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

Hanna-pocrisy and the Oregon Education Investment Board

Governor Kitzhaber's Education PRE-form?

Thank God Mr. Saxton is capable of telling the truth: He didn't sign up to reinforce Oregon's current level of below-average schools and above-average PERS millionaires.
The hypothetical goal of graduating more students WILL BE MET because administrators will dictate that their teachers fail fewer students--thereby protecting their jobs. The newspaper reporters will print what they are given to print and we will have more public school millionaires and more kids with worthless diplomas--and we will call it "reform."
If it wriggles on it's belly and eats decaying flesh, do we still call it a "duck?"
Len Case, a war veteran and all-around nice guy, is now principal of his third high school for the Beaverton District. He "retired" in 2002. He was adamant, when I worked for him at Westview, that we teachers limit the number of "F's" given to seniors...
Actually, the principals at Westview at the time made it pretty hard to have high expectations of ANYBODY. We are now paying them all a great deal, for life, for doing jobs no one EVER oversaw. TeachingintheShadowoftheSwoosh.blogspot.com
Of more pressing concern to Oregon taxpayers should be our erstwhile "teachers" union, the OEA, a powerful political force whose president, Gail Rasmussen, is a non-teacher (?) and whose vice-president, Hanna Vaandering, broke my heart when I asked for her help, when she was the leader of the Beaverton "Education" Association.
Instead she brought me an illegal settlement contract for a federal law suit. She got a promotion for selling me out.
I was doing 70-hour weeks with those kids who have trouble staying in school while some of Mr. Case's coaching buddies were pulled out of the classroom for "office" jobs. The Beaverton School Board spent a couple hundred thousand dollars to have Hungerford Law criminalize me instead of paying me what they owed me.
The public knows Hungerford Law, right? Well-connected lawyers for COSA and for ruthless school administrators when they need to bully a dissenting teacher or parent who is critical of their administration? The law firm that does "pass-the trash" deals to hide pedophiles who know too much about curiously-qualified school big shots?
You have paid them millions in education money in the last decade.
Mr. Saxton. bless his heart, has served on a "public" school board and knows about all the insider stuff. He recognizes that we can no longer afford secretive school administrations who use public money in self-interested ways while deceiving the taxpayers with PR fluff.
Oregon education is now a comfortable place for lawyers and administrators. When it becomes a good place for classroom teachers and their students, we will be experiencing true reform. As it is now, teachers pay a political surcharge to teach here--the money goes to a politicized union run corruptly and secretively.
Oregon surely has some of the nation's best teachers and a ton of kids who want to excel. Why, then, do we have below-average schools in a nation that has let the bar drop pretty low?
About the former Beaverton elementary PE teacher, Vaandering, whom the OEA/OEIB is setting up as a future political big shot: Wonder what her contributions to "pre-form" are? And whether or not she'll get to go to D.C. this summer as a super-delegate to the DNC...
Without administrative oversight and accountability, education reform is smokescreen hypocrisy.

We Are NOT EAGER MODERATELY EAGER VERY EAGER to Reform Public Education

Re: "How do we fairly measure teacher performance?" by R.P. "Joe" Smith

Hey, Joe: The metrics are vague here, counselor. Would the evaluators be using a continuum? Ordinal numbers? Are values weighted? I mean, was the teacher deemed VERY EAGER, or just EAGER, to "receive and try new ideas about teaching?"

(Oh, that citizens could somehow apply these sorts of standards to their lawyers...sigh)

There are, I believe, still some easy jobs in teaching--far fewer than a decade or two ago--and the people who have the easy jobs are still, by and large, succeeding. They don't need a lot of evaluation reform stuff.

But for the teachers who have Sisyphean workloads in poorly managed buildings?...From experience, I can tell you that so little of what is hard about teaching is measured by your list.

First, unless there are consequences for not performing well, these metrics are superfluous statistics to be manipulated in the media by posturing bureaucrats.

FURTHER, everything on it can be massaged by a dishonest administrator.

A culture of insider cronyism thrives in our damp weather. I worked with some of the best teachers I have ever encountered while I was in Beaverton, but I suffered unnecessary conflicts with curiously-qualified, unsupervised bosses who were not doing observations, not treating staff or students fairly, and not paying me equitably. My union rep was dining with the Beaverton HR department while serving on the board of the Beaverton fund raiser and my bosses were ALL immune from accountability--even the new building principal up from Texas, who got a secrecy agreement and a payoff (and, later, a new placement in a job out-of-state) when he was caught coming to work drunk (proving that it pays in the education field to keep your mouth shut).

All of these people are supported by an insular system in Salem, created by the OEA and private lawyers who benefit most. That's the same Salem where people create programs with cute names for school reform.

