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Senator Calls for Students to Protest Unfair Funding

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Some students from poorer neighborhoods in Chicago might be skipping the first day of school this year. That’s in order to protest unequal funding at public schools in Illinois. Chicago Public Radio’s Mike Rhee has more.

State Senator James Meeks from Chicago’s South Suburbs is the head of the protest. He and several community leaders are asking students to cut class on September 2. They want students to try to enroll at wealthier suburban schools in the North Suburbs.

Senator Meeks says there’s a funding gap between schools in wealthy and poor areas of the state. He calls that gap “immoral”. Meeks says he expects several thousand students to take part in the protest. Officials at Chicago Public Schools say they sympathize but can’t support skipping school.

A spokesperson for the district says it’s crucial for students to show up for the first day of class.

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