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leachers, whether they were members of the Federation
They ought to begin to realize that it wasn't on
grounds of inefficiency that teachers, with "superior"
and "excellent" records, who were trustees of the pen-
sion fund, were discharged. Politicians on the school w
board have been trying to grab control of that fund for
years, and there's over a million dollars in it now much
of which came out of the pockets of the teachers them
selves. The Federation has fought hard to protect the interest of ALL teach
ers in that fund.
If ALL of the teachers were organized instead of only a part of them,
a united front presented to Jake Loeb would make that individual quit
and the teachers could absolutely block the game to turn the public schools
over to the tender mercies of political bosses and ward heelers.
It would then be absolutely impossible for scheming politicians to get
their meat-hooks on that million-dollar pension fund.
No one should be fooled by the fact that only 8 teachers got the axe
this time. That's merely a starter. If Loeb and his gang on the board get
away with it this year they'll get down to business iext year and clean
house with a vengeance.
How the Loeb machine works was made apparent in interviews in the
Herald this morning with two of the women members of the board, Mrs.
C. 0. Sethness and Mrs. George P. Vosbrink.
Here are two women supposed to have enough intelligence to sit on
the school board and help run the public school system, yet both made the
humiliating public confession, in newspaper interviews, that they refused
;to vote for the re-election of 41 teachers with high officiency marks b6
cause Jake Loeb recommended it.
Mrs. Sethness said: "I knew nothing about the efficiency or standing
of any of the teachers until President Loeb presented his list. I
accepted the list because President Loeb recommended it I have
accepted the list because President Loeb recommended it. . . I have
every confidence in President Loeb and acted on his judgment."
When asked if she had any information of her own as to the efficiency
of these teachers, Mrs. Vosbrink said:
"I had not I accepted Mr. Loeb's recommendations."
Here are two supposedly intelligent women who practically admit that
Jake Loeb voted them. Although members of the school board, they knew
nothing about the efficiency of the teachers they voted to discharge, But
blindly took Jake Loeb's word for it and voted as he voted.
Will any fair-minded man or woman say that Mrs. Sethness and Mrs.
Vosbrink are fit to represent the parents and children of Chicago on the.
school board and sit in judgment upon teachers who have minds of their
own and intelligence enough to do their own thinking?
And Mrs. Vosbrink was once a school teacher and is chairman of the
school management committee.
I think both of them by their own statements have proven their utter