Oregon's state Superintendent Resigns, Leaving the Governor in Charge of Education

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Oregon's state schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced Monday that she'll be quitting at the end of the month to take a job at a national education nonprofit. Castillo's departure --2 1/2 years before her term ends -- eliminates a state elected office and gives Gov. John Kitzhaber unprecedented control over education in Oregon.

The governor will assume the additional job of "Superintendent of Public Instruction." A 2011 law eliminated the statewide elected school superintendent at the end of Castillo's current, third term or at her resignation.

The law is part of a major restructuring aimed at creating a more coordinated education system stretching from pre-kindergarten through graduate school, all under the direction of the governor and his new Oregon Education Investment Board.

Last week, Kitzhaber selected Rudy Crew, who has led school districts in New York, Miami, Sacramento and Tacoma, to become Oregon's first "chief education officer."

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