The New York Daily News reports:
An online petition advocating for LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos as the United States Secretary of Education is garnering a wave of public support. More than 16,000 people have signed the plea, which was published to the Care2 Petitions website less than two weeks after the new Los Angeles Laker opened a public school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio for at-risk third and fourth graders.
James, 33, announced last month that 240 students will enroll at his “I Promise School” this year, and he aspires to have 1,000 kids there by 2020. The school plans to serve first-through-eighth grade students by 2022, with first and second graders being added next year. The four-time NBA MVP also vowed to pay the students’ full tuition to the local University of Akron following high school.
From the petition:
Sign my petition calling for DeVos to be fired and LeBron James to be named as U.S. Secretary of Education! LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country. He’s shown he cares about America’s youth and understands the power of public education in helping children meet their true potential.
Betsy DeVos was hired without ever setting foot in a public school — and she’s taken every opportunity to work against the interests of the children, teachers, and families she has pledged to serve. We certainly deserve better!
I know that’s it’s unlikely that Lebron James would give up his highly successful career — especially since he has been generous enough to use that influence to be an inspirational community and youth advocate for millions. Even more unlikely is that Lebron would ever stand to work for Donald Trump and his hateful rhetoric … but it’s worth a try!