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Former Miami-Dade schools chief under scrutiny. Again.


CrewControversy seems to follow former Miami-Dade Superintendent Rudy Crew.

Earlier this month, Crew left his job as Oregon's chief education officer to become the president of Medgar Evers College in New York.

But he didn't go quietly.

On Tuesday, The Oregonian reported that Crew had "billed the state for thousands of dollars of personal travel expenses, took six weeks of paid vacation and tried to get the state to pay for perks such as first-class plane tickets."

The newspaper found that several of Crew's trips had no benefit to Oregon, including "a daylong visit to Santa Fe schools to honor a former colleague there (cost to taxpayers: $1,118) and a quick visit to Los Angeles to teach a four-hour course at the University of Southern California, his former employer (for which taxpayers paid $552)".

Crew, who was making $280,000 a year, did not return calls from The Oregonian, according to the report.

Crew served as Miami-Dade's superintendent from 2004 until 2008. During that time, he was credited with creating the district's Parent Academy, and improving performance at several struggling inner-city schools through his School Improvement Zone initiative.

But Crew had a tempestuous relationship with the Miami-Dade School Board and faced questions about his handling of the district's then $5.5 billion budget. The board ultimately voted to buy out his contract for $368,000.

In his former job as New York City schools chief, Crew famously clashed with then Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Read the story in The Oregonian here.

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