Done deal: Huberman to replace Duncan at CPS
(This is Saturday's and Sunday's updated post bumped to today with the latest info and a new head. This way we keep the thoughtful comments in one place.)
So now Crain's, the Sun-Times and the Tribune are all reporting: It's a done deal. Daley has found his schools superintendent in Huberman -- the same guy he's turned to before to take other tough jobs in monolithic city organizations.
Over the last three-plus days since this post first went up, you folks have made some thoughtful comments on this subject, so there's not much more new for me to say. Let me just recap some of your salient points.
- Ron was getting some good stuff done in the 21 months he led the CTA. I don't like that he can't stay and complete the job. It causes problems when you don't have continuity. It would have been good to see him finish big his initiatives, such as improvements in rider communications and performance management.
- Starting over again at the CTA after only two years is a step backward for Chicago.
- Ron once described the CTA as the most difficult job he'd had to date, even harder than working as Daley's Chief of Staff. Wait til he sees the mess that is CPS.
- That sucks. It really shows how Daley prioritizes the CTA. A holding pen for rising stars like Huberman, or a dumping ground for falling ones, like Kruesi.
The Sun-Times story notes that there will be a huge power vacuum at the top of CTA management with Huberman's departure, and CTA Board President Carole Brown's attempts to get a job in Barack's administration.
Good God, y'all.
From Saturday (Jan. 24) and Sunday (Jan. 25) posts:
UPDATE: Daley himself confirms that he has talked about the superintentent job with Huberman.
Mayor Daley is considering naming CTA President Ron Huberman as the new Chicago Public Schools superintendent, according to Chicago Tribune sources. Ron has no comment.
The schools top job opened up when President Barack Obama named Arne Duncan his Education Secretary. While Duncan once was criticized for not having a rich enough schools background (since he was never a teacher), he certainly had more school experience than Huberman does.
Duncan's educational background (per MK's request, from Wikipedia):
Duncan has extensive experience in educational policy and management, but has not been a teacher. In 1992, Duncan became director of the Ariel Education Initiative, a program to enhance educational opportunities for children on Chicago's South Side that was started by John W. Rogers, Jr., and in 1998 he joined the Chicago Public Schools. He became Deputy Chief of Staff for former Schools CEO Paul Vallas in 1999. In 1996, along with Rogers, he was part of a network that funded and supported Ariel Community Academy.
Ron has no educational experience.
While I don't necessarily think the CTA president must have transit experience like some around here do, I do believe schools management experience is crucial for a schools superintendent.
Daley reportedly has considered 150 folks for the job. We'll just have to see who gets the nod -- reportedly to come next week.