Oregon Governor Names Chief Education Officer
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber chose Rudy Crew, former schools chief in Miami, New York City and Sacramento, for the state's top education job. The Oregon Education Investment Board is scheduled to approve his selection on Thursday.
Take a look at the articles below that discuss some of Crew's work in Miami and New York.
Career & Background Information
University of Southern California (biography)
Revolution K-12 (biography)
Oregon Education Investment Board Created
Last session, Senate Bill 909 created the Oregon Education Investment Board. Stand for Children supported this legislation because we supported these goals:
- Creating a more streamlined education system, birth to college,
- Creating a more stable and adequate education funding base and making targeted investments in the programs that make the most difference for students and
- Strengthening a statewide support system for educators and districts to set and reach student learning goals.
The board proposed two key pieces of legislation for the 2012 Oregon Legislature and state leaders approved both bills.
House bill 4165 includes a plan to better coordinate the agencies that provide early childhood services and requires schools to measure and report on the readiness of all kindergartners by fall 2013.
Senate Bill 1581 creates Achievement Compacts between the state and local school districts and helps Oregon’s education leaders create a more coordinated system from birth to college. Why does this legislation matter?
- SB 1581 will help us move beyond No Child Left Behind and put our resources where they will best support teaching and learning in our schools.
- The legislation is the next step towards building a unified and coordinated system of education from pre-school to college and career-readiness.
- Achievement compacts will inform budget and program decisions at the local level. They also will showcase best practices and highlight where schools need support serving kids.
- Without a common focus on achievement at the state and local level, we will continue to lag other states in the effort to improve student success.
Learn more about SB 1581 and Achievement Compacts:
2012 Legislative Agenda, Oregon Stand
Why support SB 1581, Oregon Stand
Achievement Compacts Q&A, Office of the Governor
Why do we need SB 1581, Office of the Governor
Fact sheet on SB 1581 and HB 4165, Office of the Governor
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