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On December 4, 1940, a group called the Taxpayers Federation met in New York. There were only forty people at this meeting, but these forty were representa­tives of big money: The New York Central Railroad, Greenwich Savings Bank and assorted “friends” of education. You were not at that meeting, nor I, nor the representatives of the real 7 1/2 million taxpayers in New York City, nor the parents of the children in the schools, nor the teachers. And here is the reason we weren’t.

 Their aims:

“Make pupils pay for textbooks and supplies.”

“Make parents and not the public-school system support child education.”

“Teach nothing but essentials.”

“Stop free college education.”

These forty came to the conclusion that “the solution of the problem of reducing the cost of education. . . has been frustrated by the Teachers Unions . . .

                        Not so many of them, are there? Not nearly as many as we are. But these are only the front men. Behind them stands Money—and Reaction—and Politics. That’s why they are dangerous.

        Let’s name some names:

Milo F. McDonald, head of the American Education Association and editor of the “Educational Signpost.”

Francis S. Mosely, head of the Teachers Alliance.

In May, 1940, Mrs. Joanna M. Lindloff, member of the Board of Education, accused both these organizations of “spreading intolerance and anti-Semitism”. Both groups reflect the point of view of Father Coughlin and the Christian Front in the world of education.

        Milo F. McDonald wants the substitution of scholarships for a system of city colleges in order to “reduce the cost of education in this city by making it unnecessary to maintain public colleges.”

Will you trade the schools for a handout?

You want to remember these names, Mr. Jones. They’re your enemies and the enemies of your children

Bennet Buck