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

Open Letter to Oregon Atty Gen Ellen Rosenblum

To Atty Gen Ellen Rosenblum,

When my employment contract was violated mid-year 2003-04 by dishonest Beaverton School administrators and unethical lawyers they had employed, I was subjected to indecent bullying by state employees who were consistently abusing their authority. I was forced to wait six months for an FDAB hearing that was designed to circumvent my due process rights. In the meantime, my OEA-appointed lawyer, Tom Doyle of Bennett-Hartman, filed a breach-of-trust $1,000,000 civil suit for free speech in US District Court--without consulting me.
The findings of the FDAB hearing included charges for which there was no testimony or documentation yet the TSPC director, Victoria Chamberlain, persuaded DOJ lawyer Elizabeth Denecke to file for an unprecedented "accept-certain-facts-as-true" preclusion finding to shelter BSD employees who had lied under oath. My union lawyer delayed and eventually tanked my FDAB appeal while Chamberlain harassed me for almost four years to sign "stipulations" to unproven allegations. I steadfastly refused and she used DOJ lawyer Denecke to persuade (former) ALJ Andrea Sloan to rule in my case without allowing me to present a defense. I have been asking for a review of those findings for many years.
My mother was dying. I had been working 70-hour weeks with challenging students in two languages in both humanities and technology and had asked BSD HR officials to help me resign after being paid and treated unfairly by unfit administrators. Within weeks, I was fired for contrived sexual harassment charges that were dismissed by an FDAB panel consisting of school administrators are "judges" while my union lawyer manipulated me with the free speech federal lawsuit and allowed BSD's former lawyer, Nancy Hungerford, and the TSPC's former investigator, Susan Nisbett, to go on a witch hunt.
My mother died watching me fight for my dignity and rights in Oregon courts. I lost my career and good health as a result of the misconduct of people in your employ.
I was a very hard-working, dedicated teacher. I would appreciate very much a review of the circumstances that allowed the TSPC to damage my right to earn a living and to support BSD administrators who had violated state and federal laws in terminating me without cause and the lawyers they paid secretly to harass me in state and federal courts.
I am currently living out-of-the-country but will gladly appear before any objective body who will give me the justice I feel you stand for.
Please forgive me for any former efforts to communicate my situation that may have been deemed excessive or inappropriate.  I "followed the rules" for years and waited futilely a long time before I began my email campaign, trusting in a dysfunctional system that failed me and caused my mother unnecessary suffering during her protracted illness.
I sense that you are different form others who have served in your role.  I hope so.
Please examine the attached documents.  Also, be assured that I am not giving up.  I have been bullied by unaccountable people who have run Oregon's public schools into a last-place ditch. This is about more than me...teachers are chattel in the system I experienced. Reform cannot begin until leadership is required to be ethical and accountable.
Sincerely,
Don Bellairs

Oregon Education Association Fraud






 













REMEDIAL STEPS

(Cartoon by first female cartoonist to win Pulitzer,  Signe Wilkinson)

Open Letter to Oregon State School Board

When, between my fifth and sixth grade years, my dad left his marketing job in downtown Minneapolis and bought a main street store in a rural Kentucky town.

I learned a lot there. I learned, first, that I could have graduated from high school in the sixth grade. And should have. My sixth grade teacher opined that, since I had had a little elementary school German in Minnesota, I could tell the class how to pronounce the name of Johann Gutenberg. It was my first confirmation of a suspicion--that I had already been exposed to stuff my TEACHERS hadn't--and it was troubling. 

There are similar kinds of kids on Oregon's schools, kids who could graduate in the tenth grade but instead must stay in school, do their thing, take the tests and jump through hoops to keep their parents happy...and until they appear one  day in The Oregonians' year-end paean to the successes of public education...without ever being asked to do anything at which they might possibly fail. Too many kids have to find those challenges themselves. High schools are not allowed to fail kids anymore. Lots of the kids I knew when teaching and coaching at Westview could've been doing something more constructive than dealing with all the social drama that the last two years of high school have become. 

But, if my opinion had value, Beaverton school board members probably wouldn't have acquiesced to unethical administrators and fired me for sexually harassing someone whom I did not a few weeks after I voiced concerns to a new superintendent aobut Oregon's then-largest hihg school. The board would not have, a few months later, secretly fired my former building principal and paid him off with taxpayer-funded insurance and a job out-of-state. They could've saved that money for the classroom by letting me quit when I asked--instead of spending $200K+ on influential lawyers paid to conceal administrative misconduct.

