Craven County Digital History Exhibit

Citizens Committee Leaflet, ca. 1933

Title: [Citizens Committee Leaflet]

Creator: The Citizens Committee

Subject: Education--North Carolina--Craven County

Description: Leaflet urging voters to "express themselves on school affairs" in an upcoming election [appears to be the election on 2 May 1933].

Publisher: The Citizens Committee

Date: n.d. (ca. May 1, 1933)

Type: Text

Format: 1 page.

Identifier: ms2-Citizens

Source: Donation.

Coverage: Craven County (N.C.)

Rights: Permission to use this item must be obtained from the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, 400 Johnson Street, New Bern, NC 28560.

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New Bernians Have Been 175
Years Trying to Call Our
Schools Their Own

The school trustees ought and should control the schools. Under the present system one man has dominated the entire local school system and policies.

The present board is unwieldy, and too large to function.

The trustees on the present board give their power over to a certain of their members which they designate as a Board of Education.

No citizen has a right to appeal, and if the board goes contrary to the will of the people, the people have no voice in the matter, nor can they change the membership of the board.

The whole principal of the present board is contrary to our form of government.

It is the most undemocratic system ever instituted, and if it ever was in force in any other community, it has been discarded, and all other communities have adopted a modern and up-to-date method, such as is proposed by the change.

The schools belong to the people, and the people should have a voice in the control of them.

At present they have no voice in the school affairs.

They are denied the rights to suggest the names of the trustees.

For the first time in 175 years. the people are on Tuesday given a right to express themselves on school affairs, and the people should vote for a selection--let's do away with the unfair, unwieldy self-perpetuating board of City School Trustees.

The Citizens Committee


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