Sunday, January 25, 2009

Huberman on the way to CPS?

Seen first on the CTA Tattler. Apparently there is confirmation that Daley has talked to current CTA President Ron Huberman on taking over for Arne Duncan at the Chicago Public Schools.
Mayor Richard Daley on Saturday acknowledged he has spoken with CTA President Ron Huberman about succeeding Arne Duncan as public schools chief, but Daley declined to say if he has offered the post to Huberman, Daley's onetime chief of staff.

"There are a number of people I've talked to in regards to the superintendent of the public schools," Daley said at news conference after speaking at a store grand opening on the Southwest Side. "I've interviewed many people. I've talked to people and I've listened to their comments. I've asked them for their suggestions, their ideas, about the management and what we can do differently."

Sources familiar with the selection process told the Tribune on Friday that Daley is considering Huberman to succeed Duncan, who became U.S. education secretary Wednesday.

Huberman has declined to comment. Like Duncan, Huberman does not have a teaching background. He became Chicago Transit Authority president in 2007 after heading the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications and working in the Police Department.

In addition to Huberman, Daley has confirmed that he is considering Barbara Eason-Watkins, the schools' chief education officer, to be school superintendent. Daley could make his selection as early as this week.

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