Kate Brown's interim chief education officer is now permanent Betsy Hammond Oregonian Mar 8 2016
Hanna Vaandering, the elementary PE teacher from Beaverton (who once betrayed teachers to help BSD lawyers cover up for a layer of crooked administrators there*), rose in the union ranks while working for Yvonne "Kickback" Katz, disgraced former BSD superintendent. Vaandering's endorsement of a non-teaching lobbyist to lead one of the nation's least effective school systems might be comical if readers were provided any real background information about these "education" leaders. Hammond provides two sentences of backstory that basically reveal that Capps is a lobbyist with a Georgetown degree who worked at the "teachers" union for seven years. Capps, like Vaandering, is in the education business as a political opportunist--only he has a degree from a good school back East. His qualifications are the seven years he spent working for an organization that steals from its members while funding bad policies and sheltering incompetent and malfeasant PERS millionaires.
One BIG problem with education in Oregon can be found in this appointment: Are there no teachers qualified to make education decisions here?
"While he's not an educator, he's a collaborator," is basically code for "We still don't know what we are doing, but it's more fun with Lindsey." Apparently Ms. Hammond is even pleased with Capps' appearance (see her comment below). Jeez. Is he easier on the eyes than (previous education czar) Rob Saxton, Betsy? Wonder where Capps will double-dip after this gig? (Remember that Saxon "retired" to take a part-time job at more than full-time pay as leader of the special education boondoggle known as the NWESD.)
The OEA is to education what Scientology is to religion. Capps is a bureaucratic insider who is now running Oregon's below-average schools (remember Susan Castillo?).
Sigh. Same old same old...Cue Ms. Vaandering: "Mo' money!" Perhaps Capps will think of more clever ways to beg.
Now, if only the OEA will pick out another lobbyist to be the Governor's new Education Innovation Director, then we will have solved all the problems we have experienced for decades with our secretive, unaccountable education bureaucracy.