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ERIC Number: EJ875797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Pursuing Peace in Chicago
Schachter, Ron
District Administration, v46 n2 p27-30 Feb 2010
He's patrolled the streets of Chicago, kept the local trains running on time and become a player in the highest echelons of City Hall. But at age 38, Ron Huberman--born in Israel and raised just outside of Chicago--is facing his most formidable challenge. The new Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO, who took over from Arne Duncan after President Obama tapped Duncan to lead the U.S. Department of Education, has spent his first year on the $225,000-a-year job addressing a daunting landscape of inner-city violence that students can encounter simply by walking to school. Huberman is the third CEO appointed by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley since he took over CPS--the country's third-largest school district--in 1995. The first was Paul Vallas, who is best known for rebuilding the sprawling school system's physical infrastructure. Duncan's legacy includes Renaissance 2010, a project he designed with Daley to replace 100 low-performing schools by this year with newly constituted "turnaround" schools and a large number of brand-new charters. Huberman prepped for his seven-year run, starting in 2001, by serving as Vallas' chief of staff. Now it's Huberman's turn to lead the district's more than 400,000 students and 23,000 teachers. At CPS, Huberman hit the ground running with a flurry of initiatives, none so urgent and nationally publicized as his extensive plan for school security and student safety, which will use $30 million in federal stimulus funds over the next three years and draws heavily on the new CEO's background. Beyond security, Huberman also points to other initiatives that he's laid out during his first 18 months on the job, most of them driven by the data on which he depends. His five major initiatives are: (1) student safety; (2) performance management; (3) decentralizing resources; (4) human capital; and (5) portfolio management.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois