by Ben Joravsky
I just finished reading Chicago magazine's ode to Ron Huberman. The gist of the story is that he's a miracle worker sent in by Mayor Daley to rescue the public schools. Lucky us.
It seems to me that mayors named Daley have always been bringing in miracle workers to rescue the public schools. By my count, this particular Mayor Daley has rescued the public schools at least three other times: 1989, 1995, and 2001.
This time around he's bringing in Huberman to rescue the system from Arne Duncan, who was brought in to rescue it from Paul Vallas and Gery Chico, who were brought in to rescue it from—oh hell, even I can't remember.
Apparently, the schools need rescuing now more than ever. "What Huberman is walking into is a mess," reads a quote from the story. (Don't tell President Obama—he hired Duncan to rescue the Department of Education.)
Curiously, another quote calls Mayor Daley a "great judge of talent."
I guess he's had a lot of experience. He's got to keep bringing in new talent to rescue the schools from the old talent he sent in to rescue the schools.
Maybe he'll do a better job picking talent to run the Olympics.