On Friday, Grammy-winning rapper Chance the Rapper met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss the state of public education in his hometown of Chicago.
In December, Rauner vetoed a $215 million funding bill that would have helped Chicago Public Schools pay out their pensions.
Fears were confirmed in January, when CPS announced they would cut $46 million from their 2016-2017 budget.
Chance the Rapper wanted answers from the governor, so a meeting was arranged.
“He gave me a lot of vague answers, so we’ll see what happens,” Chance the Rapper told reporters after the meeting.
A little over 48 hours after that meeting took place, Chance the Rapper held a press conference to announce that he will donate $1 million to CPS. “Friday I met with Governor Bruce Rauner to urge him to do his job and to honor his original commitment to provide $215 million to CPS so our kids can finish the year strong,” Chance said at Westcott Elementary School, wearing one of his signature “3” hats.
Today, I’m proud to announce that I am donating $1 million to CPS to support arts and enrichment programming.
Chance was also a notable presence at the Obamas’ White House farewell party in January.
One million dollars won’t cure CPS’s budgetary woes, but it will certainly help, and as Michelle Obama tweeted, it’s “An example of the power of arts education.”