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Mail Tribune 100, July 27, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

July 27, 1920

HARD TO SECURE RURAL TEACHERS FOR $100 MONTH

The school teacher situation in Jackson county is summed up by County Superintendent Ager as follows in the following article in the School Letter which he has published to bring before the school officers and teachers a number of topics of special interest at this time:

“Some weeks ago blanks were sent to chairmen of the boards where conditions were not known asking for names of teachers employed, also, if none had been employed, the salary expected to be paid and qualifications of teacher desired. The replies indicate that 67 percent of those schools have not yet employed teachers / Salaries offered range from $100 a month up. Only one sent back the report that they expect to get a teacher for less than $100. It may be interesting to know that some rural districts have contracted for $1200 a year.

“Relative to qualifications expected of teachers, 50 percent did not state qualifications desired. Of the rest most of them want experienced teachers. Some prefer teachers who will supervise play of pupils, others want teachers who can sing and play both. Still another one wants an eighth grade graduate for a teacher. While the latter is outlawed in Oregon, the other qualifications are very desirable and consideration will be given the requests when referring applicants to board members. One board requests normal graduates and further offers to pay expenses of trip of county superintendent if he will go to Monmouth and secure good teachers for them.

“It will be difficult to secure experienced or trained teachers for $100 a month this year; however, a few training class graduates have not contracted and some others lacking in training or successful experience are willing to contract for that price. It is poor economy to employ a poor teacher at any price. An investigation should be made by writing direct to references of by personal consultation with those who know the teacher and of her work as a teacher. Hand-me-down recommendations are usually valueless. It is considered unethical by the teaching profession generally to give or accept open recommendations.”

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