First-day boycott may cost Chicago schools $100,000

Around 1,000 mostly black Chicago students skipped the first day of classes Tuesday and instead traveled to two suburban schools that welcomed them with open arms as part of a boycott that could leave Chicago schools short $100,000 in state reimbursements. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on Tuesday called the protest "very selfish," but organizer Rev. James Meeks, an Illinois state senator, said it was needed to highlight the state's unequal education funding. "We've seen the results of three decades of underfunding [Chicago] schools," he said. "We under-educated their grandparents, we under-educated their parents ... enough is enough."

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