Chance The Rapper To Donate $1 Million To Chicago Public Schools
Chance The Rapper to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools to assist in funding after-school and art enrichment programs.
The Grammy-winning Chicago native made the announcement today during a press conference at Oliver S. Westcott Elementary School on the city’s South Side. Chance’s announcement came after he met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner about school funding last Friday.
After meeting with the governor, the Grammy Award winner tweeted: “Chicago Public Schools and I did not lose today. Please don’t let that become the narrative. Monday morning I’ll have a plan.”
Chicago Public Schools and I did not lose today. Please don't let that become the narrative. Monday morning I'll have a plan.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 3, 2017
Today Chance described Friday’s meeting as “disappointing” and he also stated that the governor only had “vague” answers.
The Chicago Public Schools, which is the third-largest school district in the U.S. is losing funding due to Gov. Rauner’s state aid measure veto.
Chance said his donation was a call to action for corporations and other private citizens.
“I’m challenging major companies across the U.S. to donate and take action,” he said. “CPS students have spoke, recently at one of our open mics, and would like corporations to invest in them the way we’ve invested in their businesses.”
“This is what’s right,” Chance said when asked about his motivation behind the donation. “The Grammys were what I needed, or what I traded in, to have my first meeting with Governor Rauner. I think everybody knows it’s what’s right, to get behind these kids.”
“I thank every person in Chicago for building me into the person I am. I’m a public school kid, so I thank CPS. I know we’re in our troubles right now, but we’re about to get past this. I just ask at every turn, at every level, that every one has a voice and a hand in this. That goes out to the highest level people, the organizers, the parents, the teachers. Thank you for raising me up and supporting me. I’m gonna need a little more help to get this done.”
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