Educators Praise Kitzhaber's Selection For Ed Role

May 31, 2012

A state panel will vote Thursday on Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s choice to oversee a dramatic shift in the way the state runs public education. The governor selected Rudy Crew after a nationwide search. Crew is the former head of public school districts in New York, Miami, Tacoma and elsewhere. The head of Oregon's largest teacher's union thinks it's a good choice.

Gail Rasmussen is President of the Oregon Education Association. She says she's not concerned by the fact that Crew has been dismissed from several leadership positions after clashing with local school officials.

Rasmussen: "He has a track record of real collaboration and success with public educators and has worked very hard. I believe his passion is to ensure the success of every student."

Crew would make $280,000 a year in his role. That's more than twice as much as the governor.

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