The donation was a nice gesture Chance, unfortunately you just threw a million dollars down a proven rat hole that has a decades long history of mismanaging funds. You would have been better off piling the money up in your back yard and burning it, at least then you would have gotten warmth from your money. The key focus is being overlooked here, the major problem in CPS is greedy teachers that have continually taken money to accommodate their needs at the expense of the kids.
Over the weekend here in Chicago there were 9 kids found living with no heat and no food in an Englewood apartment, I can’t help wondering what a portion of that 1 million dollars could have done for those kids if the money was managed properly.
Chance there is a lot of good you could do for your community with your money but giving it to CPS is just foolish.
Article by Vic Maggio
Chance the Rapper’s unusual intervention into Chicago Public Schools’ funding crisis took an even more curious turn Monday when the Grammy-winner presented a $1 million check to city schools and urged Gov. Bruce Rauner to use his executive powers to help the nation’s third-largest district.
The Republican governor, a former venture capitalist, responded by noting his own philanthropy and floating Chicago school funding ideas that would face tough odds in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Illinois has gone two years without a budget, the longest such stalemate of any state in nearly a century.
The back-and-forth came after a meeting Friday between Rauner and the artist — whose real name is Chancelor Bennett — that left the rapper visibly agitated. Chance asked for the meeting after he won three Grammys last month, including best new artist, and Rauner tweeted congratulations.
The Chicago native stopped at an elementary school near where he grew up to announce the donation to a schools’ foundation, calling himself a “public school kid.” He also accused Rauner of failing to present solutions without “caveats or ultimatums.”
“This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about posturing. This is about taking care of the kids,” he said. “Everybody and their mama knows what’s going on in Chicago. We’re about to enhance the conversation on supporting and funding the education of the kids in Chicago.”
At the heart of rapper’s beef with Rauner is $215 million in teacher pension relief for Chicago schools that he vetoed last year. Rauner said a broader pension overhaul was needed, part of his push for pro-business and long-term reforms. However, the school district of roughly 400,000 students had factored the money into its roughly $5.4 billion budget and had to make mid-year cuts. The district has also proposed ending the school year early to save money.
Rauner, who called the meeting a “good exchange of views,” circulated plans before Chance’s public appearance for ways to recover the $215 million; both require state legislation. One option calls for using up most of Chicago’s special taxing district funds, set aside for capital projects, for a one-time infusion. The other would attach the funding to broader pension reform.
Chicago officials rejected both, saying Illinois’ school funding formula is fundamentally unfair to the largely minority and poor school district. CPS has sued the state over the calculation and argues the district is further penalized since it’s the only one in Illinois where local taxpayers, not the state, help pay teacher pension costs.
Chance also dismissed the plans, saying he wasn’t a politician.
Article Org: foxnewschicago.com