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WORLD-BEST SCHOOLS FOR CHICAGO ARE
ASKED IN CITY REPORT
the whole 8,000 teachers each year
,and instead let each teacher under
stand she holds her job through good
conduct and Shall have right of trial
like policemen or firemen before dismissal.
. Chicago public schools! What's
the matter with 'em? Why are they
robbed blind of land and money?
Why do the half million children in
the schools . and' the 8,000 teachers
get snubbed and kicked around, balk
ed and defeated half the time when
they try to do" things toward making
. Chicago public schools the best in
This big question is handled in a
report that .went to city council
schools committee today. It is signed
by'the subcommittee, Aldermen Rob-
, ert M. Buck, John C. Kennedy and
Thomas F. Byrne. It is Vo typewrit
ten pages, long, the most extensive
and thorough job of the sort ever at
temptedLin Chicago. It raises 15 spe
cific points of criticism against the
present school system and makes 17
.specific recommendations of things
to be done this winter toward build
ing up, in Chicago a school system
that the world will take off its hat to.
Five months the committee has been
meeting, holding, public (hearings,
taking testimony of experts and
school officials from other cities. The
report embodies what the committee
learned. This is a rough summary
Reduce the amount of wrangling
. on the school board-by first reducing
the number of members. If the
school board is to keep its records
secret and run its affairs in dark-Ian-tern
style there's nothing else left for
the people of Chicago than to go
straight through to the legislature
and make the school board members
elective, so that school trustees will
be named by the voters of Chicago
instead of hand-picked by the mayor.
Appoint an attorney and comp
troller directly responsible to the
board.. Let all records of contracts,
school land leases and various funds
be open for public inspection instead
of under coyer as many are now.
Drop epoJictfQtJring.and hiring
In opening, the subcommittee says
It was appointed June 30, three days
after the notorious action of the Jake
Loeb majority of the school board
wrecking civil service and merit rule.
Thanks are paid to Prof. Charles H.
Judd, head of the school of education
University "of Chicago, and Prof.
George H. Mead of the U. of C. for
help. Silpt. Ben Blewett of St Louis
public schools, Supt. Charles R.
Chadsey of Detroit, Supt. Frank
Spaulding of Minneapolis, Prof. F.
W. Roman of Syracuse ' university,
Dr. Leonard P. Ayres, director educa
tion department Russel Sage Foun
dation, and Prof. John F. Bobbitt of
school of education University of
Chicago are named as specialists
whose 6ounsel helped guide the com
mittee in framing the report.
It is urged the city council should
"seek to unite the forces of the city
who are patriotically, loyally and un
selfishly interested in the welfare of
the greatest of our institutions the
public schools." The committee asks
for "a city-wide effort to educate the
voters of the city to an awakened
understanding of the progress that
has been made in the science of ed
ucation while Chicago stood by and
marked time and to train them in
efficiency in government of the
school system that moulds our future
citizens and makes them American
or not as it is efficient or inefficient."
These are recommendations:
Ask legislature for new law gov
erning cities of more than 100,000
population. Provide for board of ed
ucation of seven members. Termuf
office six years, salary $1,500 a year.
Election on non-pas tisan ballot at
.election separate from regular partx