On Monday, Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Wescott Elementary School in Chicago to address his intentions on helping the city’s public schools after a rather disappointing meeting with Gov. Rauner. The Grammy award-winning artist announced that he will be donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools (CPS). “I’m committed to help Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts” Chance said.
March 3rd, 2017
A week before this announcement, Chance sat down with Gov. Rauner to discuss funding relief for Chicago public schools. Gov. Rauner is holding $215 Million in funding for Chicago’s Public Schools due to his battle with state legislators over pension reforms.
“While I’m frustrated and disappointed in the governor’s inaction, that will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable public resource, its children.” The Chicago native said. “Our talks were unsuccessful. Gov. Rauner still won’t commit to give Chicago’s kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums” He added.
“As an artist and after-school teacher, I know the arts are invaluable. They teach kids lessons about how small efforts can have big effects and how collaboration can lead to creativity. Our kids should not be held hostage by political positions.” – Chance the Rapper
Why It’s an issue
Due to a $46 million budget freeze, many of the schools in Chicago will lose a lot of their funding. Without the money, the school system will have to lay off thousands of staffers or possibly cut the school year short by 13 days. The school year being cut short leads to almost 400,000 kids who won’t have adult supervised activities in the summer and could possible be put in harm’s way.
Chance the Rapper Has a Goal
Chance is shining light on this issue and will see to it that things change. The rapper’s non-profit organization, Social Works, will match every $100,000 raised for Chicago schools with an additional $10,000 to be used for specific schools.
“As a private citizen, as a parent and as a product of CPS, I’m asking that you guys join and fight with me, organize with me, mobilize with me, for the interest of the children of Chicago. This is the very beginning.” Chance said.
Chance the Rapper has received tons of support from his fans on Twitter and the love will continue to grow. We are so proud of him for using his voice. What do you think of his powerful donation? Let us know over on Twitter @CelebMix!