The reason many schools work at the elementary level is that the snobs (sorry, but it's true) have not yet taken over. No dance team parents, no "superior" teachers with big-budget programs, no greedy, out-of-control coaches. Teachers basically have the same jobs and the parents still love all children--even the poor ones--and have not yet started Tiger-Mommying their own kids into Harvard. 

Since every teacher has, basically, the same job in lower schools, morale and integrity remain intact. As opposed to, say, Westview, which was THE state-of-the-art, then-largest high school in Oregon at the turn of the 21st century. NOBODY had the same job there. Nor the same level of respect from the support staff. Nor the same level of support from the administration. Our girls' basketball coach (later hired by Rob Saxton to run Tigard High School) had won a state championship with a recruit from Michigan (she would be ineligible the year after he got his trophy and retired from coaching) ) had "earned" an attendance office job for his championship. When he bothered to do his non-teaching job at all, he did so by sending janitors and security monitors around the building, disturbing classes that were in session. 

Our administrators tended to frown on failing grades; Westview's founders had opted to eliminate "D's" so the worse grade a Westview student could get was "C." Troubled kids were shoe-horned into the classrooms of a few teachers (mine included) while more privileged teachers and kids had...um...better space and more support. Our IT support guy was a recent high school grad (now president of BSD custodian's union (?). The principal had unfettered access to all the proceeds from Pepsi machines that served 2500 people daily; he was able to use it politically to curry favor for veteran insiders and special programs for the kids of influential parents. 

Meanwhile the BSD's fundraising CEO, Janet Hogue (BSD's first, appointed by now-disgraced superintendent Yvonne Kickback" Katz), had our "teachers" union rep perched on her board of directors while her daughters were attending "public" schools. As a member of the Westview site committee, Hogue became the gatekeeper to most funding and all room assignments at the state's largest public high school. Her daughter, and the board chairman's daughter at the time, joined a Westview drama club excursion to Scotland the summer before their senior year. Writing their college application essays about formative experiences became easier for them than the other students at our public school who were competing for placements and scholarships.. 

Two weeks after mentioning these concerns to the new superintendent, Jerry Colonna (I told him "She may have even deserved the part," referencing the daughter who had gone to Scotland), I learned I had been "sexually harassing" the librarian for several months--my principals had just neglected to tell me abut it while soliciting a list of contrived charges. The BSD HR department, run by a woman who had been Hogue's neighbor, called my union rep (still sitting on Hogue's board) and arranged for me to have a manipulative lawyer for the next four years. 

Then this BSD HR director lied to my mortgage broker, telling him I was resigning and costing me a low-interest loan I would've still been eligible for after being fired. I was fired by sneak attack, assigned a dishonet lawyer chosen by the Beaverton's HR directors who had already hired Nancy "Pass-theTrash" Hungerford, lawyer for "many Oregon school districts."  The BSD paid Hungerford to harass me for four years, even to mislead a federal judge, Robert E. Jones, on behalf of Beaverton's citizens. 

The public school millionaires "serving" as administrators who trashed my career would get creamed by a crowded class of spirited teenagers. yet we are still letting these phonies make big decisions about our schools. They are quoted in the media as if they have done something more significant than flee their teaching jobs to work for cronies who spend money unaccountably.

Sure, there are some well-intentioned principals who resist the politics on behalf of teacher equity but, when the job is already too hard, they learn not to invite conflict by pissing off people who are used to getting what they want. 

Westview is not the only high school in Beaverton--or in Oregon--where teachers are chattel. It's not complicated. Some of our veteran teachers are given cushy jobs and some are exploited and this happens WAY more in the high schools, where there is more "stuff" that people want--and feel they deserve, than in elementary and middle schools. Our elementary schools work more successfully because the competitive dynamic is not driving the agenda...People cooperate. 

Human beings need supervision and oversight. Checks and balances are built into our system of government for a reason. The focus of any K-12 education reform should be on administrators who have jobs (with very generous retirements) because they know the right people. I used to work for a few--Oregon taxpayers are currently paying them for life for work they did not do well...if at all.

