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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 28, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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men and the striking stereotypers
and newsboys during the trouble in
1912, which started with the news
paper trust locking out the union
Has published on various occasions
the truth about the infamous mid
night meeting of the school board,
which enabled the Tribune and News
to save thousands of dollars annual
ly that rightfully belong to the public
Affiliated with the State Federation
of Women's Clubs and helped in the
fight for equal suffrage;
Has persistently fought the School
Book trust and supported Ella Flagg
Young in her persistent fight to free
the public schools from politicians
and text book companies;
Fought the scheme of Big Busi
ness, through the llinois Manufactur
ers' Association and ex-Supt Cooley
to institute a dual system of educa
tion, which would put the children of
workingmen in one class and the
children of the rich in another;
Fought to have the use of the pub
lic school buildings given to the peo
ple for social centers;
Fought against dark rooms and
basement rooms and for better health
and educational conditions for chil
dren; Supported a move for lunches for
school children and conducted a cam
paign for the protection of children
from preventable contagious dis-
Supported the garment workers,
the miners, the newsboys and other
workers in their fights for a living
Helped make the fight for child
labor legislation and other legislative
relief for the working class;
Fought for democracy in the Na
tional Educational Assocation, which
formerly was controlled by politicians
and school book companies;
Actively supported every move for
public ownership of public utilities.
In short, the Teachers' Federation
has been an active, non-partisan civic
force, doing its full ihare In every
progressive movement to elevate the
standard of American citizenship by
improving the condition of the work
ing class.
These are some of the REASONS
why the invisible government of Big
Business is trying now to destroy the
Teachers' Federation and give the
politicians and emissaries of Big
Business on the school board com
plete control of the public school sys
tem and make the teachers slaves of
the political ward heeler and his big
The Tribune, which appears to be
leading the newspaper fight against
the teachers, occupies a building
which stands on land belonging to
the schools of Chicago. This land
was given to the public schools by the
state. The Tribune has a 99-year
lease on the land, and at the midnight
session of the Tribune-controlled
school board the right to revalue that
land every few years was taken away
from the public schools; and no mat
ter how much loop property may In
crease in value, the rent paid by the
Tribune cannot be increased.
There is an EXCUSE which is be
ing used privately to cover up the
REASONS; and that excuse goes
back to the last municipal election,
when a tremendous Protestant vote
went to Mayor Thompson, on the un
derstanding that the proportion of
Catholics among the public school
teachers would be materially reduced,
if they were not weeded out alto
gether. During the campaign the argument
was made that 85 per cent of the pub
lic school teachers were Catholics
and that their church was trying to
destroy the public school ssytem;
that Catholics controlled the school
board, and that President Collins ed- ,
ucated all of his children in the par""
rochlal schools and none of them UJ
the public schools.
Although the newspapers ignored
this feature of the city campaign it
was one of the biggest factors in th

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