In spite of heroic efforts in all schools by selfless people we should all admire, I believe we have created a dysfunctional system where teachers with survival instincts dilute their grading standards to avoid conflict. These standards you have devised--each item obviously important in therapeutic educational relationships--fly out the window if a veteran supervisor or power parent wants to piss on a young teacher's career.

Meanwhile, school administrators are secretly paying lawyers lots of education money, Joe, to protect their jobs. Now that's a metric we can actually use. When it is "zero," we will have better schools.
For, until there is administrative accountability and oversight in school districts and at the state level, our education reform is smokescreen hypocrisy.


The Insidious Cost of Public School Adminis-Traitors


The people who meet and make decisions about schools are often not behaving ethically. My experience, in several roles in many different kinds of schools in various locations in the United States, has taught me that the vertical movement of students through school systems is mirrored by teaching and administrative personnel.

That's a bureaucracy, anyway you look at it. And it's very hard to have a building principal in place for more than, say, three years before he or she is A) well-supervised or B) behaving in some blatantly abusive ways.

It is a natural evolution in an insular society. A lot of the "abuse" that I noticed was so routine that no one from within the system paid attention: Veteran teachers who didn't teach classes, coaches without cafeteria duties and study hall duty, new teachers with overloads of challenging kids. Garden-variety favoritism. Tell me it's not everywhere.

At Westview High School in Beaverton, OR, the principals had lots of extra-duty paid assignments to dole out to security guards, custodians, and some of the teaching staff. At both Meadow Park and Westview High, I was given surprise end-of-year bonuses--off the record. One, to me and Dan Jamsa for a lot of work with a theater project at Meadow Park and another from an assistant principal ("Pssst," he whispered as he came into the room, "Take a class this summer." Wink...) after I had done a loooong year of seventy-hour weeks for a big school in transition.

This was my first experience with schools where building administrators had favor-buying/payoff cash. As you can imagine, there are dark sides to this kind of governance. We are experiencing many manifestations of that darkness.

Because of what they are, public institutions--especially schools--too easily become breeding grounds for insular cronyism. I am certain there are thousands of examples of schools where building principals role model integrity and fairness and thereby create legitimate places of learning that fulfill the American mandate for public education. But I believe they are becoming rarer. Failed oversight of veteran administrators is rarely discussed in reform talks because often the policy-people whom we are paying to seek "reform" have benefited most from the corrupt system.

But the NYT dials public cost of this administrative self-interest up a notch today. The posturing of policy professionals with the same grad degrees who have given their neighbors and relatives jobs is not really the image that functional school administrations should be portraying, but...well, check it out in you school.

It is what it is.

It has been a while since I was on the "inside" but there is little public evidence that anyone in school administration is being held accountable for the dysfunction in too many schools. THAT is a matter for public concern. No one is going to publicly recognize that school leaders are inept or corrupt. They are there for life in too many districts.

Addressing the potential problems arising form that longevity and concentration of authority is a first step in education reform. In a brief stint with the Amherst (MA) Regional School District in the '80's, I learned of a system of "rotating principals" where a handful of master teachers would serve on a panel and rotate through the school's administrative leadership annually. Permanently-placed assistants provided continuity and experience. But you had to be a classroom teacher to be a building principal.

That sort of policy would be so easy to employ and is SO obviously going in the right direction for the public...but such legitimate, bold reform will first require public awareness of administrative shortcomings...and nobody seems interested in going down that road.

Yet, according to the NYT, these school adminis-traitors are growing wealthy in public education while creating serious consequences for the future of a society of generous people who are often misled by them.

Rick Pitino, the Clampetts, and proximity to the Oregon coast...

I remember when "Slick Rick" Pitino first arrived in Kentucky to coach the Wildcats. He appeared in a commercial on top of the Paul Miller Ford dealership in a long shot on a windy day and, as the camera zoomed in, he spoke defiantly in "New Yawker" directly to us rednecks: "The people of Kentucky and I have something in common; we both want to win." 



This commercial was central-Kentucky advertising worthy of Wieden-Kennedy.

Rick created the zeitgeist for most of an entire state that first year, using in-state rejects to launch long balls and play suffocating D.

Kentucky fell in love...then Rick deserted us for the Knicks (worse, when he came back to college ball, he went to Louisville--but that's worked out, huh?)



Rick Pitino plays in Stumptown this weekend. I had my coffee this morning with the NYT at the Cedar Hills Starbucks and read about his arrival ("almost in the Pacific Ocean"), along with the abrupt "resignation" of the current Knicks coach, Mike D'Antoni, and the whistle-blowing resignation of a Goldman Sachs insider, Greg Smith, a real "playa" on Wall Street. New York state of mind...