Right, Mr. Colonna?


The OEA and Oregon's suffering education system

OPB | Sept. 15, 2008 8:57 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012

Betsy Hammond Oregonian July 14, 2010
http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2010/07/oregon_is_top_state_for_teache.html

on January 06, 2015http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/01/oregon_teachers_union_fixes_a.html

The Oregonian   Jan 11 2015

The Oregonian   Jan 072015

NewsWatch 12 Medford - Klamath Falls   Jan 14 

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The Oregonian   Jan 06 2015

Susan Nielsen: In Oregon, your school might be a palace -- or a dump http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/susan_nielsen/index.ssf/2014/05/susan_nielsen_in_oregon_your_s.html


Kyle Curtis April 10, 2013  http://www.blueoregon.com/2013/04/how-new-normal-failing-oregons-public-schools/

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October 1, 2012

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Many Oregon high schools must add hours to their course schedules for fall, state declares http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2014/03/many_oregon_high_schools_must.html Betsy Hammond March 13 2014
Oregon schools pack in more students per teacher than any state except California, new report says  http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2014/03/oregon_schools_pack_in_more_st.html  March 13, 2014 Betsy Hammond

By Jerry Casey, The Oregonian  on February 15, 2008

http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2008/02/schools_let_sex_abuse_cases_sl.html
By Amy Hsuan, Melissa Navas and Bill Graves OREGONIAN

Double dipping
"Beaverton schools will see changes in leaders, staff"
The Oregonian, February 15, 2008 by Melissa Navas
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. 

Beaverton School District promised its teachers, parents and students that it would remedy the transfer fiasco of the past school year.
Most teachers would be placed in positions of their choice, or at least one better suited to their experience, and all of the new transfers would know their tentative fall placement by the end of the past school year.
The district came through with its promise. About 380 teachers were transferred to new positions. But that came with a $34,000 price tag.
The district hired its former associate superintendent for human resources, Linda Borquist, for assistance, paying her $157 an hour, plus expenses for 23 days -- about $1,480 a day.
Human resources staff needed help getting the transfers in place after the department learned it was losing the administrator who handles teacher transfers, Mark Moser.
Borquist, who retired from the district in 2006, is a professional human resources consultant and has worked with other school districts.
"We felt it was important to inform teachers of tentative placements before they left for the summer," said Sue Robertson, chief human resources officer. "With Mark leaving mid-June, it wouldn't be possible without support."  
Moser was hired by the North Clackamas School District.
More than 350 teachers were transferred late last summer and fall as 204 layoffs created a massive domino effect across the 51-school Beaverton district. Many teachers were moved into classrooms or grade levels in which they had no experience.
This time, teachers were asked where they would like to be placed, and principals were part of the process, unlike last school year.
Beaverton did not go through a competitive bid process for the consultant job.
"It is not required under personal services contracts if it is less than $75,000," Robertson said in an email.
Beaverton sought Borquist because she had previous experience with human resources in the district.
"We needed someone who was fast and efficient," Robertson said. "There are not enough people to do the work."
Robertson said Borquist worked three days a week between eight and 12 hours a day, helping Moser find placements for teachers.
"This involved filling openings or making transfers based on teacher requests, principal input, teacher experience data, licensure and (federal highly qualified) data," Robertson said. "The best way to describe it is as putting together a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle."
Borquist, whose most recent known address is in Sisters, could not be reached for comment.
The $157 an hour that Borquist charged the district would be the equivalent of $326,500 a year. Beaverton Superintendent Jeff Rose makes $193,000 a year.
But the fee isn't outrageous for a human resources consultant on a job that requires expertise, said Judy Clark, president of HR Answers Inc. in Tualatin.
Clark equated the work to a large recruitment project. "That rate is not unusual for that work," she said.
Portland Public Schools has paid a human resources consultant, Yvonne Deckard, $15,000 a month since July 2012 -- about $180,000 a year -- and recently extended the contract for her work, negotiating with the district's unions.
Robertson said the $34,000 for Borquist's work was paid for with funds from Robertson's office.
Meanwhile, Beaverton continues its hiring process to bring back 151 teachers, the result of a voter-approved, local option levy that will bring about $15 million annually for five years.
Fewer than two dozen teachers remained on the layoff list in late July. Most have been brought back to the district or found jobs elsewhere, Robertson said.  
In addition, teachers who could not be transferred and remained unhappy with their placements also applied for the jobs.
The juggling of teachers will continue into the start of the upcoming school year, Robertson said.
-- Wendy Owen  August 06, 201

Feb 7 2013  Oregonian Ed board http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/02/beaverton_schools_need_pers_re.html
Beaverton voters may be asked this May to pass a local-option levy to help keep class sizes from getting worse. They may also learn, to their dismay, that every penny freed up by the levy would be gobbled up by the next rate hike for PERS pensions.

