From Transcribe Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

(Copy) December 15, 1915.

The bill for the establishment of a Co-ordinate College for Women at Charlottesville, affiliated with the University of Virginia, will be presented to the Legislature again this year. The Senate passed such a bill March 11, 1914, by a majority of 23 to 14. It was defeated in the House by only six votes. The establishment of such a college as is proposed will result:-- I. In giving to the girl graduates of our public high schools the advantages now offered by the State to our boys at the State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, William & Mary, and the Virginia Military Institute. In 1915 there were 446 high schools in Virginia, enrolling 9,190 boys and 12,724 girls. II. In giving adequate opportunity for the thorough training of our women high school teachers. These women teachers (constituting 70% of the teaching force in the high schools) train both boys and girls for higher institutions. They also train the great majority of the teachers in the elementary schools.

III. In enabling the University to give full credit for their work to the women teachers of the State, now compelled to consume time and money at the Summer School, and denied due professional credit therefor. IV. In giving the young women of Virginia equal opportunities with those now offered the young men, a manifest justice to the tax payer with daughters to educate. V. In bringing the State University into closer touch with our public high schools and enabling it to render larger service to the State. The University furnished only 30 teachers to the public high schools last year. These figures would be different if our women teachers had access to the University of Virginia. VI. In keeping money in Virginia now spent by our girls in northern colleges, and in bringing money to Virginia through endowment and fees of students from other states. The University of Virginia derives about two-thirds of its income from endowment and student fees. In 1914, $61,000. was offred the State of Virginia by the advocates of the Co-ordinate College to aid in its establishment, without demanding any appropriation on the part of the State. For the above reasons, we bespeak your support for this measure, and trust that the legislature of 1916 may have the honor of fulfilling Mr. Jefferson's idea that the University should be, in truth, the capstone of the public school system. Very truly yours,

Chairman of Women's Committee.

P. S. Literature follows. Will be glad to furnish other information on request.