Chance the Rapper announced today that he is donating $1 million to the Chicago Public School Foundation for arts education, after talks with the State’s Governor failed to find a way to end the financial crisis engulfing the Chicago schools.
“Gov. Rauner broke his promise to Chicago’s children,” Chance said, sporting a baby blue baseball cap with the number three emblazoned on it, referencing his third full-length release, “Coloring Book.”
Rauner should have signed a bill in November that would have given Chicago’s schools $215 million to help pay its bills, said Chance.
“Do your job, Gov. Rauner,” said Chance, speaking in the library at Westcott Elementary School surrounded by students in Englewood after being introduced by Principal Monique Dockery.
Chance grew up just a few blocks from the school.
“Our kids should not be held hostage,” Chance said, adding that he is “frustrated and disappointed” by Rauner’s actions, which he said would put Chicago’s children “in harm’s way” if there is no school during the month of June.