While national news outlets are picking up the hue and cry of Republican efforts to keep women down, one needs to give an hat tip to our Democrat Governor, Teh Kitz. Susan Castillo has been over her head--drowning--since taking office. In a brilliant move, the Governor decided to create a non-Constitutional office to replace her.Chief Education Officer.
Imagine the Attorney General's response, if the Governor appointed a Real Guy In Charge of Law in some state position. Fortunately, he doesn't have to do this at State Forestry, since the current guy is Man Who Hugs Trees and Governor's Butt.
That the Governor hired a man to displace--without Constitutional authority--the state's chief education officer because she was a woman, puts him on my team in the Republican War Against Women. Now we don't have to worry about wage disparity. The Governor put the coyote on her. She's gone.
I remember Kitz' press release:
“'Dr. Crew is the right leader at the right time for Oregon,” said
Governor Kitzhaber. “We’re at a critical moment, and Dr. Crew has the
experience, the national reputation for innovation, and the courage for
change to deliver better results for students.'
“'Oregon is well-positioned to boost achievement for ALL students,” said
Dr. Crew. “But we must not shy away from the difficult work and change
necessary to ensure children are ready to learn when they enter
kindergarten and many more are graduating from high school and prepared
for post-secondary education and training. I can’t wait to get started.'”
"The Chief Education Officer was created by legislation passed in 2011
as part of a package of education reforms meant to ensure that by 2025,
all Oregon students will graduate from high school, 40 percent will get
at least two years of post-secondary education or training and another
40 percent will earn a bachelor’s degree or higher. For the first time
in Oregon, funding and governance is aligned for the entire continuum of
public education, from pre-K to college and careers.'" (See here, .pdf.)
I loved getting the Superintendent's last e-mail, letting me know that she would be traveling, again. From her office's last press release:
"Week of May 7 – Superintendent Susan
Castillo traveled back from Beijing, China. The Chinese Ministry of
Education invited and hosted a small group of education leaders from the
United States to participate in the 3rd Annual US-China Consultation on
People-to-People Exchange in Beijing. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong, the highest-ranking
woman in the Chinese government, co-chaired this event purposed with
engaging state education leaders with provincial education leaders in
order to form new or strengthen existing partnerships in the areas of
K12 education. This year’s education focus was on standards; quality,
including teacher quality; and equity. While visiting Beijing, Susan met
with high ranking officials from the Confucius Institute, also known as
Hanban. The Oregon Department of Education has a Memorandum of
Understanding with Hanban confirming a partnership to provide teacher
training programs, educational materials, and support through various
other resources. Susan also spoke on an education panel at the 2012
China Overseas Studies Forum that was hosted by the Tencent QQ – a
social network based in China with approximately half a billion users.
"Week of May 14
– The Superintendent traveled to Pendleton to visit Washington
Elementary School, a 2012 Celebrating Student Success Champion; met with
local educators for a listening session and to share updates on
education reform; and met with Les Minthorn, Chairman of the
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Susan also
participated in the State Board of Education meeting.
"Week of May 21
– Susan will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio for the Collaborating to
Transform the Teaching Profession Conference with a team from Oregon
consisting of: Hanna Vaandering and Lindsey Capps of OEA, Betsy
Miller-Jones of OSBA and Chuck Bennett from COSA. This conference is
focused on highlighting innovative approaches – at both the State and
district levels – to improving student achievement by dramatically
increasing the stature of the teaching profession and the number of
highly effective teachers in our nation’s schools."
I'm glad she had a chance to travel. She was a total waste of time. I don't know if you ever knew Verne Duncan, and chances are, you heard--if you heard--things that may have alarmed you. Me? He was like a Jesuit priest. Teach. Demand learning. Make them think. Your job, as a teacher, is to challenge your students, not to ease the way. Susan Castillo? Well, she worked in T.V. for a while, and she had an Hispanic surname.
Oregon is doing fine, if you're asking. Just a travel tour of blind men, driving the State's Ferrari.