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

Letter to Westview librarian Jennifer Jordan, who was used by her supervisors and Hungerford Law to smear colleague



Jennifer,

I am writing you because I am working very hard to achieve some change in the way teachers are treated in the system I have been exposed to for several years.

Your sexual harassment charge was crucial to the people who fired me in the middle of the school year five years ago—without it, I was merely insubordinate and people who knew the truth about my conflicts could have defended me.  Without your complaint, they could not have locked me out of the building, then told my students I refused to turn in my grades and sabotaged their college admissions.  Without your complaint, they could not have made me worry and wait for six months, through a long winter and spring--until the school year was out--before I was able to prove your charges were false and malicious.

My mother was dying, Jennifer.  I was also fired for missing a meeting while moving my mother to Oregon the previous summer—Mr. Colonna was given a long list of my offenses to sign by the same lawyers who helped you prepare to testify against me (At the same time they were guiding you in your smear attack, they were helping administrator-chums pass pedophiles around to other school districts, secretly:


http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2008/02/schools_let_sex_abuse_cases_sl.html

Not many people would do what you did.  I never said or did anything to you that justified your contribution to my public humiliation. You permitted nasty lawyers to smear my name in bogus defense of what?--while my mother was dying.

Remember, you never ever said a word to me about any of those incidents.  You allowed unethical people to talk you into something improper and immoral.  My entire family was punished by your conduct.  I was your colleague--I had set up your editing station a few months before—and you never said a word to me about any discomfort.  

Ever. You signed a complaint behind my back.  For what?

About three years after I was fired, I was still being played along by the union lawyer and harassed by Linda Borquist’s friends at the TSPC.  I began to get up in the middle of the night and organize all of the testimony from my FDAB  “hearing.”  You remember that?  A panel of volunteer teachers and principals became judges who listened to my former administrators lie about my work history.  Linda Borquist, Holly Lekas, Gail Vangorder, Malcolm Dennis and Mike Chamberlain were allowed to give false testimony and use fraudulent documents.  But you were the crucial ingredient—you provided them with a “sexual” charge. Ms. Lekas told me on the day she locked me out of my job that your complaint was a “red flag” and she, Ms. Vangorder and Mr. Dennis were justified in calling in many of my female students and ask them pointed questions about my conduct.

Always protecting those kids, Ms. Lekas, Ms. Vangorder and Mr. Dennis…and you. 

I have felt a lot of anger and hatred since this happened.  Mike Sanderson knows I actually asked Linda Borquist to help me quit three months before they fired me, three months before your sneak attack.  But I have never been angry at you, really.  It is easy to tell from reading the transcripts that you were used by your bosses…exploited by people using public money to conceal their activities.
 
The people who persuaded you to sign your complaint against me have behaved unethically and continue to be sheltered by a system that cheats teachers.  All of those people who advised you were being paid with public money—some are still on the Beaverton payroll.  I hope to have those people held accountable; we are in an era of heightened accountability in government. 

1. Beaverton administrators have had the ability to spend up to a ½ million dollars at a time of the public’s money to hush something upwithout telling the school board that oversees them. This sort of policy is telling the public they can’t handle the truth.

2. Beaverton administrators have been able to work in collusion with union officials who are being paid with money taken from teachers’ salaries.  These union officials cooperate unethically with school administrators and are not held accountable for their misrepresentation of teachers. You have contributed to illegal acts by the Oregon Education Association and the BSD lawyers by signing a false complaint.

3.  Beaverton administrators have been able to violate state laws regarding teacher discipline and have been able to improperly influence the behavior of state employees. The TSPC investigator who helped Beaverton administrators drag out my case for years, Susan Nisbet, was ultimately fired for improper conduct.   

4. On a positive note, members of the Beaverton board have created sexual harassment policies to prevent administrators from using false sexual charges by compliant staff members to smear their contractual employees. Administrators can't use people like you to falsely smear their employees now.

My goal is to create public interest in the secrecy agreement policy.  I am hopeful that a lot of reform occurs—my ordeal has lasted as long as the second Iraq War and has created health issues for my wife and me, as well as contributing to my mother’s anguish at her death. 