Not sure what the meaning is, but there's something in the air out here. I feel compelled to send a note to Pitino to tell him a little about Portland (he thinks he's almost in the Pacific Ocean, but we know he's got a whole mountain range in his path). 

Mostly I want to tell him how some Portlanders, when they want to label something as second-rate, attach a geographical suffix. Ex: "VAN-tucky."

I believe he would smile and reflect. He understands maligned cultures.



Meanwhile, Greg Smith's letter to the NYT confirms that, to the financial whizzes on Wall Street, many of us, even here in Portland, are "Clampetts," an allusion not lost on many Americans, even out here on the 21st century West Coast.



Rick Pitino is scary rich now. He has bought a few horses and has quit noticing that some of his closest friends say "ain't" occasionally. By most 'counts, he let his money turn him into an ass for a little while but has returned to being a family man, a Catholic and a coach. 

The people of Kentucky and he still want the same thing (although, at the moment, some Kentuckians want it for WKU, some want it for Murray State, some want it for the 'Ville, but MOST want it for the 'Cats...Go Big Blue).



Kentucky super-fan Ashley Judd's TV extravaganza premieres during what is truly Madness in the Bluegrass right now. Kentucky "culture" falls under the intense glare of the media spotlight for fifteen minutes. Maybe some positive spin will surface (it is a beautiful place full of storytellers and musicians--and some pretty good 'ballers) but throughout the Dance, there will be smug reminders of a separation among classes of Americans.

"Clampetts."



One of those Kentucky schools may ultmately win a trophy in New Orleans in April. If so, beware: Think Derby power-dates Mardi Gras. But before Springtime is over in the U.S. of A., the rural folks in the Bluegrass will be working hard and will have forgotten what they felt for a little while in March...pride in their collective identity.

Sadly, the "Clampett" label will linger...like the N-word and all the derogatory names that have evolved for Mexicans and Muslims in recent years. Used by superior people...



When Pitino stood on the roof of an iconic car dealership in Lexington and told his new constituency of uber-fans that "We want the same thing," he performed an act of diplomacy I have not seen replicated since, by our celebrated statespeople.



He reminded ordinary people that they share common goals and that they face common struggles. We could use that here, in our leadership. 

We could also use someone inside the closed world of state political power to resign with a revealing "scathing editorial" so we can execute real reform in our schools and government agencies.


We could use some "resignations" like D'Antoni's. Psst, Mike will be okay--he's been making millions and belongs to an elite club of coaches who take pretty good care of each other. So will all the PERS millionaires who need to step down for the sake of our fiscal solvency. 



If I could vote someone off the state government island, I would start with the Department of Administrative Services, especially the TSPC and FDAB: www.StateSponsoredTheft.blogspot.com.



But mostly we need political leaders with courage to stand up for us, to help us restore our collective pride in schools and police departments and local governments. We need someone like Pitino to remind us that we are all after the same things. 

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



www.TeachingintheShadowoftheSwoosh.blogspot.com 



BTW: Pitino got Calipari his job at UMass. Enter Marcus Canby and...you know the rest.

Public School Creates Secret Police Force or "Watching Your Back" in Oregon's schools


Leeann Larsen is as nice as nice gets in person (she used to volunteer in the Westview High media lab back when she couldn't get the other teachers of her five kids to let her volunteer). In this article, she brings to mind a popular sixties sitcom: I see Andy telling Barney to load his bullet.
I have learned at great cost that it is impolitic to mention the emperor's sartorial deficiencies in Beaverton's schools, but now might be a good time for Americans to rethink allowing these people to have a POLICE FORCE!?!
When I pissed off Beaverton School District big shots with some whistle-blowing to the new superintendent in 2004, they stabbed me in the back (and then used chummy state bureaucrats with whom they dine in Bandon and Sisters to harass me for years to sign a CONFESSION...).
Now they will have guns for people like me...Gulp.
Because that is surely what all this police department stuff is about. We are giving some demonstrably dishonest BSD administrators (statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com) authority to ARM their employees and permission to cloak every activity in the veil of an "official investigation." No more Maureen Wheeler...now Wendy Owens will get stonewalled by the "law."
Pray for the kids, Aunt Bea.





Note to a P.E.R.S. Joe Pa: Dear Jerry Colonna...


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

To Jerome Colonna, BSD supt (ret.)

Jerry,
I'm reading that the Westview football field is undergoing some cosmetic repairs. You helped them get that field: "Westview and Southridge will both sport new turf fields for the fall seasonby Miles Vance The Beaverton Valley Times, Jul 6, 2006 

I remember sitting up in the sky box, where my job as PA announcer included comically performing with my hick accent as the in-house "voice of the Wildcats." The scorekeeper who sat beside me every game was a local guy, a sports groupie, whom some of the BSD athletic directors hired for home games. They called him "Scoop"--I think because he had wanted to be a reporter when he had been in Beaverton schools. I used his real name....Jim

He and I sat in the announcer's box during Westview's home games on Friday nights and I used my Appalachian drawl to mispronounce Metro League visitors. Some pretty good ballplayers played on that field, back when it was muddy.

