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Cps Boycott

50 Years Later, Remembering The '63 Chicago School Boycott

Posted 10.30.2013 | Chicago

Fifty years ago Tuesday, more than 200,000 Chicago children stayed home from school and hit the streets as part of a massive protest against segregati...

CPS Boycott Coincides With March On Washington 50th, Budget Vote

Posted 08.28.2013 | Chicago

Just three days into the new school year, activists called for a Wednesday boycott of the Chicago Public Schools in a demonstration that coincides wit...

Activists Call For One-Day CPS Boycott Next Week

Posted 08.23.2013 | Chicago

Saying recent Chicago Public Schools budget cuts, layoffs and school closures have destabilized the city's communities of poor black and Latino childr...

School Funding Protest Spawns Friendships And Action

Chicago Tribune | Tara Malone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With grins and a familiar nod, a dozen teenagers came together this weekend for what has become a standing date since nearly 1,000 Chicago students sk...

Why Did They Boycott?

Washington Post | Kari Lydersen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

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 s...

What Boycott? CPS Claims Record Attendance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools officials claimed first-day attendance was record high, despite the two day boycott led by the rev. and state Sen. James Meeks....

Field Trip Over: Meeks' Boycott Kids Finally Out of Media Glare

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

Anyone who cares about kids in this town getting a shot at a decent education surely looked at the Chicago Public School children who marched into Winnetka and felt the rumbling pride of civil rights crusades past.

Tinkering Around the Edges Not Enough For Failing Schools

Lorraine Forte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

While media eyes have been focused on Meeks' school boycott, another plan from the legislator/mega-church pastor has gotten little publicity: His proposal to allow kids to enroll in any school in the state, without paying tuition.

Meeks, Blago May Actually Meet Over School Funding

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE From the AP: Now that state Senator James Meeks has called off his Chicago school boycott, he and Governor Rod Blagojevich are working out a m...

Father's Day: a Million Fathers to March on the First Day of School

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

When you stop to look at the array of organizations trying to address the crushing problem of poor children being left behind in U.S. schools there are groups out there just getting stuff done, like Chicago's Black Star Project.

School Boycott May Not End Funding Inequities, But It Should End The Myth That Black Communities Don't Value Education

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

I hope the folks standing in opposition understand that the people demanding more money for education aren't just looking for a stage upon which they can grandstand --what they're looking for is a high-quality education, the best that money can buy.

School Boycott On: Meeks

Chicago Sun-Times | Maudlyne Ihejirika and Rosalind Rossi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Time's up, the Rev. James Meeks said Thursday. The three-day boycott is on. "No more time. The window has expired," Meeks said. Next Tuesday, the s...

What Next For Meeks? Bring New Trier Kids To CPS

Alexander Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alexander Russo

Disrupting the start of the school year is a small price to pay for something that could transform education in Illinois, which has the second-most inequitable funding system in the nation.

Schools Chief Says Thanks, But No Thanks To Boycott Plan

Chicago Tribune | Monique Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

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...