I think about how hard I worked for you--even after you sneuck inot my room that first year and took equipment out without telling me.  You said you saw it after scxhool and it was too close to the door--so that empowered you to roll it up to the library and lock it away without telling me.  That equipment was part of my lesson plans, but you and Vangorder were librarians without much respect for how hard it is to make classes work--even when all of your equipment is where it is supposed to be.

One day, I hope every human being who you care about knows that I learned about your three months of "discomfort" on the day they fired me.  You helped unethical people violate my employment contract and damage my career with sneak attack built on contrived sexual harassment charges. I was the only one in this sordid conflict who was actually teaching children for my education money. I did not deserve what happened to me… and no one else does, either.

Please address a letter to the Beaverton School Board, explaining the circumstances around your decision to file a complaint against me about the three situations spanning two months in the fall of ’03  where you were “uncomfortable” (even though you did not share your discomfort with me).  Board members should be informed of Ms. Lekas’ role in your decision, as well as Mr. Chamberlain’s and any other administrator who may still be employed by the district.

I am hopeful that I can teach again someday—although there are parts of the job that I sure don’t miss.  Teaching is difficult even when people are working together.

I would be grateful if you would send me a copy of your letter.  I am not seeking revenge or restitution, just truth.  As a professional educator, you know how important that is.

 
Excerpts from J. Jordan FDAB testimony June 2004
 
Q.   In the interest of time here, I'm probably going to move fairly fast.  During year '02-03 Mr. Bellairs was an activities director for the building; correct?
A.   Correct.
Q.   And as a consequence of being named activities director, did he interact with you or was he in the library space more often?
A.   I would say yes, more often.  He had more freedom within the building or he had more free time.  I don't know which.  But, yes, he was in the library more often.
Q.   Did you have interaction with him when he was in the library?
A.   Yes.
Q.   Of what sort?
A.   In retrospect, it is because he wanted something from me or something that I had in the library.  Just him being there -- I think he just got used to being there.  It became uncomfortable.
Q.   You said because he wanted something from you.  What kinds of things did he want when he was there?
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A.   Either equipment or perhaps a better working computer.  Oftentimes, many, many mornings, he'd come in first thing and want to know if the coffee was on, if I'd made coffee for him, if we had any treats.  The treats came from volunteers usually that volunteer with us in the library.  They were brought in, and he would simply help himself to those.  But it's usually because he wanted something, so he'd schmooze up to me, warm up to me and try to win me over with that.
Q.   Did he ever make a comment to you when there weren't any sweets around?
A.   Yes, he did.
Q.   What was that comment?
A.   Something to the effect of, "Can you put a little sweetness in this for me?" or "Can you sweeten it up for me?"
Q.   Did that comment cause you any note?
A.   Well, I remembered it.  It wasn't appropriate. It wasn't -- it was around other staff members, and I think there may have been students present.  It wasn't a professional thing to say.
Q.   Were there any times when you were uncomfortable with his physical presence around you?
A.   Yes.  Part of his initial charm I think with everyone was that he liked to get to know people.  He was
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a real touchy-feely person.  That became cloying.  It became -- well, I grew to hate it.  It no longer endeared itself to me, and I know to other people in the building. But, yes, the longer he was around me in the library, it increased.
Q.   Was there a time in the fall of 2003 when he came up to you while you were walking down the hall?
A.   Yes.
Q.   What happened?
A.   I was leaving or I was trying to leave.  It was right as school was recessing, and students and teachers were in the hallway coming in the opposite correction.  I was trying to leave to avoid getting caught in the buses, as I had a meeting outside the building.  I don't know
where he came from, but he came up and put his arm around me.  It was a hug much more intimate than he'd ever given before.  It was very close and very -- it was very uncomfortable, very close.
Q.   What did you do?
A.   I immediately tried to shrink away.  I'm short, so I thought I could kind of maybe weasel out of it or kind of shrink away from him.  The harder I tried to get out from underneath his clutch, the harder he clutched me. It just became more intense.  During the course of this
embrace, because that's what it more or less ended up as,
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he wanted -- he asked me if I would like to start ascandal.  Let's get tongues wagging.  Could we have an affair.  I said, "I don't think so."  And at that point I wanted to slap him, but there was so many people 
around, and I didn't want to get into any kind of embarrassing situation.  I didn't want to get his anger going at me.  I just finally just really jerked away, and I was able to leave, to get away from him.
Q.   How did you -- what did you do after that when you were in the building in terms of Mr. Bellairs?
A.   That same day?
Q.   No.
A.   I tried -- well, the very next day -- well, actually that evening I went and discussed the situation with my husband.  He said I needed to at least speak to my administrator about it, that I probably didn't need to file some kind of complaint, but I needed to let 
Somebody know that that had occurred.  I was embarrassed.  I didn't want anyone that may have seen us to misconstrue the facts, because I
didn't provoke it.  So the next day, after discussing the incident with my husband, I talked with Gail VanGorder. She said -- she didn't write anything down, but she said that she no longer handled Don, that she would pass on the
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information to Mike Chamberlain.  She offered some suggestions on what I should do if it happened again. Then I briefly let the two girls that I work with up in the library know that I didn't want to be in the same room with Don, that I didn't want to be in a position that could be misconstrued.  I tried not to give them too many facts, but I had to give them some foundation -- their names were Sherry and Nancy -- so 
they knew that if Don were to come in to the library, I didn't
want to be alone, or if they saw him come in, that they agreed that they would come into that room where I was so that I wasn't going to be alone with him.
Q.   Did you tell Gail VanGorder that you wanted to file a formal complaint and proceed with a complaint at that point in time?
A.   No.  I didn't.
Q.   Were there times when Mr. Bellairs asked you out to dinner before or after this incident?
A.   There was one before, yes.
Q.   And was there a time after?
A.   Actually, during the course of that incident in the hallway, yes, he did.
Q.   What did you tell him?
A.   I said, "No.  I don't think so."
Q.   What had been your response earlier when he
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asked?
A.   I'm not quite sure what the verbiage was, but I know I said no.  He knew I was married.  I knew he was married.  I mean, it was just so far out of anything that I would have ever considered.
Q.   Was there a time then later -- this incident in the hallway, can you place it somewhere in a time period?
A.   It was on a Monday.  I remember it was Monday because I was going to the district librarians meeting, and because we have them on Mondays.  I believe it was in November, the second Monday in November.
Q.   Was there a later time when there was another situation where you had physical contact with him or he had physical contact with you?  And this one I think was in the library.
A.   Yes.  It was in December.  I eat lunch up there with another couple of people in our back room.  I was eating lunch.  I sit on a chair with wheels.  And he comes swooping in and puts his arm around me.  And I didn't want anything to do with it.  And the harder I tried to get away, scoot away on my chair, the more -- I ended up next to the wall just cowering, and I was continuing my conversation with my lunchmates, slinking away.  I was flattened up against the wall.  Finally, he took that as a hint and left.
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Q.   Was there any conversation that you remember?
A.   I don't remember any.  I think there was, but I can't remember what was said.
Q.   Did you make any statements to your lunchmates or did you go on as though --
A.   I said something to my lunchmates, yes.
Q.   What did you say, if you remember?
A.   I said, "You saw that?"  And they said, "Yes, we did."
Q.   Was that all that was said?
A.   That was all that was said.
Q.   After that was there another episode that involved a statement by Mr. Bellairs that made you uncomfortable?
A.   Yes.  That was in December also.  Well, there was actually a couple.  Which one are we on?
Q.   Any of them.
A.   There was one where he was in the library, and we were at the front desk.  I don't know what he'd come in for, but Sherry saw that he had come in and she was standing right next to me.  There was a thread on his shoulder.  I said, "You need to take the thread off your shoulder."  He said something, well, with a horrible sexual connotation to me.  Sherry took it the same way. It was, "If you could pull it from my behind," or "if you
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could pull the thread from behind me."
Q.   What made you feel that it had sexual connotations?
A.   Just the way he said it.
Q.   Tone of voice?
A.   Tone of voice.  Sort of his body movements, yes.
Q.   Do you remember how you responded to that?
A.   I just walked away.
Q.   Do you know whether -- you said there may have been other situations.  Do you remember anything else?
A.   There was another one.  Again, we were at the counter.  Sherry was standing there.  There were also other students about.  He came over to me, and he said, "Would you mind going over to the photocopy machine," which is housed in the library," and ask the young lady that's standing over there to cover up?  She's not particularly good looking, and I'm not enjoying looking at her."
Q.   Was the young lady a student?
A.   A student, yes. So, yes, indeed I went over there and I did 
ask her to cover up.
Q.   He made that statement in front of other people and students?
A.   Yes.
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Q.   In your account I'm understanding that you never directly said to Mr. Bellairs, "Take your hands off me," or something to that effect.  Is that correct?
A.   That's correct.
Q.   Can you explain why not?
A.   Well, I felt my nonverbal communication was strong enough, the force of which I tried to pull away. It was all nonverbal.  I just felt that I was doing everything I could nonverbally.  I didn't want -- did 
not want to get into any kind of verbal confrontation with him because I had seen his anger.
Q.   Where had you seen his anger?

