Chance the Rapper (musician) just donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools (CPS). He announced it at a elementary school in Chicago — Chance grew up in Chicago.
The donation has brought praise for Chance and attention to issues with public school funding.
Chance said he met with Illinois Governor Rauner last week where they talked about public education and other issues that impact Chicago and the state of Illinois. Chance said the talks were not successful.
Chance said the governor was not fully committed to giving Chicago kids a “good opportunity” for education. The governor, in December, vetoed a $215 million bill to fund CPS — and without the money, CPS might have to end school 20 days earlier.
Chance said the governor could use his executive powers to give Chicago children (400,000 of them) their God-given right to learn. Chance said, “Gov. Rauner, do your job!”
Chance called on others to help and donate to the school, saying CPS should not be held hostage because of political positioning.
Chance said everybody and their momma knows the issues in Chicago, but that this will enhance the conversation.
CPS’ funding seems to be a complicated issue in the Illinois state government — there are disagreements on where the $215 million funding should come from. Maybe Chance’s $1 million donation will push the politicians to come to a solution.