Thousands Petition for LeBron James to Be Made Secretary of Education

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Thousands of people have signed a petition supporting the idea of having National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James replace current Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

"He's shown he cares about America's youth and understands the power of public education in helping children meet their true potential", the petition sayd about James.

James celebrated the opening of his "I Promise" public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio late in July - which will serving around 300 at-risk children and their families - providing them with free lunch, textbooks, classes, tutoring, and free bicycles.

"Unfortunately, Trump and his cronies chose Betsy DeVos for us and we are stuck with an uncaring Education Chief who has fought against teachers and has even expressed disdain for the very department she heads.at least until now", the petition reads.

DeVos, who has been U.S. secretary of education since 2017, was described in the document as "a scandal-ridden Republican donor who shows an inexcusable dislike for public education".


Bleacher Report recently noted that his school could eventually cost taxpayers about $8 million per year.

"The second candidate is Betsy DeVos, a scandal-ridden Republican donor who shows an inexcusable dislike for public education, wants to gut protections for women and minorities, and has advocated for teachers to be armed in schools".

At the time of publication, the petition has been signed more than 15,000 times and has a new goal of 16,000 signatures.

After James's "I Promise" school, a collaboration between Akron's public schools and James's foundation, opened last week, James spoke of Trump in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon and said the president was using sports "to divide us".

'Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. We certainly deserve better! He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do. "He did a lot, but taxpayers should know it's their investment, too".

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