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March to School Creates Conflict

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March to School Creates Conflict

Phillip Jackson of Black Star Project. (WBEZ/Mike Rhee)

An education advocacy group is urging Chicago’s fathers to accompany their kids to the first day of school. But the march is creating some conflict with organizers of school boycotts happening the same day.

Ministers from around Chicago have been planning large student boycotts to call attention to unequal funding at public schools. But Phillip Jackson says getting kids to school is more important. Jackson is with a group called the Black Star Project. He agrees some schools need more money. But he says kids can’t afford to miss school.

JACKSON: Our number one issue is not necessarily funding, our number one issue is educating these young people here.

The Million Father March has taken place around the country since 2004. But Reverend Ira Acree says it’s unfortunate it’s being planned this year in Chicago. Acree is an organizer of the school boycotts. He says the march stands in direct opposition to their protest.

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