Oregon's Schools Chief To Step Down

Originally published on June 4, 2012 2:15 pm

Oregon's elected state schools superintendent is stepping down. Superintendent of Pubic Instruction Susan Castillo announced Monday that she'll leave her office by the end of this month to take a job in the private sector.

Castillo is a former Democratic state lawmaker who's in her third term as superintendent. Her current term doesn't end until 2015, but she definitely wouldn't have been reelected. That's because Oregon lawmakers decided last year to do away with the office of state school superintendent. They chose instead to give more oversight to the governor. Last week, Governor John Kitzhaber selected veteran school administrator Rudy Crew to shepherd the governor's education agenda.

Kitzhaber issued a statement calling Castillo a "dedicated public servant who has always kept children and students at the forefront." The governor added that he'll consult with Crew about serving as interim superintendent beginning July 1.

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