Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools

Morgan Amos

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Well known artist, Chance the Rapper, donates a million dollars to Chicago public schools. Chance met with Illinois’ governor, Bruce Rauner, on Friday to discuss recently announced cuts to school funding, and was greatly disappointed. So Chance has decided to address this issue himself.

Chance, who’s from Chicago, announced in a news conference on Monday that he would be donating a million dollars to the public school system in Chicago. In the news conference Chance announced, “Today, I’m proud to announce that I am donating $1 million to CPS to support arts and enrichment programming.”

School officials announced, last month, they would freeze $46 million in spending after Rauner vetoed a $215 million funding bill that schools were relying on. Chicago has had year so of racially biased funding. Chance goes on to comment that while Rauner hasn’t created this system, but he has chose to continue it.

Just over a week later, the Chicago Board of Education and five families of Chicago students brought a lawsuit against the state of Illinois, alleging it prioritizes state funding for schools outside Chicago based on race.

Chance the Rapper also encouraged companies in Chicago and around the country to donate to Chicago schools, calling his contribution “a call to action.”

“While I’m frustrated and disappointed in the governor’s inaction, that will not stop me from continuing to do all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource: it’s children,” Chance said.

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