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."
In his brief tenure in charge of the nation's third-largest school district, Huberman has faced sweeping problems, from a massive budget crunch to highly publicized street violence that continues to claim the lives of Chicago students. A former police officer with a master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago, Huberman approached these problems analytically, harnessing reams of data to evaluate teacher performance and to attempt to predict which students are most likely to be victims of violence.
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.
Despite closing a billion dollar deficit, Huberman's data-driven management style was criticized by teachers and educators. LGBT youth activists and some openly gay and lesbian high school students also criticized the openly gay schools chief for failing to address anti-gay bullying and harassment.
"A CPS news release said Wednesday that Huberman, 38, 'wants to spend more time with his family before beginning a new career endeavor'," adds the Sun-Times. "Huberman and his partner, Darren DeJong, are raising a son, Aiden DeJong Huberman, born in July 2009."