Skip to comments.Beaverton's "Crash the Tea Party" teacher resigns as his dismissal loomed
Posted on 08/20/2010 1:22:15 PM PDT by ThreeYearLurker
Beaverton middle school teacher Jason Levin, who founded the now notorious "Crash the Tea Party" website, is no longer a teacher.
Jason Levin Levin resigned Wednesday in lieu of termination, said Beaverton School District Legal Counsel Camellia Osterink.
District officials would not say why Levin was facing dismissal, but that it followed an internal investigation into his use of public resources and time spent at school.
"There was some question whether that conduct occurred during the work day," Osterink said of Levin's work on the website.
Reached today, Levin said, "My attorney has advised me not to comment."
His attorney, Adam Arms of Portland, could not be immediately reached.
Levin, a media lab technology teacher at Conestoga Middle School, drew international attention last spring after creating crashtheteaparty.org. The now defunct site had said it was part of a national movement to "dismantle and demolish the tea party by any nonviolent means necessary."
The site encouraged people to infiltrate the tea party, then misspell protest signs, make wild claims during interviews and perform other public actions that would damage the public's opinion of the tea party.
Hundreds of e-mails and calls streamed into the district in April from as far away as Chile, some calling for Levin's removal and questioning his fitness to teach. District spokeswoman Maureen Wheeler said at the time that Levin's political views were not part of the investigation.
District officials placed Levin on paid administrative leave in mid-April but returned him to the classroom about two weeks later after determining he was not a threat to students, said Sue Robertson, chief human resources officer.
But the investigation continued and concluded the week before school let out for the summer with a recommendation to dismiss Levin, Robertson said. He was placed on paid administrative leave for the final week of classes.
The school board planned to consider his dismissal on Wednesday when they received word that he had resigned. Levin, who has a master's degree in instructional technology education, had just finished his third year with the district.
It's not over for Levin yet. The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, which oversees teacher licensing, is continuing its investigation into possible neglect of duty, said Melody Hanson, director of professional practices.
Despite his resignation, the agency can revoke or suspend his license, issue a public reprimand or keep him from reapplying for a license in the future.
See ya, buddy!
“Free speech” to a liberal means shouting the person down.
Vast right-wing conspiracy.
Or Bush’s fault.
*Beaverton middle school teacher Jason Levin, who founded the now notorious “Crash the Tea Party” website, is no longer a teacher. *
He deserves to be homeless and yelling, “Hey red car guy!
Where’d ya get the red car!”
These aren't the same type of guys that used to run the projectors are they? OMG.
He’ll get a slot on CNN.
Schadenfrude, sweet schadenfrude.....
Beaverton middle school teacher Jason Levin izadick.
Leave it to Beaverton to do the right thing and terminate the creep. Yeah he prempted them, but he is gone nevertheless.
In other words Dad clobbered him.
This is the guy I found on a Whois search. He will have to answer for what he did.
Child porn on his computer?
Probably wanted a smaller class, anyway.
*If your opponents aren’t racists and therefore you have to infiltrate and pretend to be a racist to make them look bad you’re a sick individual...and a racist yourself. *
Shows what people with no morals do.
Conservatives don’t have to infiltrate Left-wing protests. They make fools of themselves and look bad without any help!
He’ll be some big guy’s b*tch in prison eventually.
40 years from now people will laugh at this specific time in the history and culture of the internet - the assumed anonymity while, in reality, exposing who you are to the entire world.
Heck, I have a web site for my band, but NOBODY here knows where it is. If you know, the world knows. And if they connect Robroy with that band site, they will know where I live and who I am.
I’m trying to get my dream job right now. You aughta see my facebook page. It is bland beyond your wildest imagination.
Now, if someone REALLY wants to know who I am, naturally they’ll find out. But that has always been true.
Even she thinks so.
Ditto....I post of several sites...all using a different nick...thus when they try and trail me...they get squat...
Others though... leave a trail on the net you can see from space...
I hate to say it but if he ends up going to prison his lifestyle in the prison is likely not going to be much different than his lifestyle out of prison.
Jason Levin izadick.
What a name! Rings true.
His union will get him his job back. That’s why unions exist. So losers can keep their jobs.
“Probably wanted a smaller class, anyway”.
I do leave an intentional trail between here and Harmony-central. ;)
You know, you’ve gotta have looks to get away with something like this.
No wonder he’s being busted. LOL
Too smart by half there fella. How’s that workin’ out for ya?
The racist little democrat will hopefully have more bad karma coming his way.
He looks like the “hide the decline” dude
FWIW, some media lab/computer lab technology courses are pretty good. Kids can really develop a lot of expertise, with equipment that is up-to-date, and with a teacher who is serious about the curriculum.
This is the very person you WOULDN'T WANT teaching a course like that, since he's encouraging kids to manipulate things to their own advantage.
But yes, I think they do run the projectors!
It is actually 1/3 of an elective class. If you are in Middle School, you can either take Band or “Wheel”, which is a combo of Art, Music, and Media. Essentially Media is making slideshows, web animation, and photoshop stuff. My sons are in middle school in this district in a different school. Thank God they are in band.
FReeper Chode, please pick up the nearest courtesy phone...
Self-ping, thanks ThreeYearLurker.
He’ll turn up again...probably as a new host on CNN.
(shoulda read the replies first.)
I hope he finds a nice door stoop down on Burnside.
Best news of the week.
NOTE TO INSANE, HATE-FILLED LIBERAL DEMOCRATS:
Don’t use your Government-owned Computer for Politicking, on government time, post what you are going to do on DAILY KOS, and get caught!!!
Sounds like he's one of the reasons we need closer scrutiny of government spending.
This guy made some fast friends.
I don't get it. What's in it for someone to resign rather than be fired?
>>>Others though... leave a trail on the net you can see from space...<<<
My strategy is a little different from yours. I assume that someday someone will be able to see everything I post, anywhere, no matter what pseudonyms I use. Therefore, I go out of my way to make sure that my comments can’t be seen as obscene, overly rude, or racist. The Internet is a lot like the road in front of my house. Every time I use the Internet, I’m standing in the middle of the road. Most of time, where I live, nobody sees me, but that doesn’t mean that nobody can if they want to.
Anything really private is written on paper and put on the bookshelf.
As far as this teacher goes... what an embarressment to the profession.
> Free speech to a liberal means shouting the person down.
And putting words in his mouth.
These are Bolsheviks. They are all about theater.
The Russian work Bolshevik means majority. They called their opposition Menshevik, which means minority. This, in spite of the opposite being true.
Just like the Soviets, descendents of the Bolsheviks, naming their major news outlets Pravda, which means Truth, and Isvestia, which means The News.
The Russian proletariat had a saying about their two major news outlets.
Translated from the Russian, and using Pravda and Isvestia in the pun, it was, “In the News there is no Truth, and in the Truth there is no News.”
Probably is a NAMBLA member in good standing and that is what got him the gate.