Hube sticking it out *for now*
I guess I’m still naive about politics to have realized the possibility that Huberman (CPS CEO) might bail with Mayor Daley leaving. And it sounds like he is certainly considering a move down the road (or maybe a new mayor would replace him?) But it’s nice to hear that Hubey is at least committed to the short term to see out some of the changes he’s made in CPS.
I learned recently on NPN that he and his partner have a young child, which certainly warmed me to him a bit. There was also an interesting discussion on NPN as to whether public officials should send their kids to public school as a symbolic gesture. Arne Duncan was one of the few Chicago politicians who sent his kids to public school (his neighborhood school was Ray, which I think is well-regarded. I also know that in K, the parents raised money for an aide for the class .)
Many politicians use religion as their rationale for sending their kids to private, but lets face it – most are acting in their own self-interests in doing so. The debate on NPN was whether it makes sense to go for the best education you can for your kids (I mean most wealthy people in the city still choose private school, no?) or whether to “make a statement.” Which comes first – parent or politician role?
Obama even admitted he wasn’t quite ready for public ed for his girls:
During a recent “Today” show interview about education, President Obama was asked if his daughters — who currently attend the elite, $31,000-per-year Washington private school Sidwell Friends — could get a comparably “high quality, rigorous education in a D.C. public school.” The president was direct: “I’ll be blunt with you,” he said. “The answer’s no right now. The D.C. public school systems are struggling.” Does Obama’s answer undermine his commitment to public-school reform?
I’d like to see a record of how politicians vote for education funding and whether their kids go to public/private school. Would be interesting…