Giving Schools a Chance

Aneesia Dejurnett, Staff Writer

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The grammy award winning artist, Chance the Rapper, took action last Friday after he found governor Bruce Rauner was going to cut school funds.

School officials had announced they were going to freeze 46 million dollars for spending after Rauner voted a 215 million funding bill for the schools. “Gov. Rauner did not create this unjust system, but he has chosen to perpetuate it, violating the civil rights of hundreds of thousands of Chicago schoolchildren and threatening their futures,” Forrest Claypool, Chicago Public Schools CEO, stated. People were looking for solutions to this problem but it seemed like the only option was to add the school to SB16, a bill that involves state employee pension packages.

After hearing this news, Chance announced that he would be donating 1 million dollars to the Chicago Public School system.”Today, I’m proud to announce that I am donating $1 million to CPS to support arts and enrichment programming,” Chance stated in a news conference.

Chance also encouraged companies to donate, saying such donations would be answering ‘A call to action’. ‘A call to action would make it so that in addition to this money for every 100,00 dollars raised, SocialWorks would donate 10,000 dollars to schools around Chicago.

“While I’m frustrated and disappointed in the governor’s inaction, that will not stop me from continuing to do all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource: it’s children,” Chance said.

 

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