Chance the Rapper announced today in a press conference held at Westcott Elementary School that he'd be donating a whopping $1 million dollars to the Chicago Public Schools system, with additional $10 thousand dollar sums from his nonprofit organization, SocialWorks, going to specific CPS locations.
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Today's news comes after Chance met with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner last week. The artist said that the meeting was not successful, and that "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. Gov. Rauner still won't commit to give Chicago's kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums."
Governor Rauner had offered $215 million in said to CPS in exchange for one of two options of political maneuvering from state Democrats--but with the Illinois party system in deadlock, that promise was all but empty.
Chance continued: "Gov. Rauner broke his promise to Chicago children a few months ago as a result of an admitted emotional reactionOur kids should not be held hostage because of political positioning."
The musician's donations will go toward arts programming in the city's public schools. More info on the state's education situation is available here.