Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Susan Castillo

Occupation: Superintendent of Public Instruction

Occupational Background: State Senator, 1997-2002; Journalist at KVAL-TV Eugene, 1982-1997; Oregon Public Radio, 1979-1982

Educational Background: Oregon State University, B.A. Communications

Prior Governmental Experience: Chief State School Officers Council; Education Commission of the States; Oregon Commission on Children and Families; State Senator, 1997-2001: Vice Chair Senate Education Committee, Assistant Democratic Leader, Health and Human Services Committee, Governor's Advisory Committee DUII, Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Advisory Committee on Agricultural Labor, Senate Transportation and Revenue Committees

Community Service: Birth to Three; National Task Force Early Childhood Education for Hispanics; Kids on the Block; Straub Environmental Center Advisory Committee, American Leadership Forum Fellow

Susan Castillo
Focused Leadership


  • Improving literacy in middle and high schools
  • Expanding partnerships between schools, families, communities, and civic leaders
  • Boosting Advanced Placement and supporting Talented and Gifted, and International Baccalaureate programs so that all children can meet their full potential


  • National leader in the improvement of "No Child Left Behind" federal law-gaining needed flexibility
  • Preparing children for success in school with quality Pre-K and more full-day kindergarten
  • Implementation of Anti-Bullying legislation for safer schools


  • Restructured the Department of Education
  • Initiated audits to ensure school dollars are being well spent
  • Creating more transparency in school budgets

Endorsed by Those We Trust
Susan Castillo has won enthusiastic, statewide and bi-partisan support.

Oregon Business Association; American Federation of Teachers- Oregon; Oregon School Employees Association; Oregon AFSCME Council 75; Kevin McCann, Oregon School Boards Association; Oregon Nurses Association; Oregon AFL-CIO

Senator Ron Wyden; Attorney General of Oregon, Hardy Myers; Former Governor John Kitzhaber; State Treasurer Randall Edwards; Former Rep. Vic Backlund; Governor Barbara Roberts; Senate President Peter Courtney; Representative Tom Butler; House Democratic Leader Jeff Merkley; Representative Bob Jenson; Senator Alan Bates; Representative Larry Galizio; Sen. Avel Louise Gordly; Jeannette K. Hamby; Senator Richard Devlin; Susan Massey

Susan Castillo Supports Stable and Adequate Funding for Our Schools.


(This information furnished by Susan Castillo for Superintendent of Public Instruction.)

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