Picture it: About $12 million in new local taxes would come in the front door, and then $12 million in new pension costs would immediately flow out the back door. This indefensible math underscores the necessity of PERS reform this legislative session -- not just for balancing the next state budget, but for shoring up local confidence that the state has put itself on a responsible, sustainable path.
Otherwise, why would Beaverton voters approve a local-option levy? How could voters anywhere in Oregon feel convinced their local tax dollars would improve conditions for children and teachers in today's crowded, underfunded classrooms?
Local voters would -- and should -- feel a little foolish trying to solve the state's school funding problem if lawmakers don't tackle Oregon's biggest spending problem.
Beaverton, the state's third largest school district, has about 40,000 students and a general fund budget of about $300 million. The district made big cuts last year for three main reasons: meager state funding, vanishing reserves and a PERS bill that had suddenly spiked by $13 million. Parents and teachers are reeling over massive class sizes, a shorter school year and significant program cuts. 

They're also terrified that this spring will bring more of the same. They've got good reason. Gov. John Kitzhaber's recommended $6.1 billion school budget isn't quite big enough to stave off more cuts, and Democratic leaders in the Legislature seem characteristically cagey about tackling PERS.

Meanwhile, Beaverton's PERS tab is expected to rise another $12 million in the coming school year, pushing the total general-fund hit to roughly $33 million, district officials say.
That increase is the equivalent of two weeks of school or about 130 teachers, enough to fill a couple yellow school buses.
The volunteer Beaverton School Board is rightly desperate to avoid larger class sizes, not to mention more hours of anguished public testimony about diminished school quality. The board put PERS reform at the center of its 2013 legislative agenda, urging lawmakers to turn PERS into a "sustainable system for school districts and employees." Like the Portland School Board, which recently applauded the governor's reform efforts and warned that PERS rate hikes threaten to harm classrooms, Beaverton is hungry for state leadership.
Beaverton Superintendent Jeff Rose says he does see a way to stop cutting and start rebuilding. He says it would require a state funding level of about $6.4 billion, plus PERS reform, plus a local-option levy. This is promising news. If the state delivers on PERS, Beaverton could feel good about passing a local-option levy and starting to restore class sizes to defensible levels.
But if lawmakers punt on pensions, leave rate hikes untouched and let Oregon taxpayers hold the bag, that same levy proposal would -- and should -- leave voters feeling like the Democrats' official ATM.
Per-student funding in Oregon is stubbornly below the national average, which limits schools' capacity and hurts teachers' working conditions. Lawmakers hoping to boost education funding will need to make tough budget choices and pay close attention to improving the state's business climate over the long haul.
But they'll also need to tackle PERS, despite the political difficulties and the threats of lawsuits. They can't just craft a PERS-free budget solution, as some Democrats are eager to do, while trying to pretend the monumental rate hikes shouldered by local taxpayers don't exist.
If they don't deal with PERS, we guarantee the public will notice. As Beaverton knows all too well, there's something about paying an extra $13 million here and $12 million there, with no relief in sight, that is pretty hard to miss.

SCHOOLS LET SEX CASES SLIDE: Records show a pattern of missed red flags and ignored complaints from students  Feb 15 2008 by Amy Hsuan, Melissa Navas and Bill Graves OREGONIAN 
http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2008/02/schools_let_sex_abuse_cases_sl.html

Op-Ed by Janet Hogue: Oregon's K-12 funding: Budget beyond the help of one more Band-Aid Dec 20. 2009 

