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Gay Chicago Schools Chief Ron Huberman to Step Down

The Chicago Tribune reports on the departure of gay Chicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman:

Huberman Despite an ambitious agenda, Huberman will leave the $230,000-a-year job before many of his signature initiatives — including a $40 million anti-violence project — are fully realized.

Mayoral spokeswoman Jodi Kawada said Daley will announce a replacement for Huberman before the superintendent's last day.

Kawada said the mayor did not press Huberman to move up his resignation date. "Ron expressed to the mayor his desire not to work for another administration, and they discussed an appropriate time for Ron to step down."

Huberman did not return a call seeking comment. But in an e-mail Wednesday to district employees, he said he informed the mayor last week of his resignation. He also thanked teachers and administrators for their work, and said no job had been "more fulfilling" in his 16 years of public service.

The Sun-Times adds: "A CPS news release said Wednesday that Huberman, 38, 'wants to spend more time with his family before beginning a new career endeavor.' Huberman and his partner, Darren DeJong, are raising a son, Aiden DeJong Huberman, born in July 2009."

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  1. the people i know who are chicago public schools teachers are thrilled that he is leaving. i think they see him as just a daley operative, not a professional educator.

    Posted by: james | Nov 5, 2010 10:22:21 AM

  2. Gay or straight, Huberman is perceived by many as a hack. He demanded that teachers take a pay cut while he gave himself a raise.

    Posted by: John | Nov 5, 2010 11:27:46 AM

  3. How shallow of me is it to note that this guy is smokin' hot?

    Posted by: Texas Mike | Nov 5, 2010 11:28:20 AM

  4. We're all deeply shallow in here Texas Mike.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 5, 2010 11:46:14 AM

  5. He's even hotter in person...

    Can't really speak to how successful he was at CPS, but I do miss him at the CTA. There was a noticeable improvement in service while he was there that has gradually been eroding since he left.

    Posted by: Nick | Nov 5, 2010 11:50:49 AM

  6. Let's get the facts straight guys, the man did not give himself a raise. Some teachers did not like him because he was asking them to do their jobs, to educate children. The unions did not like him because he did not care about tenure, but the quality of the teachers in the classroom. The man was not a hack, but a brilliant administrator in a very tough job. He closed a $1 Billion budget deficit, tough decisions had to be made to do that. The Chicago Public Schools don't need a professional educator, they need a tough and disciplined manager. He will be missed.

    Posted by: ChicagoMike | Nov 5, 2010 12:01:09 PM

  7. @Nick

    Agreed on Huberman at the CTA, now the Red Line is back to being the 24/7 dusty trashy mess that it used to be.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Nov 5, 2010 12:01:25 PM

  8. Better to leave on his own terms and on his own timetable than to wait and have Mayor Emmanuel mail him a fish....or worse.

    Posted by: Ted B. | Nov 5, 2010 1:40:14 PM

  9. Oh yeah, it's just so easy and natural really to move from public transit to education and be excellent at both! GET REAL--Huberman is just another political appointee hack collecting big fat paychecks. Chicago spoil politics as usual.

    Posted by: Chicagoan | Nov 5, 2010 1:42:47 PM

  10. I'd like to a vid with him to entertain the IDF boyz :-)

    Posted by: Tony Buff | Nov 5, 2010 2:47:21 PM

  11. I had a nice lunch with him once. Organized, motivated, very driven, but serious as a heart attack. And while he may not be a lighthearted individual, he is a brilliant manager. His great talent is for cutting through Chicago baloney which is how he was able to force a totally inert state to properly fund public transportation. I only wish he were back at CTA, because there was so much yet to do.

    And i can tell you he looks amazing with his shirt off. He was training for the AIDS marathon, always shirtless, and I saw him week after week.

    I hope someday he will direct his talent more toward gay rights. He could be our Martin Luther King. (And Taylor Lautner.)

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 6, 2010 7:52:24 AM

  12. I agree with Texas Mike and David E, he is super hotttttttttttt

    Posted by: Jay | Nov 6, 2010 10:24:08 AM

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