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"Newspapers sit in on the benefits
given them by the Chicago board of
education through land leases on
school land with rentals lower than
"Benefits which of right ought to
go to school children -an.d teachers
are appropriated by the trickery of
"When newspapers like the Trjbune
and the News participate in proceeds
t which by all justice should go to our
children, we enter our protest."
This was the statement of John
Fitzpatrick, president Chicago Fed
eration of Labor. He said the mass
- meeting was called because the peo
ple of Chicago have not been able to
H H get the truth through their newspa
Margaret Haley, business agent of
'the Teachers' Federation, then told
her story. She called names and
dates. She read documents and rec
ords. She pointed an accusing finger
at these men and their connections:
Myer J. Stein, whose letter now in
the state's attorney's hands shows
that he got plenty of money from un
known persons, this money to be ped
dled among senate committee mem
bers for "expenses."
Jacob M. Loeb, school board mem
ber who led the attack on the Teach
ers' Federation. Loeb quoted senate
committee testimony in hitting at the
federation in a way to indicate he
and the school board majority were
with the senate committee to wreck
the teachers' union.
Wm. Rothman, who seconded
Loeb's move and played in with the
.''senate committee frame-up.
Lewis Larsen, secretary of the
.board of education, who refuses now
to show his books and money ac
counts, and who in the past has. re-fused
to let a city council committee
.or a committee from the Teachers'
.Federation look at the bookkeeping
of school money.
Donald Merrill, attorney for State
street school land leaseholders, an
opponent of the Teachers' Federation i
whom Jacob Loeb tried to get placed
as a witness against the federation
before the senate committee.
Behind these men are interests
which would profit if the Teachers'
Federation could be squelched. Miss
Haley lined out these facts to show
from where wires may be pulled:
Tax amendment urged by Illinois
Tax ass'n, corporations and tax dodg
ers was fought by the federation in
the last legislature. Miss Haley was
approached by Lewis Larsen for a
trade. He said if teachers would back
tax amendment the Juul law amend
ment assuring teachers of pay raises
would pass. Teachers refused to play
the game of the taxdodgers and
fought and are now fighting the tax
amendment which goes to referen
dum at next general election.
Recent appraisal of school land"
called "legal fraud" by Angus Roy
Shannon, attorney for school board,
who showed city will lose $61,530.39
a year if Big Biz can get courts to
0. K. the Holdom-Straus-Winston ap
praisal fought by Teachers' Federa
tion. Cooley bill to turn Illinois schools
over to the Illinois Manufacturers'
ass'n defeated by fierce three-year
campaign of agitation by teachers.
She told how an iron-clad secrecy
is around the records of the board of
education. All attempts to get the
board or Sec'y Larsen to loosen up
and show how they keep books have
"It is absolutely impossible to learn
anything definite about finances of
the board from the one man who
knows about board business," she
"Sec'y Larsen appropriates $100,
000 a year for an item which does not
cost the city a cent. I refer to the
item of pay for substitute teachers.
Substitutes are an asset The board
of education actually takes more
money off teachers' salaries than the
amount appropriated to pay substi
tutes. "From $100,000 to $280,000 a year