Consulting plus school adds up to inquiry: The Beaverton district looks at the circumstances of a curriculum change Thursday, November 23, 2006 by AMY HSUAN The Oregonian 
A former Beaverton School District employee received tens of thousands of dollars in consulting fees from a nonprofit education group after helping lead Beaverton's adoption of a controversial math curriculum.
School administrators said Wednesday that they will launch an outside investigation into Kathy Pfaendler's ties to the organization that was hired to train district teachers following the 2004 curriculum change.
Pfaendler, who retired in June, is a founder and board member of the nonprofit Teachers Development Group, which promotes the new curriculum and was later hired to do staff training to implement it.
According to tax records obtained by The Oregonian, Pfaendler earned $37,500 doing contract work for the teachers group in other districts during the 2004-05 fiscal year.
Pfaendler, a math specialist and former high school math teacher, lead the district's switch to the Interactive Math Program and other education reforms, which continue to spur parent opposition because of their emphasis on group work rather than memorization.
Beaverton school leaders are asking an outside law firm to examine whether district employees had a conflict of interest in the curriculum's approval. The district also is looking into whether Beaverton students are being used as research subjects in testing the new math curriculum, which has not been shown to improve test scores.
The case has broader statewide implications because it raises questions about the Oregon Mathematics Leadership Institute, a five-year, $6 million partnership between the teachers group, Portland State University and Oregon State University. The institute, funded through the National Science Foundation and the Oregon Department of Education, promotes reformed math and involves training teachers from 10 school districts across the state, including Beaverton.
Superintendent Jerry Colonna said Wednesday that the case has forced the district to scrutinize its procedures for adopting instructional materials. He also said any employee found to have a conflict of interest will face consequences.
"I feel we ought to expose this thing," Colonna said. "I see this as an important opportunity to own up to the problems and do something about them."
Pfaendler started working for the district in 1977 as a math teacher at Mountain View Middle School. She later taught at Westview and Southridge high schools before moving into administration in 2003. She helped to found the Teachers Development Group in 1998 with the help of another district employee, Susan Albright, who is still working in the district's math instruction department. Pfaendler and Albright were principal investors in the teachers group, giving $3,000 each in startup costs.
Consulting plus school adds up to inquiry
As the district's math specialist, Pfaendler oversaw research into K-12 math curriculum options in the 2004-05 school year. The Beaverton School District, like the state, reviews instructional materials every seven years.

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Oregon school district wants to require college or trade school admission for grads http://www.oregonlive.com/gresham/index.ssf/2013/10/oregon_school_district_wants_t.html  by Melissa Binder | mbinder@oregonian.com October 04, 2013 
Wendy Owen November 11, 2012 
http://www.oregonlive.com/beaverton/index.ssf/2012/11/budget_cuts_force_beaverton_te.html

Jessica Keskitalo spent five years teaching world history, economics and government at Westview High School. This fall, she found herself teaching seventh-graders at Cedar Park Middle School how to calculate volume and solve algebraic equations. 

It didn't matter that Keskitalo had never taught math before, much less middle school math. It only mattered that she had a license to teach it. 

Teachers are still moving from school to school after the Beaverton School District slashed its budget and cut 344 positions. At least 390 teachers have been transferred to fill holes as layoffs created a massive domino effect across the 51-school district. 

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The teachers union and district have no rules for transfers other than licensure. A teacher's competence -- years of experience teaching a grade level or subject -- do not have to be considered. As a result, dozens of teachers, such as Keskitalo, were placed in drastically different subjects and grade levels with little to no experience. 

Teachers and parents worry that student learning will suffer as expertise is not utilized, or as students cope with a musical chair at the helm of the class -- as Beaverton continues its sort, some classes have been led by three different teachers in the nine weeks since school started. 

Among the relocated teachers is a high school language arts instructor moved to elementary English language development, an elementary teacher transferred to middle school science, an elementary music teacher moved to English language development, a German instructor teaching Spanish. 

The district estimated about 160 teachers were placed in "significantly different positions." 

"There is no way you can cut 340 positions and not feel pain," said Sue Robertson, district human resources director. 

Many of the complications in Beaverton are the result of the sheer magnitude of the layoffs and transfers as well as a short timeline, Robertson said. 

In some cases, the complicated maneuvering ended up merely swapping teacher positions. 

A Deer Park Academy teacher, who worked with seriously ill students at their homes, was laid off and a Southridge High math teacher was moved into her job. The first teacher was recalled from the layoff list and put in his old position at Southridge High. 

