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Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's chief education adviser says the governor won't support an overhaul of the Illinois school-funding formula if it benefits Chicago Public Schools "at the expense" of others.

The Illinois Senate approved legislation Wednesday aimed at eliminating the disparity in spending between affluent school districts and those serving poorer communities. Similar legislation has been introduced in the House.

Both Democratic proposals would establish a funding target for each school district that reflects the needs of its students.

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Despite a judge's decision Friday to toss Chicago Public Schools' civil rights lawsuit against the state, Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared late Friday that classes will not end early as CPS officials had threatened.

"The children of the city of Chicago will be in school until the end of the school year," Emanuel said at news conference late Friday afternoon.

The mayor did not say where the city will get the money to keep schools open.

Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools Tuesday.  

He characterized it as a "call to action", and comes after a meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner.  The governor had congratulated Chance for his recent grammy wins, and invited him to meet.  However, Chance, who supports increased funding for the school district, says the meeting wasn't successful.  

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Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to press for immediate funding for cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, but says he left "flustered" over "vague answers."

  

Friday's unusual one-on-one meeting comes as the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers are locked in a two-year budget stalemate.

The meeting was set after the rapper - real name Chancelor Bennett - won three Grammys last month. Rauner tweeted congratulations, and Chance, who attended Chicago schools, asked for a sit-down.

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Chicago Public Schools officials are seeking a preliminary injunction barring the state of Illinois from disbursing education funds until it adequately funds the state's largest school district.

Faced with a huge deficit and an upcoming teacher pension payment, CEO Forrest Claypool said Monday the Chicago school year could end three weeks early on June 1 if the state doesn't come through with funds.

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