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Haley, Margaret (1861–1939)
Wayne J. Urban
Margaret Haley was born in Joliet, Illinois, in 1861. She completed her elementary and secondary education by the age of 16 and then began a teaching career in an Illinois country school. She took a year of teacher training at the state normal school in Bloomington, Illinois, and then became a Chicago elementary school teacher in 1883. She also completed one term of teacher training at the Cook County Normal School in Chicago, known nationally as the school led by the famous pedagogical progressive, Francis Parker. In 1897, after almost 2 decades of teaching in Chicago, Haley helped form the Chicago Teachers Federation (CTF) in cooperation with her colleague Catherine Goggin. Both Haley and Goggin, and many of the CTF members, were Irish-American Catholics. The major issues around which the CTF was formed were bread-and-butter concerns, initially teachers' pensions. After pensions were achieved, tenure in the job was the next ...