Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New CEO of Chicago Schools

Obama took Arnie Duncan, the head of the Chicago School District, with him to Washington DC. While I can't say educators in Chicago will miss Duncan for anything other than his good looks they are concerned about his replacement.

Mayor Daley wants to push in a new boss...Huberman. Why does that name seem familiar? Ron Huberman is our fearless CTA President (pictured to the right of Daley).

Huberman’s only exposure to education came during his two years serving as the mayor’s chief of staff.

“Ron is a fantastic manager who has proven his ability in many different jobs,” said Daley, in a question-and-answer session with reporters after Huberman’s introduction.

At the financially-troubled CTA, Huberman cut waste, improved on-time performance, reduced dreaded “bus bunching” and cut down on maintenance problems. As the mayor’s chief of staff, Huberman oversaw 49 departments, 39,000 employees and an annual budget of nearly $6 billion. He also ran the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Ron went to my alma mater, UW-Madison for undergrad. He moved to Chicago, became A COP and then went to grad school, getting an impressive business degree from U of Chicago. Aren't all Chicago Cops Racist? Is running a school system really the same as running a bus company?


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