The Washington Post's Kari Lyderson recapped the school boycott led by the rev. and state Sen. James Meeks. She points to Illinois' dismal per-pupil spending gap as a key force behind the protest:
The nonprofit Education Trust calculates that although the average gap in per-pupil spending across the country between high-income districts and low-income ones was $938 in 2005, the gap was $2,235 in Illinois. Only New York had a larger gap that year.
"These schools are segregated," said Rhonda Storball, a post office worker who moved to the suburbs specifically so her two children could attend better schools. She said she is now the only African American in her neighborhood and that her children had trouble adjusting to their new schools because their Chicago education left them behind academically.