Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Thousands sign petition calling for LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos

Image credit'LeBron James' by Keith Allison via Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0 Image credit'LeBron James' by Keith Allison via Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0
Shannon Reynolds | 10 August, 2018, 06:31

The petition poses a hypothetical situation in which the public is in charge of hiring a new US secretary of education and they can pick between two candidates - the sports legend James or DeVos. By midday Thursday, there were 11,348 signatures, and the surge of signatures caused organizers to keep increasing their goal. On Friday night, Trump criticized both CNN's Don Lemon and James in a tweet, essentially calling both dumb.

You know LeBron James the National Basketball Association superstar, the philanthropist and soon-to-be Hollywood producer.

"The coverage made it look like the whole thing is his", said Mark Williamson, spokesman for Akron Public Schools district. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?" But it can be seen as a new statement of discontent by critics of the Trump administration and DeVos, who has always been a critic of America's public schools and who once called them "a dead end". "I think it's important to understand that LeBron's was a huge gesture and a huge accomplishment in terms of opening up a public school that can serve his community".

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

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

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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.

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 U.S. president is a former reality show host and businessman whose companies filed for bankruptcy six times. The school triggered lawsuits amid accusations of fraud.

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.

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