Thousands sign petition calling for LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos

Thousands sign petition to appoint Le Bron James as US secretary of education

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The petition has obviously spun out of the news about the I Promise school opened in OH on July 30 by the self-proclaimed "King" of basketball, fanned by flames of the to-and-fro following President Donald Trump's recent remarks about James' intelligence.

"LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country", the petition declares.

LeBron James at the opening ceremonies of the I Promise School
LeBron James at the opening ceremonies of the I Promise School

'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'. Six days after James opened his "I Promise" school in Akron, a public school aimed at educating underserved youth, Curry, along with his wife Ayesha, opened the Stephen and Ayesha Curry Family Foundation Education Lab at Bushrod Recreation Center in Oakland, a few rooms away from the gym he refurbished in January.

However, the Akron district will actually end up paying around 75 per cent of costs - $8 million - once it is fully established.

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The current secretary of education never attended a public school or state university and all four of her children were sent to private schools. We certainly deserve better!

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

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During a recent conversation with Don Lemon, LeBron had this to say regarding Trump, "What I've noticed over the past few months, he's kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to". On Friday night, Trump criticized both CNN's Don Lemon and James in a tweet, essentially calling both dumb. He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do.

The petition calls for public support to help get James named as head of the nation's education, glossing over the enormous hypothetical that Trump would have to name him. The school triggered lawsuits amid accusations of fraud. "He did a lot, but taxpayers should know it's their investment, too".

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