, when I first arrived in Oregon as an experienced classroom teacher, I was given the job of helping to train a new teacher, Dan Jamsa, at Meadow Park Middle School in Beaverton. Dan would soon leave Beaverton and go on to win achievement awards for teaching ESL kids in Ms. Husk's district.)

Nick Kristof, an Oregon native writing in today's NYT about education reform in New Haven, CT, mentions how leaders there have used a crucial element to genuine reform: "Teachers were protected by a transparent process, and by accountability for principals." Outside evaluators, or accountability. Checks and balances.

If Beaverton had such a policy, I would still have my teaching career and you, taxpayers, would have saved the several hundred thousand dollars they spent beating me up and paying unethical people to resign quietly.

The man whom Ms. Husk recently helped pick to lead Beaverton Schools, Rose, could lead the state in such "transparency" by revealing to the taxpayers how much the BSD adminstration paid their lawyers to bully me into submission while my mom was dying: StateSponsoredTheft.blogspot.com

Dr.. Husk could actually start this new transparency process herself, by explaining why the Beaverton School Board was able to conceal the names of the other candidates for Dr. Rose's job.
Ms. Nielsen is on the right "track" with this essay but seems to be listening to the wrong "engineer" in Dr. Husk. Surely she will read Kristof's insightful essay when it appears in The Oregonian.

Nick Kristof:

How Beaverton School administrators silence people who know too much...


How TSPC investigator Susan Nisbett lost her job: 
Sheltering "friends" in Beaverton School District administration



Former Westview Principal Malcolm Dennis's 
REAL REASON for leaving in the middle of the year...


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"