The district wouldn't allow them to swap back, because it would cause even more disruption in the classroom and cost the district two days of pay, Robertson said. 

Some teachers trained in International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement were moved to schools without the programs, and those lacking the IB and AP training were moved in, costing the district $30,000 of its $100,000 training budget to get them up to speed. 

Others transferees resigned or took unpaid leaves of absence rather than start as the equivalent of a first-year teacher in a grade or subject they've never taught. 

Keskitalo's love of all things government dates back to before she was old enough to vote. It motivated her to teach social studies. 

"I don't know a teacher who decided to be a teacher without passion behind it," she said. 

Not only has Keskitalo, 35, never taught math, her only experience with this grade level was a month in a middle school as a student teacher. But her credentials qualify to teach any subject in middle school. 

"Seventh-grade math has 12 learning targets and they are brand new to me," she said. "How do you teach something you haven't been trained to teach?" 

Keskitalo said the district gave her half a day of math training before she stepped into her classrooms, which average 39 students. She has relied on the school's only other seventh-grade math teacher for help and worries about preparing her students. 

 "We owe it to them to have teachers in the room who are highly qualified to teach in that subject area," she said. 

Teachers had no choice in their moves and principals were not given a say in who came and went. 

While state law and union contract regulate layoffs and how teachers are recalled from the layoff list -- seniority and licensure -- there is little guidance on transfers, said Karen Hoffman, president of the Beaverton Education Association

"Districts have to do everything possible to save jobs," she said. 

That often means an instructor who is licensed to teach multiple subjects at multiple grade levels will be moved to save the job of a teacher with a single license, who has no option but layoff. 

The process is counter-intuitive for parents and teachers who thought the more credentials, experience and competence instructors had, the more likely they were to stay in their jobs. 

It's actually the opposite. 

Beaverton librarian Jenny Takeda offers the perfect example. 

As the district librarian, Takeda oversaw the circulation program for all 51 schools and trained librarians, among other duties. In addition to her library credential, she held an elementary license, making her more valuable to the district but also making it easier to move her. 

Takeda, 41, was replaced by a middle school librarian who had no other licensure and would have been laid off, because all school-level librarian jobs were eliminated. 

The week after she learned she was being transferred, Takeda was named Oregon School Librarian of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. She is taking a leave of absence and substitute teaching while she reassesses her career. 

A group of Beaverton parents is trying to help. 

"If they're going to follow the statute again next year, we would like there to be some human element considering the transfers," said Lloyd Bernstein, a parent and lawyer. 

Bernstein is among a group of about two dozen parents who raised concerns over a middle school art teacher transferred to Terra Linda Elementary to teach fourth grade. The woman struggled with the transition and has since taken a leave of absence, as have at least three other transferred teachers, according to district numbers. 

"I feel bad for her," said Karyn Servin, a Terra Linda parent. "It's a crummy situation." 

The parents are working with Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, to change state law to require districts to consider competency as part of the transfer process. 

Greenlick said he's working with the Oregon Education Association on the change. 


"You can't transfer teachers into places they are not competent to teach," he said. "It's not fair to the students. It's not fair to the teachers." 

Jerry Colonna and the Beaverton School District Legacy

Most of the dysfunction, malfeasance and corruption that Jerry Colonna discovered in the Beaverton Schools was not his creation, but by spending taxpayer money to secretly conceal misconduct, he squandered his moral authority and, in a state with a functional education system, would not be remotely qualified to sit on the Board of Education…

His employees kept him out of the loop while he padded his retirement for 8 years, becoming the highest paid superintendent in Oregon:


2004
Is District Cleaning Up Katz' Litter? by Rick Casey copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

Former Beaverton School District Administrator Charged Oct 28 2004 by Norm Rowland Houston Community Newspapers Online 

BEAVERTON DISTRICT has $66 MILLION SURPLUS:
A history of over-budgeting leaves millions untouched in the Beaverton district’s coffers
April 29, 2004 by Victoria Blake, Beaverton Valley Times 

Beaverton will replace Westview principal 
A retiree fills the job temporarily after Malcolm Dennis unexpectedly resigns/
Friday, November 12, 2004 ANITHA REDDY Oregonian

RETIRING TEACHERS CREATE SCHOOL SURPLUS
October 28, 2004 ANITHA REDDY - The Oregonian

