06-21-2018  10:30 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

ICE office in Portland closed another day

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Portland has been closed for a second day because of a demonstration against Trump administration immigration policies.Agency spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell says people who had appointments scheduled for Thursday will...

Deputy fatally shoots person at campsite in Oregon forest

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Deschutes County sheriff says a deputy fatally shot someone while responding to a disturbance at a campsite southwest of Bend.Sheriff Shane Nelson said the shooting happened Wednesday evening in the Deschutes National Forest. He told KTVZ that two deputies performed CPR...

Suspect in shooting of SeaTac motel clerk arrested in Ohio

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say the suspect in the shooting death of a SeaTac motel clerk Friday has been arrested in Ohio.The King County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that a 26-year-old man was arrested in Dayton, Ohio in connection with the killing of the clerk at America's Best Value...

Canadian company ready to start process for silicon smelter

NEWPORT, Wash. (AP) — A Canadian company that wants to build a silicon smelter near the northeastern Washington town of Newport says it's ready to start the environmental review process.PacWest Silicon recently sent a letter to the state Department of Ecology, describing the 5 million...

OPINION

How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Park Service gives initial OK to 'Unite the Right' rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — An organizer of last year's deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia has been granted initial approval to host another rally in August, this time in the heart of the nation's capital.The National Park Service says it has approved an application for a "Unite the Right"...

Teens kept at Virginia center say they were cuffed, beaten

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley...

Intel CEO out after consensual relationship with employee

NEW YORK (AP) — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned after the company learned of what it called his consensual relationship with an employee.Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company's non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. The company did not...

ENTERTAINMENT

Netflix options story of soccer team that welcomed refugees

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The story of a group of Somali refugees who joined a largely white high school soccer team in Maine and helped lead it to the state championship could soon be on Netflix.The Portland Press Herald reports that Netflix has optioned the book "One Goal," which tells the...

Serena Williams: Young boys need domestic abuse education

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says the conversation about stopping domestic abuse shouldn't just center around women, but men as well.The tennis superstar says education about domestic abuse should start when men are young boys."I think expanding the conversation to men and expanding the...

Amy Schumer gets into the podcast game

NEW YORK (AP) — Amy Schumer is used to getting glammed up for red carpets, TV shows and movies, but for her new podcast, it was all about comfort."Never will a bra be worn," the Emmy-winning comedian, actress and author said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday."Amy Schumer...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock '69 concert field

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock...

Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, raised kittens and once playfully...

Sara Netanyahu not first leader's wife accused of corruption

Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli prime minister, has long been plagued by allegations of living a lavish...

The Latest: US warns Russia, Syria on cease-fire violations

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):8 p.m.The United States is warning...

OPEC enters meeting that could set direction of oil prices

Officials from major oil-producing nations are expected to agree this week to boost output, but just how much they...

Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

HAVANA (AP) — Minutes after a plane carrying 113 people crashed on takeoff from Havana airport, Cuban state...

The Skanner News


From left to right: CUNY Board of Trustees Vice Chairperson Philip Alfonso Berry, Dr. Rudolph Crew and Medgar Evers College Presidential Search Committee Chairperson and Trustee Valerie Lancaster Beal


Farewell Rudy Crew. The New York educator who came to Oregon a year ago to transform the state's education system is leaving, to head one of the colleges in City University of New York's system.

Crew will head the historically Black Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Hired by Gov. Kitzhaber as Oregon's chief education officer, Crew came on a three-year contract, with a salary of $280,000 a year. His mission included connecting up the education system from pre-school through college.

City of New York University system's Chancellor Matthew Goldstein recommended Dr. Crew after a national search. In a joint press release, CUNY Board of Trustees Chairperson Benno Schmidt and Chancellor Goldstein say:



"Dr. Crew has made it his life work to strengthen America's public education system during a 30-year career that has spanned classroom teaching and leadership of the nation's largest school districts. Since 2009 he has been a professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He is also president of the K-12 division of Revolution Prep, which seeks to use technology to improve math instruction and graduation rates in urban school districts. As Oregon's first chief education officer he was charged by Gov. John Kitzhaber with revamping public education, improving Oregon's high school graduation rate and refashioning public education from kindergarten through college into an integrated system.

 "Dr. Rudy Crew brings to Medgar Evers College an exemplary record of academic, administrative and governmental accomplishment, combined with classroom experience and a strong commitment to students. We are confident that, with his leadership, Medgar Evers College will achieve new levels of excellence for its dedicated students and faculty and strengthen its role with the community. The college was established in 1970 to honor the memory and ideals of the slain civil rights martyr and it is highly appropriate that it will be uplifted by a leader who is deeply committed to academic quality, equal access, and student success."

"Dr. Crew has stated that his mission is to "improve student achievement, especially for poor and minority students." To that end he worked closely with all stakeholders, first as New York City schools chancellor and later as superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, to place those cities' lowest-performing schools in virtual districts whose boundaries were defined by student need, not geography, and used research-based practices to accelerate the pace of student learning.

"Soon after being named Oregon's chief education officer in 2012, Dr. Crew ordered a third of the state's 197 school districts to rewrite their academic goals because they had failed to seek improvement of at least one percentage point in high school graduation rates and third-grade reading and math scores. He also called for boosting educational achievement for the bottom 40 percent of students through greater use of technology and learning outside of class time, after school and during the summer, along with teacher-developed skill-building classes pegged to individual student needs and delivered online.

"CUNY has invested more than $300 million in new and newly renovated campus facilities at Medgar Evers College in recent years, including a new $235 million, state-of-the-art academic building and a $22 million School of Business and student support services building. Meanwhile, the college has expanded its faculty, particularly in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), nursing, business, social work and library science.

"The newest faculty hires bring impressive academic and professional credentials to Medgar Evers College, along with research backgrounds in venues as varied as NASA, South Africa and Vietnam, and in disciplines as cutting-edge as stem cells, remote sensing of greenhouse gases and renewable and sustainable energy."

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