Chance the Rapper to donate $1M to Chicago's public schools

07 March, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Warren Cooper
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Unpaid furloughs, a $15 million cut to charter schools, a $5 million cut to professional development, and a freeze on textbook, technology, and after school program spending from a $31 million discretionary fund are some of the measures taken by the school district but a budget deficit of $129 million persists.

One proposal would give Mayor Rahm Emanuel the one-time authority to transfer TIF money from districts across the city to the school district "given the extraordinary mismanagement of both the city and CPS budgets", according to a memo released by Rauner's office. Without the $215 million, CPS has made moves to cut costs, furloughing employees and freezing school budgets.

While he discussed working with other Chicago natives like Common, Chance is also relying on the help of private citizens.

Rauner and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan have been locked in a bitter fight over the IL budget that has lasted almost two years. School funding for CPS and public schools across the state is now attached to the Illinois Senate's "grand bargain", a bipartisan budget deal comprised of a group of interdependent bills. CPS is the only school district in IL that must pick up almost the entire cost for its teachers' pensions.

The governor's pension plan Monday is one he first pushed past year, but he ultimately vetoed a plan to send money to CPS after Democratic Senate President John Cullerton publicly suggested there had never been a deal linking the two concepts. Rauner said that money was contingent on passage of a larger state pension reform bill, which hasn't happened. Their motion is due by March 24.

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"(Rauner's) plan to fix the fact that Chicago taxpayers pay twice for teacher pensions is to have them pay three times instead", Collins said in a statement.

The school district echoed that call.

Chicago school officials have sued the state, alleging that the way IL funds schools is discriminatory.

"Yet again, Governor Rauner is perpetuating a racially discriminatory state funding system", said CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner.

Becky Vevea covers education for WBEZ.

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