Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Thousands sign petition to appoint LeBron James as U.S. secretary of education

Don Lemon Don Lemon
Cassandra Castillo | 10 August, 2018, 06:31

As of Thursday morning, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding that LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers replace Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Secretary of Education.

The president's comments led many to take to Twitter to argue that James would be a much better choice for secretary of education than DeVos.

"LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country", the petition reads. That number climbed to almost 11,000 signatures by 11 a.m.

"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.

"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon".

"The coverage made it look like the whole thing is his", said Mark Williamson, spokesman for Akron Public Schools district.

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Now, there's the petition (reported on by The Hill), which nobody expects to result in a career move for James. Charters are publicly funded but privately operated and a favorite of DeVos.

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.

Some who shared the sentiment have grown exhausted of DeVos, saying she's "taken every opportunity to work against the interests of the children, teachers, and families she has pledged to serve".

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. He opened up the for-profit, non-accredited Trump University that is defunct. Trump's school settled a lawsuit for $25 million after scamming students out of money and providing them nothing in return.

DeVos is a MI billionaire who spent decades supporting alternatives to traditional public schools, never attended a public school, never sent her children to one. But how would you feel about LeBron the politician?

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