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TWO NEW MOVES PLANNED AGAINST JAKE
LOEB'S CANNING OF "EXCELLENT" TEACHERS
contention that the ousting of the
former group of teachers is a delib
erate plot against teachers who join
ed the union.
Two new moves were planned
against Jake Loeb yesterday for his
action .in discharging teachers who
had ratings of "excellent" and
One move planned in secret by
Att'y Isaac T. Greenacre, att'y for
the Chicago Teachers' Federation,
and First Ass't State's Att'y Frank
Johnston, Jr., was not disclosed. It
is expected that this move will find
State's Att'y Hoyne lined up closely
with the teachers in their fight for
the protection of the public school
' The other move was planned by
Mary McDowell, chairman of the
citizens' committee which, held the
recent mass meeting of protest at
the Auditorium. Miss McDowell has
called a meeting of the committee
for tomorrow. At that meeting a
campaign to arouse the citizens of
Chicago to the danger that threatens
to make the Chicago school system
the joke of the country will be map
In the meantime, from what lit
tle could be learned of the confer
ence in the state's att'y's office,
Frank Johnston will appear before
Judge Sullivan shortly and demand
that the eight members of the board,
who are known as "Jake Loeb's
crew, be cited to show cause why
they should not be punished for con
tempt of court.
The Jake Loeb crew consists of
Mrs. Geo. P. Vosbrink, Mrs. C. 0.
Sethness, John W. Eckhart, Joseph
A. Holpuch, Mrs. F. E. Thornton,
Edw. J. Piggott and Chas. Young.
Johnston will demand that they
be called upon to explain why out of
the 68 teachers dropped 36 were
members of -the Chicago Teachers'
Federation. The federation teach
ers had records marked "superior"
and "good"; the others dropped were
marked "fair" and "inefficient."
Johnston is expected to make the
Att'y Greenacre said they could
prove a plot to violate Judge. Sulli
van's injunction issued last fall re
straining the school board from in
terfering with the Teachers' Feder
ation. He also says they will "prove
Jake Loeb made "certain threats"
after that injunction was granted.
If the action before Judge Sulli
van fails the teachers will probably
wait until the schools reopen and
start mandamus suits against the
Margaret Haley, bus. agent of the
federation, pointed out that through
the action of Jake. Loeb the school
board is now in control of the $1,000,
000 pension fund to invest as it
Miss Haley said: "When Franklin
Donecker, Eleanor Nowlan, Ida Furs
man and -.Sara Rochford were drop
ped they ceased to be directors of
the fund. This leaves only Mary
Abbe and Mrs. Harriet Thompson,
representing the teachers as against
Trustees Peterson, Collins and Mrs.
Gallagher on the school board side.
Loeb was left a quorum with the
teachers in the minority."
Miss McDowell named 12 mem
bers to serve on the committee to
plcn action against the Loeb rule.
They are: Prof. Geo. M. Mead, Mrs.
W. S. Hefferan, Prof. C. K. Judd, Vic
tor Olander, Mrs. Raymond Robins,
Grace Abbott, ex-Judge E. O. Brown,
Bernard Flexner, Carl Thompson,
Mrs. Henry Kuh and Allen B. Pond.
Three other members will be named
The Woman's City club passed re
solutions denouncing the action of
the school board. Numerous meet
ings of the Parents Teachers' ass'n
are also being planned.
There was an error in the ranking.