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HOW JAKE LOEB USED STRONG-
ARM ON SCHOOL BOARD
Jake Loeb, president of the school
board, managed to throw the public
school system to the mercy of spoils
politicians yesterday. But he's not
going to get away with it ft the citi
zens of Chicago have their say.
After Loeb, by use of the gavel
rule, managed to have the "merito
rious service" clause stricken from
the rules of the board of education,
Miss Mary McDowell called a session
of the citizens' committee. It was
then decided to hald a mass meeting
of protest at the Auditorium theater
at 1:30 Saturday afternoon.
To this meeting will be invited
parents whose children are bound to
suffer through the introduction of
Loeb s pull system, civic workers
and labor leaders.
Under the old system teachers re
tained their jobs only on their effi
ciency record. Under Loeb's new rule
their position depends on their pull
with the powers that be. If Loeb does
not like a teacher he can fire her
summarily. By his rule it is possi
ble to use teachers m political cam
paigns, and unless they "come
across" they can be let out Loeb's
rule offers them no recourse.
The rule will be also used against
members of the Cfiicago Teachers
Federation, who have been making
such a splendid fight for the integrity
of the public school system. It is ex
pected that Jake Loeb will immedi
ately seek vengeance on them. This
action is expected to be taken at the
election of school teachers for the
coming term, which takes place be
fore the ffcll board next Wednesday.
I. T. Greenacre, attorney for the
federation, says he will mark time
until Loeb plays his next card. If the
action" of the school board is in any
way a violation of the injunction re
straining the board from interfering
with the federation, legal steps will
All efforts on the part of Max Loeb.
vrho led the fight arains-t Jake Loeb.
to have prominent citizens, such as
Mary McDowell, take the floor on be
half of the teachers were turned
down by Jake Loeb.
He refused permission to any one
who wished the continuance of the
merit rule and brought his gavel into
play in order to stiflle opposition.
Mrs. John McMahon managed to
s'ay: "I am absolutely in terror for
those teachers who have incurred
the enmity of the present school (
board. All teachers will be in terror."
Max Loeb then asked that Sup't of
Schools Shoop be given a fair chance
to express his opinion of Jake Loeb's
action. Doc Clemenson, one of Jake
Loeb's henchmen, argued against
this on the grounds that Shoop was
only a paid employe. Loeb upheld
him. .What Loeb and his henchmen
said was law.
Those who voted for Jake Loeb's
wallop at the school system were:
Mrs. Florence Vosbrink, John W.
Eckhart, Mrs. C. 0. Sethness, Mrs.
F. E. Thornton, E. J. Piggott, Jake
Loeb, Doc Clemenson, J. A. Holpuch,
E. J. Kruetgen, H. W. Huehl and
Those who wanted the merit rule
to remain in force were: Max Loeb,
Ralph C. Otis, Mrs. J. McMahon, M.
J. Collins, Mrs. W. Gallagher and
C. S. Peterson, Otto Warning and
Harry Lipsky were not present
In addition to Mary McDowell,
those who signed the call for Satur
day's mass meeting were: Jane Ad-
dams, Geo. H. Mead, Frank M. Leav
itt, Mrs. Wm. S. Heffernan, Margaret
D. Robins, Thos. J. Lynch, Rob't M.
Buck, John C. Kennedy, Victor 0.
Olander, Mrs. Geo. Bass, Chas. H.
Sergei, Charles E. Merriam, Mrs.
Henry Solomon, Mrs. Jos. T. Bowen,
John Fitzpatrick, Grace "Wilbur
Trout, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Wiley E.
Mills, J. Paul Goode, Frederick A.
Moore, D. D., Sophonisba Brecken-
ridge, R, E. Blackwood, Mrs. Dunlap
Smith, A. A. McCormick and Mrs.