2005
BEAVERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES RACIAL BIAS SUIT: In the $120,000 deal, the district admits a custodian was called a racial slur but denies other allegations  January 10, 2005  by Anitha Reddy The Oregonian 

Beaverton education fund leader will leave May 12, 2006 by AMY HSUAN Oregonian 

Beaverton schools hire consultant to monitor loss of employee info: Timesheets for 1,600 workers reported missing in July from district facility  Aug 21, 2006 by RAY PITZ Portland Tribune 

'Rife with cronyism'  Letters to the Editor September 28, 2006  The Oregonian

Consulting plus school adds up to inquiry: 
The Beaverton district looks at the circumstances of a curriculum change Thursday, November 23, 2006 by AMY HSUAN The Oregonian 

2007
More confusion ahead of Beaverton school board election March 14, 2007  by Seth Prince, The Oregonian  (Ann Jacks, ex-BSD School Board member)


2008
Beaverton schools will see changes in leaders, staff  February 15, 2008  by Melissa Navas The Oregonian

SCHOOLS LET SEX CASES SLIDE: Records show a pattern of missed red flags and ignored complaints from students  Feb 15 2008 by Amy Hsuan, Melissa Navas and Bill Graves OREGONIAN 

2010
by Wendy Owen, The Oregonian 

2011
Beaverton schools facing major budget cuts
by Mike Benner, KGW Staff May 26, 2011 BEAVERTON, OR.




2012

April 06, 2012 by Wendy Owen, The Oregonian 


Beaverton School Board OKs Teacher Layoffs, Program Cuts June 05, 2012  by Courtney Sherwood, OPB  

Beaverton School District will hire new administrator as it lays off teachers  June 22, 2012 by Wendy Owen, The Oregonian June 22, 2012


July 11, 2012 by Wendy Owen, The Oregonian 

"Sub-par" as euphemism for systemic dysfunction in Oregon's pubic schools

Dear Oregonian editors:

In 1997, when I applied for a license to teach in Oregon, I had six years experience in public middle schools, eight years experience in residential deaf schools, and a number of years as a long term sub and sign language interpreter in public and private schools. I had been licensed to teach language arts and history in five other states.

I had just been award an honorable mention Teacher of the year by the state of KY before moving to Oregon.

The Oregon TSPC miscalculated my years of experience and eventually used my National Teachers Exam score (upper 98 percentile of all US teachers) to send me a credential to teach biology, even though I had not had a biology class since high school

I worked in the Beaverton Schools, then being run by an ostentatious superintendent, Yvonne Katz, who was taking kickbacks from Energy Inc., conduct that would soon cost her a job in suburban Houston, where school boards practice oversight.  The schools I worked for, Meadow Park Middle and Westview High, were being run by a former AP biology teacher, Janet Hogue, who moonlighted as Katz' fundraiser.  Hogue took her kid (and the Westview Drama Club) to Europe when the rest of the staff and students at Westview were being told to cutback due to shortages.  Hogue illegally signed financial documents for the new superintendent, Jerome Colonna, without his knowledge.  The union rep I was paying, Tom Husted, sat on Hogue's fundraising board and met regularly with Hogue's office mates, the former  BSD HR directors who fired me illegally. One of those directors, Hollis Lekas, had been Hogue's neighbor and (according to Lekas' husband Jim) had borrowed money from Hogue when her first husband had died.

When I mentioned Hogue's undue influence to Colonna at a staff meeting, I was fired by sneak attack 3 weeks later for contrived sexual harassment charges (and insubordination) and beaten up for the next four years by the "attorney for many Oregon school districts," Nancy "Pass-the-Trash" Hungerford. Hungerford was working in conjunction with the lawyer the OEA had assigned to me, Tom Doyle, who filed a breach-of-trust lawsuit in federal court without my knowledge, months before I had had my (delayed) employment hearing…For a MILLION DOLLARS…For free speech.

Then he let Hungerford and the BSD administrators smear me in a hearing (FDAB) where school administrators sit as judges.  Linda Borquist, then associate superintendent at BSD, testified under oath about my work record and character for three days without being asked, even once, about the three years of elective classes her son Jeff had taken with me.

The Beaverton teacher, Hanna Vaandering, who was president our local union at the time, brought me an illegal settlement contract to the federal case after I complained to her about my OEA representation.  She is now the president of the state's "teachers" union.

