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This is the first appointed K-12 chief by the Oregon Senate

The Oregon Senate appointed Rob Saxton as the state’s first K-12 chief. Saxton was confirmed as deputy superintendent of public instruction. He will join a new educational leadership team, which includes Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rudy Crew, Oregon’s chief education officer.by: SUBMITTED - Rob Saxton

These leaders are tasked with redesigning Oregon’s education system from birth to higher education to better support children and produce strong education outcomes.

“I have never known such an exciting time to be involved in education, and I am deeply honored to serve,” Saxton said. “The task before us is large, but when we succeed, the education outcomes for Oregon students will be improved, lives will be changed, and we will have set an example for the nation.”

Saxton has already laid out an ambitious agenda, including reorganizing the work of the Oregon Department of Education, helping turn around low-achieving schools, supporting implementation of the Common Core State Standards, closing achievement gap and equity issues, providing better services for English language learners and more.

“Rob Saxton has proven time-and-time-again that he can deliver real results,” Kitzhaber said. “His on-the-ground experience and excellent track record in the Tigard-Tualatin School District will help us achieve better outcomes for all of Oregon’s students.”

Saxton comes to the ODE after decades working in Oregon schools and districts. For the past seven years, he served as the superintendent of the Tigard-Tualatin School District, which has been recognized as a state leader in success with student outcomes in reading, math, science and graduation rates.

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