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Oregon Schools Superintendent To Step Down, Join Non-Profit

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s elected state schools superintendent is leaving her job. Susan Castillo announced Monday that she’ll step down by the end of this month to work for an education non-profit.

Castillo is a former Democratic state lawmaker who’s in her third term as Superintendent of Public Instruction. Her current term doesn’t end until 2015, but she had no chance of winning re-election.

Oregon lawmakers decided last year to do away with the office of state school superintendent. They chose instead to give the governor more direct authority over schools.

Castillo says she supports Governor John Kitzhaber’s new chief education officer Rudy Crew. But she also says she recognizes it’s a time of transition for Oregon schools.

“I have to tell you, I was not looking,” Castillo says. “I was planning to serve out my term. And these people were looking across the country at building their team. And they learned about me, and got in touch with me.”

Castillo will become a regional vice president for a national non-profit called “Project Lead The Way.” The group advocates for more teaching of science and math in schools.

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