Sincerely,
Don Bellairs


The OEA's "Proficiency-based" Boondoggle

OEA: "Proficiency–Based Teaching and Learning is Changing the Educational Landscape for Oregon’s Students!"
To Betsy Hammond, education reporter
Oregonian/Oregonlive
Betsy:
   Perhaps you would check back on the "proficiency-based" teaching methodology that burst on the education scene in Oregon a few years back, its arrival trumpeted by the OEA and Jerry Colonna's Beaverton School District (cue ominous sound).
   I remember telling you when you asked me about it six years ago that I didn't have much experience with it--I mentioned that I recalled that people associated with our special ed department at Westview had found a way to use something by that name to allow their students to get credit for classes they hadn't attended.
   I did read what I could find and determined that the "proficiency-based" phenomenon was basically a collective of warmed-over education strategies to help struggling or poorly-prepared  teachers.  Much of it is based on the fundamental common sense approaches used (for SELECTIVE students) by teachers who are well-trained and experienced.
   Most master teachers have instinctively used aspects of "proficiency-based" teaching and grading for as long as I have been around education, and long before, I imagine. But it si used selectively.  Warmed-over ideas sold as education innovation by non-teachers usually serve a limited audience, while always providing extra income for opportunists (who are not in short supply at either the OEA or the Beaverton Schools).
   But I told you this several years ago, Betsy.
   Can we get a follow up on the money the federal grant? "Oregon's application for $200 million of federal education money says that proficiency-based teaching will be a centerpiece of the state's school reform push in the next few years."
   How about the money Nike gave the Beaverton schools for this? $600K?
 
BSD awarded $600k+ by the Nike School Innovation Fund
 

   Why don't we hear about the "centerpieces" of our reform after a few years? How has the "educational landscape" changed for the better under the leadership of the people who are giving you these lines to print?
   Without accountability for deceptive, opaque school administrators, education reform in Oregon is expensive smokescreen hypocrisy, perpetrated through the tacit support of an apathetic or anemic media.
BSD "Working Towards Proficiency" with Proficiency Grading
"While this all sounds pretty much like what many parents thought the schools were already doing..."

To Mark Katches, Oregonian RE: Jerry Colonna and the movie "Spotlight"

Dear Mr. Katches,

The movie “Spotlight” is an important one for The Oregonian and a lot of  similar journalistic enterprises. Michael Keaton’s character has an epiphany when he realizes his own complicity as an editor at the Boston Globe in the systemic cover-up of child abuse by priests in the Catholic Church.

Lots of people had actionable knowledge of widespread abuse and cover-up  but didn’t act…until more honorable people were given the responsibility of serving the public interest.

Same at Penn State, huh?

Too many people suffer abuse by people in power due to a lack of moral courage to stand up for principles. No one at the Boston Globe wanted kids to be abused, but many supported it through non-action.  Sins of omission.

Same at Penn State, huh?

The problems with schools in Oregon are not unique but are exacerbated by an inordinate amount of incompetence and failed integrity in leadership.  For several years I have provided The Oregonian with evidence that Jerome Colonna, then-superintendent of Beaverton Schools, paid well-connected lawyers to cover up misconduct and malfeasance by Beaverton School District administrators.  The fact that the OEA uniserve at the time, Tom Husted, sat on the board of directors of the Beaverton Education Foundation was not commonly known at the time.  The public also did not know until 2008 that the lawyers Colonna hired with public money (Hungerford Law, “attorneys for many Oregon school districts”) were doing a lucrative 0business by passing pedophiles around secretly from disstrict to district to help their deep-pocketed benefactors avoid bad press.

