LeBron James as Secretary of Education petition started

Annette Crawford
August 10, 2018

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.

In her petition, Rebecca G. details how James' I PROMISE School aids at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

US President Donald Trump, who was named the sole recipient of the petition, recently mocked James on Twitter, responding to criticism from the four-time NBA MVP over the leader's stance on the National Football League anthem protests.

Describing DeVos as a "scandal-ridden Republican donor", the petition says "we are stuck with an uncaring Education Chief who has fought against teachers and has even expressed disdain for the very department she heads".

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

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 has been signed by almost 8,500 people as of 6 a.m. Thursday.

Trump didn't take long to fire back at James after the long-known critic of the 45th president told CNN host Don Lemon in an interview about his newest charitable deed, in which James slammed Trump - saying he uses sports to "divide" Americans and would "never" sit across from him. He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do. "I like Mike!" Trump tweeted in reaction to James' interview. We certainly deserve better!' the petition reads.

However, there were those that felt James is getting too much credit for his new public school because the majority of the costs will come from taxpayers.

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