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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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A delegation of prominent men and.
women will drop into the meeting
of the school board late today in
order to be present should Jake Loeb,
president of the school board, try to
get away with his new scheme to
control the school teachers of Chi
cago. The school teachers now retain
their positions through the merit
rule. If a teacher is not told during
one school year that her work is un
satisfactory she is retained for the
But now Jake Loeb would change
all that He desires the power to
drop any teacher summarily. In this
way those who are against his idea,
say the teachers, will be thrown
back into the old ' political system
that proved so dangerous to the
public school system before the
merit system was adopted.
Among those who will fight against
Loeb slipping over his little game are
Mary McDowell, Jane Addams, Mrs.
Margaret Robins, Mrs. Jos. T. Bow
en, Grace Abbott, Sophonisba
Breckenridge, Mrs. Geo. Bass, Har
riet Vittum, C. E. Merriam, R. M.
Buck, John C. Kennedy and A. A.
In a communication to the school
board the above citizens, together
with a score of others, said in part:
"The board of education has ade
quate machinery at the present time
for determining competency and for
eliminating the incompetent Before
teachers are permanently appointed
they must pass a rigorous examina
tion, must serve a probationary pe
riod of not less than four months and
must then serve not less than three
years before receiving permanent
certificates from the Chicago board
of education. This should be suffi
cient opportunity to determine com
petency, but if any incompetents
pass all these tests, they may still be
brought to trial before the commit
tee of the board of education and, if
found incompetent on the evidence
presented, may be dismissed fnvn.
the system. Any incompetency now
in the schools is due primarily to the
attitude of the trial committee of
the board of education.
"The merit clause now under at
tack was adopted by the board of ed
ucation about twenty-five years ago
to put an end to an intolerable condi
tion. For months before each an
nual election of teachers all possible
pressure (political and otherwise)
was exerted to secure their re-election.
This produced demoralization
of both the board's legitimate busi
ness and of the work of the schools.
In sheer desperation members of the
board would leave the city to get
away from the pressure. The board
finally adopted the present merit
cause to end this intolerable situa
tion. It made a teacher's efficiency
record during the year the basis of
re-election or failure of re-election.
The proposed amendment leaving
out the merit clause will result in a
return to the old 'pull' system. This
is the experience of the past. Human
nature has not changed. Return to
the old conditions would be certain."
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New York, June 14. Col. Roose
velt today suffered from a severe
pain in his side and, as a result, fre
quently pressed his hand against his
side near his heart while motoring
to the home of his son-in-law, Dr.
Richard Derby. He had been to the
dock to greet his son, Kermit, and
the latter's wife and baby. The colo
nel said the pain was of no conse
quence, but he seemed quite ilL
"My father's illness is of no conse
quence whatever. He will keep his
appointments today," said Mrs, Rich
ard Derby, daughter of Col. Roose
velt ,
Nina Glower left home because
husband wouldn't eat chicken pie. He
got divorce.

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