Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Petition calls for LeBron James to be U.S. Secretary of Education

Petition calls for LeBron James to be U.S. Secretary of Education

Since LeBron opened the I Promise school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, more than 16,000 people have signed the Care2 petition, which asks President Trump to get rid of DeVos in favor of the four-time National Basketball Association champ.

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.

James and current Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, are each of the two "candidates" listed on the petition.

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".

James recently opened his I Promise school, which will serve predominantly low-income students in Akron, Ohio.

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

Trump jabbed James on Twitter on Saturday, calling the new Los Angeles Laker unintelligent after James told CNN's Don Lemon in an interview about his newly opened OH school that Trump uses sports to "divide" Americans.

US First Lady Melania Trump was among those who later supported James, praising him for opening the school and adding that the player "is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation". 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.

Such a shift doesn't seem likely, though, especially given the testy relationship between President Trump and James, who will soon produce a Showtime documentary series.

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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