Colonna (who succeeded as Beaverton superintendent a woman who was taking bribes from a company formed by former educators to facilitate business deals with the Beaverton schools) inherited a district running a $66 million dollar budget surplus, whose board of directors had passed an obscene policy to allow district administrators to settle conflicts of under $500,000 without reporting to the board.  They were able to pay lawyers and write settlement checks without telling the public. This is chumming for lawyers and spits in the face of transparency and adequate oversight.

We didn’t read about it very often in The Oregonian.

Nancy Hungerford, a former school district HR director from Clackamas, did very well for herself, representing dishonest administrators against whistleblowing teachers and special ed families who were being cheated out of federally-mandated services by incompetent administrators (see Oregon's ESD boondoggles).  Mr. Colonna, to his credit, terminated her employment with the Beaverton District after he learned about her misconduct in my case. But he continued to mislead the public and The Oregonian about the removal of a number of incompetent or malfeasant administrators in Beaverton.  He was likely a bystander in much of the cover up (I know he was in much of my case) but he was paid A LOT by taxpayers to be an open and honest leader. He did not expose misconduct, just like some of the characters in the “Spotlight” movie, but instead paid dishonest lawyers secretly with public education to shelter him and his colleagues until they reached their lucrative

I, on the other hand, taught 70-hour weeks for Mr. Colonna, in over-crowded classrooms in a school (the state’s largest public high school at the time) where the attendance monitors (two coaches with office duty) sent the janitors and the security guards around to interrupt classes, looking for bubble sheets. The multi-million dollar drama department was the exclusive domain of the district fundraiser, Janet Hogue, who had picked the Westview theater director from her daughters’ middle school. This drama department director, with Hogue and two board members’ daughters, went to Scotland when the rest of the school district was told to cut back due to budget constraints.  I can’t remember The Oregonian writing about that.
In January 2004, two weeks after I sat in a classroom with Colonna and some Westview administrators and teachers and voiced my concerns, I was locked out of my work place by asst director of HR Holli Lekas who told me for the first time that I had been sexually harassing the Westview librarian for three months. That’s a serious charge. It was also false, and no one at the BSD has ever been held accountable.
It was at this point that a reporter for The Oregonian, David Anderson, began writing about me, and would continue for the four years while I was manipulated by my OEA lawyer and harassed by the Hungerfords and her friends at the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
My first hearing was delayed for 6 months after my illegal termination, until summer. In the meantime, the lawyer the OEA had assigned to me, former Bennett-Hartman partner Tom Doyle, filed a “million-dollar” law suit for freedom of speech in federal court, then let the Hungerfords trample my due process rights without providing a defense for several undocumented, unproven allegations. 
The Oregonian wrote about all of this without ever contacting me.
Four years after I had been locked out of my building illegally, three years after I had begun refusing to sign an array of stipulations sent to me by the TSPC director to cover for her friends at Hungerford, four years after I had begun to complain to the OEA about my Doyle’s representation, and three years after my mother died watching me fight bullies who are still diminishing the teaching profession in Oregon, the TSPC director suspended my license, disregarding the recommendation of the ONLY judge I ever met in four years of state gov’t hearings and findings and motions. The TSPC director, hired by the man I was suing for $1,000,000,  suspended my license without telling me.  She was able to convince an Oregon  Administrative Law Judge to invent an unprecedented  “accept-certain-facts-as-true” finding from that original hearing (where school administrators are judges)
Many of the people who trampled my legal rights and bullied me are still making decisions that affect the lives of Oregon’s citizens. I hear form teachers who do not (and should not) trust their OEA representatives, but too many teachers STILL DON’T KNOW that. Why?
Jerry Colonna probably wanted to be a good guy, but he lied to the people in Beaverton who paid his salary, He once used public education money to pay Hungerford to lie to a federal judge, Robert E. Jones, on his behalf.  Now he oversees the state’s public schools.
Without accountability for school administrators and their greedy unethical lawyers, we will not begin to improve schools. I was cheated by people who manipulated employees of The Oregonian. 
I am hopeful that movies like “Spotlight” will awaken personal responsibility in people who have avoided holding powerful, influential people accountable. I hope you and your staff are able to learn some of the same lessons.   

