Chance the Rapper Comes Through ‘BIGTIME’ For The Kids In Chicago Pledging $1 Million For Chicago Public Schools
An emotional Chance the Rapper just pledged $1 million to help the children of Chicago.
The rapper described his donation as a “call to action” as he asked for similar contributions from the city’s business community.
In a press conference at Chicago’s Westcott Elementary School Chance said “Gov. Rauner can use his executive power to help get Chicago’s children the resources they need to fulfill their God-given right to learn,” the musician said. “Gov. Rauner still won’t commit to give Chicago’s kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums.”
“Gov. Rauner, do your job,” said Chance.
Chance said the governor pulled back on an “important commitment” to ease the district’s enormous pension burden with $215 million in assistance.
“Gov. Rauner broke his promise to Chicago children a few months ago as a result of an admitted emotional reaction,” Chance said. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positioning.
“This isn’t about politics, this isn’t about posturing. This is about taking care of the kids. Everybody and their momma knows about what’s going on in Chicago, it’s constantly talked about. But we’re about to enhance the conversation,” the rapper said.
The money, which Chance said will come from ticket sales from an upcoming tour, will go to CPS’ fundraising foundation.
“Yet again, Gov. Rauner is perpetuating a racially discriminatory state funding system and his so-called plan actually demands that Chicago students do more to get the same funding that every other student in the state of Illinois is entitled to receive — a gross disparity that has no place in 2017,” CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner said in a statement. “Chicago residents stepped up and are paying $342 million more in taxes this year alone to support schools, and it’s past time for the state of Illinois to end the racial discrimination that is creating a separate and unequal funding system.”
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