Everyone has an opinion about Chicago and their Public Schools but no one is really doing anything to actually help. CPS which is the third largest in the nation, also has an alarming budget hole that could end schools early this year for the 400,000 students. Illinois has gone two years without a budget the longest such stalemate of any state in nearly a century.
In steps Chance The Rapper, who after a not so great meeting with the Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner Rep., last Friday. Chance tweeted out that he had a plan for Monday, and boy did he. He showed up at Westcott Elementary School, three blocks from where he grew up, and announced at a news conference that he would donate $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools using money from ticket sales from his upcoming tour.
“Governor Rauner still wont commit to giving Chicago’s kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums,” the rapper said in the news conference, broadcast on Periscope. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political position.” Rauner’s office did not respond directly to Chance’s criticism.
The rapper gave a “call to action” to local and national corporations and individuals to also invest in the district. He added that for every $100,000 raised, Social Works Chicago, which Chance co-founded, will donate $10,00 directly to a specific public school in Chicago.
The fist $10,000 check would go to Westcott Elementary, a highly rated school in the West Chatham neighborhood that educates students who are mostly black and poor, the Chicago Tribune reported.