Rudy Crew, Oregon’s education czar, has found another way to fail Oregon students. He’s failed to show commitment to his job to transform Oregon’s public education. His arrogant excuses are pure gamesmanship.
Crew made a promise to Gov. John Kitzhaber that he’d stay in his job for three years through 2015. Now we learn from The Oregonian that Crew is one of three finalists to become president of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
“I have no desire to leave. There is still a heck of a lot of this agenda to be done here,” Crew said.
If he has no desire to leave, how did he end up as a finalist? Did the college just make him a finalist?
No, Crew applied for the job.
So how does he square that with, “I have no desire to leave”?
He explains that “it’s not something I sought.” The chancellor of that university system asked him to apply.
He adds that “it’s not my intent to leave.”
Crew must believe Oregonians are stupid to try to sell us such excuses.
It’s so bad it’s too bad the people who hired him didn’t see this coming.
But the Oregon Education Investment Board should have. He’s done it before.
“I really feel an obligation to getting on with business here,” he told The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., in 1995. “I don’t think you can do it and walk away from it in two years. I’ve really opted to see this one through.”
That’s what he said just before he dumped that job for a job in New York City. Sound familiar?
Later, when he took the Oregon job, he wanted to continue as an adviser to a California company that offers test-prep services. He was also going to advise another California company that does grading. And he wanted to take on a teaching job at one of Oregon’s colleges.
It was just too much to ask for him to focus on the job Oregon was hiring him for and paying him $280,000 a year.
Crew does have education reform skills. For Oregon’s sake, we hope he takes them to Brooklyn. For Brooklyn’s sake, we hope it won’t be another short stop followed by a new round of old excuses.