Chance The Rapper Is Not Here For The Politics Behind Chicago's Education Funding Crisis
After hearing Chicago Public School layoff news, Lil' Chano took to Twitter to express his concerns.
August 08, 2017 at 8:35 pm
One more time for Lil’ Chano from 79th speaking out on behalf of his city!
Chance The Rapper recently took to Twitter to respond to some discouraging news reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Sun-Times confirmed a layoff of almost 1,000 Chicago Public Schools employees, including 350 teachers.
Chance also retweeted a Chicago Tribune article which reported on Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a school funding bill, a decision which yanked millions of dollars away from Chicago Public Schools.
Chance has essentially become the face of young activism in Chicago. He famously donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, spearheaded a voter registration drive and created a city arts fund, among other things.
Recently Chance even served as the grand marshal for the Bud Billiken Parade, an annual parade celebrating back-to-school season in Chicago.
Of course, Chance followed the news report retweets with commentary of his own, and focused on the irony of the layoffs preceding that back-to-school parade.
All in time for the back to school parade Saturday smh. #supportCPS— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 8, 2017
After taking out a $275mm loan from Chase 😑 CPS still has to layoff 900+ employees including 356 of our teachers. Wtf. #supportcps— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 8, 2017
Chance hasn't shied away from criticizing Rauner or Mayor Rahm Emanuel, either. At last weekend's Lollapalooza, the rapper clapped back at the mayor publicly, shouting to the mayor, who was at the festival, "Come at me, Rahm!" according to the Chicago Tribune.
Mayor and Gov and House all have independent powers and capabilities to fund CPS individually https://t.co/FMuU2zkUJ6— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 8, 2017
His #supportCPS hashtag called for Chicago citizens to take action, tweeting, "Vote man. Or vote against."
Vote man. Or vote against. #supportcps— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 8, 2017