I would love to tell you what I told Colonna that got me fired for hugging the librarian and cost me my career.  But your reporters have only seemed interested in what the politicians and the PR reps send them.

Jerry Colonna currently sits on the Oregon Board of Education, where it is unlikely he has acquired a moral compass. You know.

Sincerely,
Don Bellairs, Oregon citizen who actually taught kids for his education money
http://www.statesponsoredtheft.blogspot.com

Beaverton Schools Face Civil Rights Investigation


OPB News

What difference does five or 10 minutes make in a school day? Not much, right? Not so fast, judging by a civil rights complaint against one of Oregon’s largest school districts. The allegations target Beaverton’s school system, and when special education students board the bus bound for home.
Seven minutes before the final bell of the day is set to ring, small yellow school buses wait outside of Beaver Acres Elementary School. The buses are for students with special needs.

A side door opens, and teachers escort a number of students to the waiting buses. By the time the final bell rings at 3:05 p.m., the big buses have just arrived, and the little special-ed buses have pulled out.

A recent civil rights complaint filed against the Beaverton School District says early dismissals such as these happen routinely at 24 Beaverton schools.

The issue involves students who might be on the autism spectrum, or have medical or psychological difficulties. Like Louis Feldman’s sons, these special education students spend at least part of their school day in “self-contained” classrooms, meaning separate from other students.

Feldman first noticed early dismissals at meetings with his son’s teachers.

“The kids would be lined up, right by the bus, to get on the bus, at 2:55 (p.m.). So that means they’ve lost at least 10 minutes, plus the time to walk down there,” Feldman said.  “Some teachers have said ‘that’s garbage time, we’re generally just packing our bags, and wrapping up for the day,’ but I’ve also seen where the PE class was still going on, at the time that the buses are pulling out.”

The attorney on the complaint, Diane Wiscarson, said the early dismissals add up. “If you think about your child missing 10 or 15 minutes of school, every single day of school. You add that up over time - you know, 30, 40 hours a year,” she said.
Wiscarson said it’s been going on for years. She said she suspects it’s a problem in much of Oregon, but Beaverton is the only district she’s documented. She said she agrees with early dismissal, if it’s best for the student. But she said it’s a problem when the policy affects all students in self-contained classrooms.

“The only way you can be in a self-contained classroom is to have a disability. General ed kids aren’t dismissed early. TAG (talented and gifted) kids aren’t dismissed early. Just special ed,” she said. “The law says you may not discriminate against people on the basis of their disability.”

Wiscarson and Feldman said the early dismissals deprive students of social interaction with other students and may mean being excluded from after-school activities.

Beaverton school officials declined interview requests, saying they “will not comment on this case while it is under investigation.”
 
Feldman said he’s observed dismissals as much as 15 minutes early, but it was different on a recent visit to Walker Elementary. The special education students exited the building right after the 3:05 dismissal bell rang.

"They came out after the bell,” Feldman said. “Doesn’t mean they weren’t lined up inside the building, because they came out right at 3:05.”

Feldman pressed the district on the early dismissals more than a year ago. He recalled what he asked a top administrator at the time.

” ‘So who’s really in charge — you, or the transportation department?’ She said ‘I am.’ We said ‘Really, then why are the kids leaving early?’ “

According to Feldman, the administrator said, “That doesn’t happen.”

“And her own assistant chimed in and said ‘oh, you should go to — this particular school — where she’d just come from working — ‘because it happens every day.’ ” Feldman said. “And she (the administrator) turned gray.”

Wiscarson and Feldman said that some parents have at times negotiated later dismissal times that keep special needs kids in class until the bell rings. But Feldman isn’t satisfied with a case-by-case negotiation.

Sitting in his living room, waiting for his son to come home, Feldman called the plight of special ed students the civil rights issue of our time.

“These kids are separate, and in theory, equal,” he said. “Except that they’re not.”

The complaint is now in the hands of the U.S. Office of Civil Rights. Beaverton officials said they’re responding to requests for information and documents.

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"