Chance the Rapper plans CPS funding announcement Monday at 2 pm

Phillip Butler
March 7, 2017

Chance the Rapper has been very vocal about his support for Chicago schools, going as far as to meet with IL governor Bruce Rauner about his concerns regarding public education, though he called that meeting "flustering".

In addition, Chance made a call-to-action to Chicago business owners and wealthy individuals to step up and donate to Chicago schools. Chance let the students, faculty, and press in attendance know that the money came from his concert ticket sales from his tour along with the assistance of AEG, Ticketmaster, and Livenation, which are competing companies.

Chance the Rapper is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools - and for every $100K donated to his non-profit, Social Works, the organization will donate an additional $10K to a specific school.

To the surprise of Westcott Elementary's principal, Monique Dockery, her school was the first recipient and Bennett handed her a large check at Monday's press conference.

Bennett faulted Rauner Friday for giving "vague answers" to his questions, noting that he asked the governor about the $215 million in Chicago Public Schools funding the governor vetoed last December.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is circulating a memo with options for funding Chicago Public Schools days after a meeting with Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper.

Rauner's administration circulated a memo Monday with options for recovering $215 million in pension relief he vetoed previous year.

Rauner's office did not immediately comment on Chance's announcement.

"Chicago Public Schools and I did not lose today", he tweeted after the meeting. He attended city schools.

Chance also met with Black Lives Matter activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate Deray McKesson, who said they talked about education funding.

Chicago school officials have sued the state, alleging that the way IL funds schools is discriminatory.

The two sat down for a highly unusual, one-on-one meeting last week to discuss CPS funding amid a two-year state budget standoff. Rauner says he wants long-term reforms.

Those cuts leave a CPS deficit of $129 million, officials said.

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