And Scoop helped me a lot--I told Mike Sanderson, our AD, to give him my pay for announcing. He cleaned up in the stands after the games for a little extra.

Don't know what happened to Scoop. I was fired in the middle of the year by sneak attack after I had asked to quit. I didn't get to say goodbye to many people. You signed a document with salacious and false charges without ever asking me about them...while my mom was in hospice care.

Included in that document, that Ms Lekas later sent to the TSPC director to prolong the witch hunt, was the statement that I taught poorly. I think of all the abuses I have suffered unnecessarily because of my association with the Beaverton School District, that is the unkindest cut of all.

I do not accept that you were able to pay lawyers to discard me so rudely with the help of my teachers union and of a state agency run by a woman you hired. BSD lawyers misled a federal judge with the help of a lawyer hired by the OEA. Me--my experience was in working with challenging 8h-graders.

I do not believe you understood the implications of the termination document you signed, for me and my wife. And mother, who died watching me struggle with injustice after pouring my heart into a job I used to believe in.

You signed a document that implied I was doing a poor job as a teacher. I am curious, then, how you rank your contribution to education in Beaverton, relative to your compensation for it?

When you have acted honorably (you are still being paid: http://theafricasafari.info/washington-county-updates-retired-beaverton-school-superintendent-jerry-colonna-travels-to-china-africa/), I will have some peace in this conflict. Without accountability for EVERYONE, the system is not going to improve.

Sincerely,
Don Bellairs, classroom teacher




Oregon School Reform: School Diminished by Greed


Betsy Miller-Jones, president of the notorious Oregon School Boards Association--an organization surely near the top of the list of reasons the Feds remain disenchanted with Oregon’s efforts at legitimate education reform--pleads the case of Oregon's over-wrought school board members:
"Working as unpaid, elected volunteers, school board members oversee..." blah-blah--blah. Then she asks for more money for schools. Poor, overworked school board members--with all those jobs to award and all that money to dole out.

I know some school board members (in Beaverton) who have passed out a lot of patronage promotions to unqualified administrators whom we will be paying (well) for life. Is this why Miller-Jones feels school board members require more money?

On the same editorial page of The Oregonian, Nick Kristof, an Oregon native who writes for the NYT, discusses Greek austerity reforms. He sagely posits that the current Greek dilemma was NOT the result of a vast welfare state (there are successful socialistic govt's in northern Europe), but rather that "the problem was ... corruption, inefficiency and a system in which laws are optional." ("In Athens, Austerity’s Ugliness" by Nicholas D. Kristof March 7, 2012 NYT)

Er, Ms. Miller-Jones, how much money is the OSBA spending on lawyers now, to keep you guys out of the news?

Currently, the school board in Beaverton--running the state's third largest school system--is a noteworthy group. Occasionally a member is thrown off the island, but mostly they have learned to survive by letting PR professionals and lawyers cover up that which might affect their public personas as "overseers."

The BSD board has passed a provision that school administrators spend several thousands of dollars secretly to settle ...inconvenient issues--without informing the board! The BSD board is comprised of elected overseers who have chosen to close their eyes when something is fishy...That way, they are able to avoid accountability for abdicating their fiduciary and oversight responsibilities.

My experience as an employee in the Beaverton system is that teachers are chattel--unless they are vested insiders who know too much. For many years, Beaverton schools have turned former jayvee coaches and librarians who fled the classroom into public school millionaires.

(In Beaverton, they usually keep an insider at or near the top of the unions --Vaandering at the OEA; Lekas at the COSA).

I have been trying for several years to meet with Beaverton board members about my challenges while teaching in crowded classrooms for poorly supervised administrators while some of my "teaching" colleagues did office jobs for which they will be paid for life.

Beaverton School Board members responded to my requests to discuss my concerns by sending a sheriff's deputy to my house to threaten me.

So, Ms. Miller-Jones, while we ALL need more money these days, before we give any MORE to school boards, they need to learn to be a little more open and honest about how they use this money. 

You are a leader in a statewide system that has turned teachers into disposable chattel in Oregon. I know--I was one.

When I asked to be treated fairly by well-connected BSD administrators who were cheating me and my students--I experienced "corruption, inefficiency and a system in which laws are optional."
Education in Oregon is a great place for lawyers to work--but not such a good place for teachers. It's not about more money, Betsy--our schools have been diminished by greed.

StateSponsoredTheft.blogspot.com

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"