Chicago State Senator James Meeks (D-Chicago) has proposed a rather radical action to protest the underfunding of Chicago's inner city schools.
Meeks has issued a call for all school kids in Chicago's poorest districts to boycott the first day at their assigned school and instead head to resource-rich predominately white schools and attempt to register there.
Meeks plan has supporters and detractors. ...
It's no secret that schools in predominately poor urban and rural communities just do not provide the educational opportunities to be had in solidly middle-class or affluent communities. But what to do about it? Republicans and others favor various forms of "school choice" or voucher programs where children stuck in a lousy school would have the option to move to one with stronger academic options.
Others simply want state and federal government to allocate more dollars to improving under-performing schools. 'No Child Left Behind' is an example of a recent government initiative meant to insure that all students have some basic, uniform standard of achievement. source