Schools Chief Says Thanks, But No Thanks To Boycott Plan

09/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan said thanks, but no thanks Wednesday to those calling for students to boycott the first day of class as a way to draw attention to Illinois' education-funding situation.

"We've worked extraordinarily hard . . . to build a culture where every single day matters. And that first day, that first week, does set a tone . . . for what happens the rest of the school year," Duncan said at a news conference to remind students and parents that school starts Sept. 2.

In recent weeks, Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago), who is a minister, and other church leaders have called on parents of Chicago students to protest funding disparities by keeping their children out of class and instead attempting to register them in two wealthy north suburban school districts.

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