Chance The Rapper Donates $1 Million To Support Hometown Chicago's Public Schools
But the Grammy Award-winning rapper wasn't pleased with the meeting and has made a decision to take matters into his own hands.
During a press conference at Wescott Elementary School in Chicago, the rapper said he plans to donate $1 million to Chicago public schools. While I'm frustrated and disappointed with the governor's inaction, that will not stop me from continuing to do all I can to support Chicago's most valuable resource: "its children", Chance said before handing over an oversize check to students.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama, a Chicago native, praised the rapper's donation to the city's school system.
A 23-year-old rapper is doing more for public schools in Chicago than the government of IL - at least that's how a considerable number of people feel in the Windy City.
"As a private citizen, as a parent and a product of C.P.S", Chance said, "I'm asking that you guys join the fight with me".
Chance raised the funds through ticket sales for his upcoming tour, with coordination from AMG, Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
Chance the Rapper has always been an activist and has made appeals to end Chicago's street violence.
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"Gov. Rauner still won't commit to giving Chicago's kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums", the rapper said.
Chance also mentioned receiving a text earlier in the day from Common, another Grammy-winning rapper from Chicago's South Side, who has pledged his support of CPS alongside Chance.
Following a series of "unsuccessful" conversations with Gov. Bruce Rauner, Bennett announced Monday that he's donating $1 million to CPS as the underfunded district continues to languish amid the state's ongoing budget impasse. Chance and the governor were meant to talk about fixing the state's school systems but when Bennett left the meeting with Rauner on Friday (March 3), he was unimpressed with the "vague answers" the governor gave him.
Chicago school officials are also suing the state because they feel the way the state allocates funds to the urban school district is discriminatory.
In addition to the $1 million donation, Chance plans to give out an additional $10,000 donation to select local schools. Chance is, I have long maintained, acanny political operator, despite his performance of relative naïveté.
"The governor could right now figure out how to grab a revenue stream and fully fund a more equitable funding school funding for all schools in IL, which is kind of his job", David Gates said.
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