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Rapper “Chance” Contributes $1 Million To Chicago Public Schools

Photo Courtesy of The Odyssey Online

Photo Courtesy of The Odyssey Online

Marlene Espinoza, Staff Writer

Chance, the rapper, annunciates that he is contributing $1 million to Chicago public schools at a Westcott Elementary School conference on Monday.

In addition, he disclosed that he will speak further about funding with “Common”.

According to pitchfork.com, his announcement followed his meeting with Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner, last week, where both public education and other critical matters affecting Chicago and Illinois will be discussed.

Although Chance took the initiative, Governor Rauner responded “vaguely” and seemed unwilling to cooperate.

Chance stated that his contribution would be used toward “afterschool and enrichment programs” in Chicago public schools.Funds would be taken from “ticket sales from his upcoming tour.”

In addition to his own donations, Chance calls others “to give as well” and states that his “non-profit social works” would also donate an extra $10,000 to “a different Chicago school for every $100,000 raised”and a list of corporations, who have begun to support Chance and his fight to save Chicago public schools, will soon be revealed.

In order for Chance to accomplish a meeting with Illinois Governor, Rauner, he needed three Grammys, which he announced last week at Westcott Elementary School.

Due to miscommunication, both Chance and Rauner did not come to an agreement. Because Rauner vetoed a bill in December, which could have rescued Chicago public schools from a debt of $215 million, C.P.S.  have no other option, but, to “end school 20 days early.”

Although the discussion between Illinois Governor, Rauner and Rapper, Chance about school cuts was unsuccessful, Chance insists on addressing the matter himself.

“This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about posturing,” Chance replied, “Everybody and their mama knows about what’s going on in Chicago.”

Due to cuts, 400,000 children would not be able to attend school for the entire month of June. Because Chicago’s neighborhoods are “racked by violence,” children will be put in “harm’s way.”

“Give Chicago’s children the resources they need to fulfill their God-given right to learn,” stated Chance.

After Rauner stated that Democratic leaders “publicly reneged on a pension reform measure to slash state employee retirement costs,” he decided not to support Chance on saving C.P.S.

Chance adds that Rauner would not “commit to the funding.” He also stated that the governor “broke his promise to Chicago’s children,” when he vetoed the bill to help fund C.P.S.

“As you guys know, I’m not a politician,” replied Chance.

In fact, he wasn’t looking for “slashed government subsidies.”

The 23-year old rapper was born to an “activist” family. His father, Ken Bennett, was a former assistant to Harold Washington, “the first black mayor of Chicago in the 1980’s” and a former deputy chief of staff to “current Mayor,” Rahm Emanuel, “a top official in the Obama Administration.”Chance, a.k.a. Chancellor Bennett, was a former graduate of C.P.S. and a three time Grammy winner last month, “without a former record label.”

According to CNN, a lawsuit against the State of Illinois was filed by the Chicago Board of Education and five families of Chicago students, claiming “it prioritizes state funding outside Chicago based on race.”

Chance is pleading other corporations to help support his fight to rescue C.P.S. Not only has he captured the attention of Chicago, but, the former first lady, Michelle Obama on Twitter.

“Thanks for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much,”  said Michelle Obama.

Obama declares, “You are an example of the power of arts education.”

Although things went sour at Chance’s 30 minute meeting with Governor Rauner, he urges others to help support C.P.S.

“As a private citizen, as a parent, and a product of C.P.S.,” noted Chance, “I’m asking that you guys join the fight with me. Organize with me. Mobilize with me.”

To help support C.P.S., Chance has “updated his website with a link,”and insists that Governor Rauner “keep his promise to Chicago’s children.”

Chance  states, “Governor Rauner, do your job!”

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