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Organizers call off CPS boycott

September 3, 2008 9:09:15 PM PDT
The two-day-old school boycott is over.The organizer, State Sen. Reverend James Meeks asked students to go to class Thursday.

Meeks called off the boycott in hopes of forcing a meeting with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

"We're here to announce tonight that we're asking all Chicago public school students to go to school tomorrow so we can meet with the governor tomorrow," Meeks said Wednesday.

Wednesday was day two of that boycott. Dozens of Chicago public school students packed hallways throughout downtown at City Hall, the Thompson Center and other businesses.

Tuesday was the first day when Meeks bused students to an affluent school, New Trier, in Northfield. His main point was that the system to fund schools is broken and adults must make change happen, especially Illinois' governor.

"I can't rewrite the school funding formula, the legislature has to do that. I'm with him, we should get the legislature to do it," Blagojevich said.

"The speaker is ready to meet, everybody is ready to meet, it's up to the governor, he's not ready to meet," Meeks said.

Meeks said he hopes to hear from the governor Wednesday so they can hold a meeting. In the meantime, he said he does expect all students to return to Chicago Public Schools.


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