Chicago Public Schools

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.

"Courtroom" by Flickr User Karen Neoh / (CC X 2.0)

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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Chicago Public Schools officials say they'll restore $15 million of once-frozen discretionary funds to some of the district's poorest schools.

The move increases the district's budget gap to $129 million.  

Officials had reduced principal's discretionary funds to cut costs. The money is used for school supplies, among other things.

Chicago's schools are suing Illinois' governor and other state officials over how the state funds schools, claiming it violates the civil rights of the predominantly-minority student population in the nation's third-largest school district.

Tuesday's lawsuit was filed in Cook County on behalf of black and Hispanic families. It seeks to have a judge declare the formula unlawful.

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