This afternoon Chance The Rapper held a press conference at Westcott Elementary School in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. The press conference came in response to Chance meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to talk about Chicago Public Schools getting necessary funding. Unfortunately, Chance left unsatisfied.
Last year the governor reached a compromise with CPS where he was supposed to grant funding in the amount of $215 million. He later went back & vetoed it. Now, if CPS is not granted that funding, Chicago Public Schools will be forced to close 13 days early. While funding was not granted for CPS, other school districts outside of the city saw an increase in funding. That grew an already large deficit between CPS funding & that in the surrounding suburbs. Those of us who live in the city know well how much strain there has been in the funding of Chicago Public Schools for many years now. There have been teacher strikes & major school closings all around. Still, the children of Chicago are not receiving the money necessary to educate them.
Chance, like many of us familiar with the problems, is fed up & has decided to take action. Following his unsuccessful meeting, Chance has come forward not only to demand that Rauner do his job, but also to get the ball rolling by bringing the spotlight to as many people as possible. Today, Chance presented a check for $1 Million dollars to CPS to expand arts education funding & has stated that this is just the beginning. He has called on corporations in Chicago & around the country to join him in donating money to bridge the gap in education in Chicago. He has stated that for every $100,000 donation he will be donating another $10,000 to individual public schools around Chicago.
Major props & gratitude to Chance for his work & generous donations. We can all join him & his foundation SocialWorks Inc by going to socialworkschi.org/supportCPS to donate money. Urge the companies that we invest in to invest in our children. Call & email the governor’s office to demand he do the right thing. Also just bring awareness & join in the work. You can organize a fundraiser or any other ideas that you have to find solutions to this problem. The children of Chicago deserve better & we need to do our best to make sure they get it. I will be donating & finding all of the ways in which I can contribute. Please do the same. God bless Chance The Rapper for his kindness & his work. I am a forever fan.