Published: Tue, March 07, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Chance the Rapper plans CPS funding announcement Monday at 2 pm

Chance the Rapper plans CPS funding announcement Monday at 2 pm

Chance met with IL governor Bruce Rauner late last week to discuss public education in the city due to the budget crisis being faced by Chicago Public Schools.

During a press conference at Westcott Elementary School on Chicago's South Side that was streamed live on Instagram, Chance said the monetary contribution is to "support art and enrichment programming".

A plan floated by Gov. Bruce Rauner's office Monday to fill the Chicago school system's budget hole before June was immediately dismissed by both Chicago Public Schools and the mayor's office. Any growth goes into a fund for economic development.

According to The Chicago Tribune, Governor Rauner's recent veto of a bill that would give $215 million to Chicago schools was unexpected and puts the cities education system in a "horrible position" that will layoff staff and shorten the school year by 13 days. "Monday morning I'll have a plan".

For his part, Rauner said he asked the rapper to use his influence to help his cause.

The father of one closed out the press conference by encouraging the community and the general public to join him in the fight to bring about change in Chicago Public Schools. The Chicago MC announced today that he is donating $1M to Chicago Public Schools.

"This isn't about politics, this isn't about posturing, this is about taking care of the kids", he added.

Chicago school officials are also suing the state because they feel the way the state allocates funds to the urban school district is discriminatory. "I asked [the governor] about funding CPS with that $215 million that was discussed in May of past year and was vetoed in December over, you know, political arguments and s-".

Chance also met with Black Lives Matter activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate Deray McKesson, who said they talked about education funding. The bill failed to pass the Senate last week for the second time.

Cullerton denied breaking the agreement and said he was willing to continue working on pension reform with the governor. It comes after a meeting Friday with the first-term Republican that the artist said didn't go well.

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