To Betsy Hammond and Oregonian management:
cc U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

WOW Betsy,

I believe you got edited by Sou.  Check out the two different dates on this article. They are like the dates on Malcolm Dennis' Westview evaluations of me--before he got a secrecy agreement for coming to work drunk...

WAY different dates.  

I wish Mr. Sou would've edited Dave Anderson's pieces about me.  I had asked to quit and got called a bunch of names without being contacted by The Oregonian and this guy Crosson, working for the Oregon Dept of Education--that bastion of sterling public service-- steals a million (from the federal Department of Education) and "is an otherwise honest man who felt under pressure to provide for his growing family and 'made a terrible mistake.' "
"...married in 2005 and moved into his modest Salem home with her three young children from her first marriage. By spring 2006, with a baby of their own on the way, they wanted  is an otherwise honest man who felt under pressure to provide for his growing family and 'made a terrible mistake."
"...married in 2005 and moved into his modest Salem home with her three young children from her first marriage. By spring 2006, with a baby of their own on the way, they wanted a bigger home...found and fancied a $540,000, 3,000-square-foot home in a new Salem subdivision. She called it her 'dream home.' He thought a good man should provide for his wife and family, even though he was earning about $45,000 a year, Tiffany Crosson said. 'He cracked under the pressure.' "
"...remains jobless. The couple are divorced. Their dream home is up for sale. He has no assets left...has remained an active and loving father while facing prison time, Tiffany Crosson said. 'I still love him and I have forgiven him. He's having a really hard time forgiving himself.' "

This article is a clinic in subjective writing. You think stealing a million dollars from needy kids because you want "a dream home" is different from being greedy? The courts and the media are designed to protect big shots and bureaucrats while those of us who actually do work as our "public service" are chattel in Oregon.

Crosson got two years because the told U. S. District Court Judge King that he was paying it ALL back? How'd he do that on a state accountant's salary when he's penniless?

Same way that pony-tailed guy is paying for Beaverton's federal arts grant?

Please excuse me while I puke.  My mother was dying while your paper was printing trash about me to cover up (yes, Mr. Casey, COVER UP) for shady lawyers and deceitful, unqualified bureaucrats who still enjoy nice benefits from state and federal taxpayers...as our public schools sink into the mire.

Don Bellairs, teacher

And I am reminded of the way you guys HAMMERED Dr. Crew...shamelessly)


School aid thief pleads guilty
BETSY HAMMOND
Publication Date: April 4, 2008Page: B01SUMMARY: Crime | A former Oregon accounting official agrees to repay nearly $1 million in stolen federaleducation funds

A former accounting director for the Oregon Department of Education pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing nearly $1 million of federal school funds and agreed to give up all his money, his house and potentially his retirement account to pay it back.
Brent Crosson of Salem, once a star employee heralded for his iron work ethic and crack accounting knowledge, admitted before U.S. District Judge Garr King that he stole $925,000 in federal grant funds meant for schools from June 2006 through June 2007.
He will be sentenced in June. Lead prosecutor Lance Caldwell, assistant U.S. attorney, will recommend Crosson serve two years in prison instead of the maximum of 10 years because he cooperated and agreed to repay all the money.
Working from his corner cubicle at the department's Salem offices, Crosson created bogus documents to show that the department owed money to CGA Wholesale, a guns and ammunition retailer Crosson owned. Based on those realistic-looking documents, workers in Crosson's department cut checks ranging from about $25,000 to $150,000 and mailed them to CGA's post office box.
Crosson deposited the checks and converted the money for his own use. Shortly after he started stealing public money, he bought a $25,000 convertible Saturn Sky sports car, and he and his wife bought a new $540,000 home on a golf course near Salem.
Standing stooped and speaking in a quiet voice Thursday, the 36-year-old Crosson repeatedly answered, "Yes, Your Honor," as King asked whether he used his inside knowledge and access, stole the money, then converted it for his own benefit. He pleaded guilty to one count of program fraud --a felony charge leveled when an employee misusesfederal funds.
After the hearing, Crosson offered a terse, "I have no comment."
State officials expect to recover nearly all the money he stole, plus any interest the U.S. Department of Educationmay charge. They have $750,000 of checks in hand, and Crosson forfeited the rights to any equity in his Salem home, which will be sold.
Daniel Rosenhouse, assistant state attorney general, asked that Crosson also forfeit rights to money in his state retirement account. "We obviously want to be repaid," Rosenhouse said.
Much of the recovered money must be sent back to the U.S. Department of Education because the deadline for the money to be spent on charter schools, children's health and other school programs has passed, said Ed Dennis,Oregon's deputy schools superintendent. But some of the money will be available to Oregon schools for the intended purposes, he said.
State officials discovered Crosson's crime after anonymous tipsters alerted them that he might have stolen public property.



From: Representative Suzanne Bonamici
To: bellairsd@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:24 AM
Subject: Responding to your message

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 13, 2013
 
 
Dear Mr. Bellairs,
 
Thank you for contacting me about the importance of education. Education is one of my top priorities as a Member of Congress and I am committed to giving every student the resources needed to succeed. 
 
Every student should be provided with the tools necessary to  thrive  academically, to prepare for higher education, and to enter the workforce. Adequate funding for programs from early childhood education through career and technical  and higher education is critical to this mission.  I am honored to serve as a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, where I advocate for these and other issues important to students.
 
As a parent of two children who attended public schools in Beaverton, I understand how important early childhood care and education programs are in laying the groundwork for a successful academic career. Accordingly, I have asked the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to increase funding for critical early learning programs like the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and Grants for Infants and Families under the Integrated Disability Education and Awareness program (IDEA). Strengthening our public education system and improving access to higher education are both crucial steps to rebuilding our economy and improving the quality of life in our communities.  
 
he reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has the potential to replace No Child Left Behind's rigid system of standardized testing and punitive measures with a fair and flexible system of accountability based on multiple measures.   Adequate funding and less "teaching to the test" will not only lead to improved graduation rates and greater access to  higher education , but will provide countless rewards for our economy as students will be better prepared to enter the workforce.
 
As a community college graduate and member of the Community College Caucus, I know how important it is to make higher education accessible for all.   I will continue to fight for robust funding for Pell Grants, increased availability of federal student loans, and better access to higher education for every young adult in this country.   The future of our economy will rely on an educated workforce that will create and fill the jobs of the 21st century.
 
Finally, as a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I will be working on science education policy. Science education is extremely important to the success and competitiveness of our students in the workforce. As we consider the reauthorization of ESEA, I will promote programs that improve STEM(science, technology, engineering, and math) education   as well as ways of the arts and design with it to teach  students to be creative, critical thinkers. 
 
Again, thank you for sharing your views with me about this important issue. If you would like to know more about my work in Congress, please sign up for my newsletter at  http://bonamici.house.gov or visit my Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/congresswomanbonamici .
 
 
 
 
Sincerely,

Suzanne Bonamici
Member of Congress