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From the Journal of the House of Representatives,

May 14, 1915 (pp. 1743)

The Speaker of the House:

Dear Sir: I herewith return without approval House bill No. 210, file No. 176, enrolled No.111.

"A bill to provide for a board of education for cities having a population of two hundred fifty thousand or over and comprising a single school district; to fix their terms of office, and the manner of the nomination and election of the members thereof."

I disapprove House enrolled bill No. 111 (H.B. No. 210, file No. 176) because this bill offers little improvement over the present system. This bill is in reality a seven ward bill controlled by the politicians, the members selected by a partisan ballot by district election on a partisan ticket when the voter is struggling with a congested ticket. The plan fosters straight party voting. This bill is not in harmony with the non-partisan plan suggested in my message. In my opinion it is far better to try the Scott law which the Supreme Court has declared constitutional and valid and which will be submitted to the school voters in the fall of 1916. Every school board should be non-partisan. I therefore decline to sign this bill.

Yours very truly,

Woodbridge N. Ferris


Source: Fuller, George, editor. Messages of the Governors of Michigan. Volume IV. (Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission, 1927), 685.


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