According to OregonLive.com reports that in May 2012, Governor John Kitzhaber created a new position as “Oregon Chief of Education” with the focus to improve coordination among disparate elements of the education system. Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Rudy Crew as the new Oregon Chief of Education with a salary of $280,000 a year. The proposition and goal for his position was to obtain $150 million from lawmakers to launch what he called “his four strategies initiatives” that would showcase his ability to get dramatic, better results for Oregon students.
In July of 2013 Rudy Crew submitted his letter of resignation. Within one year of this position as Chief of Education, many have questioned his work ethic and how his time was spent during this position. Rudy Crew reported frequent travels to so-called attending “conferences” and give “classes” to cities such as Washington D.C., San Francisco and Southern California, but there were questionable actions that did not fit with his job description.
After a year, did Crew do absolutely nothing for the education of students in Oregon? Or is there more to this picture? Do a little research (Google!) on your own and post here to let us know what you find out about both the strengths and weaknesses in Crew’s work in the last year. Let’s create a complete picture and then discuss whether or not we feel his work contributed to educational equity here!