Lekas become president of the Confederation of School Administrators.  

Borquist was forced to resign to become a consultant with Leslie Consulting, a company comprised of former BSD administrators who does work for…the BSD.  

Hogue was give a full-time teacher's salary to serve as "special options" coordinator, with not students or classes, until she had enough years for a nice PERS retirement.

The principal at Westview who fired me, Malcolm Dennis, was forced to resign in mid-year after being caught at work drunk.  He was give a pay off and a secrecy agreement (Hungerford and Borquist), and placed in  a job out-of-state.  

The assistant principal, Mike Chamberlain, who had been at Westview for three months when he conspired to help fire me, is now in Beaverton administration.  He lied to parents and students about my refusal to do grades at the end of my last semester--because he and Lekas had locked me out of the building the day before grades were due.

The TSPC director, Vickie Chamberlain, with the union lawyer's tacit support, harassed me for years to sign a confession to shelter these people.  When i didn't, she used an unprecedented "accept-certain'facts-as-true" finding to shelter Hungerford, Borquist and Lekas, with whom she frequently had worked in the past.  Almost four years after I had been fired, Chamberlain disregarded the recommendation of ALJ John Mann (the only judge I ever looked in the eyes in four years of legal persecution) and suspended my license to work, without telling me. I found out by reading the state of Oregon website.

Doyle and Hungerford lied to a federal judge and withheld a settlement check for more than a year, despite my entreaties to OEA legal to provide me with the representation for which I had paid for a decade.

Jerry Colonna, new superintendent and de facto innocent bystander to my abuse, signed termination papers consisting of false charges about which he knew nothing, without ever talking to me.  Colonna now serves on the state board of education.

The Oregonian's David Andersoleft a lot out when he wrote about my termination and lawsuit. Ms. Bottomly informs me this week that the time for a retraction is past.

To her, and the other Oregonian editors, I respond: "Sup-par" is an inadequate description of the systemic dysfunction that continues to diminish the profession of teaching in Oregon. The time for Truth is always now.

Not so succinctly,
Don Bellairs, classroom teacher


Janet Hogue, then CEO of the BSD's fundraising organization, the BEF...

Janet Hogue, then CEO of the BSD's  fundraising organization, the BEF...
...representing herself as superintendent.

Oct 06 letter from new BSD HR director Sue Robertson

Oct 06 letter from new BSD HR director Sue Robertson
...blocking access to evidence that would demonstrate Beaverton administrative misconduct.

Response to Sue Robertson, BSD HR chief, concerning false allegations to conceal misconduct

Response to Sue Robertson, BSD HR chief, concerning false allegations to conceal misconduct

Letter from Jennifer Hungerford, former Beaverton atty referencing BSD money manager Dan Thomas

Letter from Jennifer Hungerford, former Beaverton atty referencing BSD money manager Dan Thomas

Hollis Lekas, former Beaverton HR admin., June 2004 "complaint" to TSPC...

Hollis Lekas, former Beaverton HR admin., June 2004 "complaint" to TSPC...
...after waiting on FDAB results.

Justice delayed...

Justice delayed...

...is justice denied, Tom Doyle-style

...is justice denied, Tom Doyle-style

Former TSPC investigator Nisbet working unethically with Tom Doyle, OEA atty

Former TSPC investigator Nisbet working unethically with Tom Doyle, OEA atty
Her actions were designed to affect the outcome of a federal lawsuit. She lost her job consequently (Like me, she was small enough to fail). The improper use of TSPC "stipulations" and "pass-the-trash" deals effectively lets lawyers and bureaucrats in Oregon education play "God" with student welfare and teacher careers...

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain trying to work a "deal" with Doyle

TSPC director Vickie Chamberlain trying to work a "deal" with Doyle
Signing stipulations to protect BSD administrators who violated employment and civil rights laws

OEA Legal Conceals Fraud

OEA Legal Conceals Fraud
Mark Toledo tries to cover up for Tom Doyle

Former OEA President Larry Wolf denial of illegal civil suit filed by OEA atty Tom Doyle

Former OEA President Larry Wolf denial of illegal civil suit filed by OEA atty Tom Doyle
Wolf abdicates leadership of union's membership to OEA "Advocacy"