Chance The Rapper, the Chicago native and acclaimed rapper is once again letting his voice be heard. Taking out an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune, he is calling for the Chicago Public School System to keep the Southside’s schools open.
The op-ed is specifically in regards to the National Teacher’s Academy, a Southside school with about an 80 percent African American student body. It recently was awarded the “highest school rating,” by Chicago Public Schools. Due to lack of funding and the desire of Chicago Public Schools to turn the acclaimed elementary school into a high school, the National Teacher’s Academy recently closed.
“I’m an advocate for education,” said Chance. “My organization, SocialWorks, and I have worked tirelessly over the past two years for the students, parents, teachers, and principals within Chicago Public Schools”. His advocacy and dedication is not going unnoticed by his community.
Bureaucracy is not new in Chicago, from politics to education, the city always seems to be marred in some sort of public trial. Schools on the Southside have historically been underfunded, understaffed, and disregarded, yet Chance is determined to change the narrative around the school system.
Last year Chance made a $1 million dollar donation to Chicago Public Schools. As well through his non-profit organization, SocialWorks, they have raised over $2 million dollars. Generous and important donations for the greater good of the city.
Chance is a proud native of Chicago and through his music and public appearances he constantly tells the world of his love for his hometown. Chance is a constant force for good in Chicago.
You can read his piece in full here.