A petition calling for NBA star LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos as the US Secretary of Education. UU It has exceeded its initial objective and has received more than 15,000 signatures.
President Donald Trump appears as the recipient of the Care2 petition asking people to imagine that they can choose between James, 33, and DeVos, 60, for the federal cabinet position, which is responsible for the education of more than 74 million children in the country.
"The first candidate is the famous athlete LeBron James, a highly respected and extremely influential advocate and community activist who recently opened a state-of-the-art public school for children at risk in Akron, Ohio," the petition says.
Popular opinion: a viral petition is calling for NBA star LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos as US Secretary of Education. UU
This is for you: President Donald Trump is listed as the recipient of the Care2 petition asking James, 33, to replace DeVos, 60, as US Secretary of Education. UU
"The second candidate is Betsy DeVos, a Republican donor plagued by scandals that shows an inexcusable aversion to public education, wants to ban the protections for women and minorities, and has advocated that teachers be armed in schools."
James has been widely praised and received national media coverage for his support of children at risk when his I Promise public school was officially opened last month.
The NBA star personally donated millions through his LeBron James Family Foundation, worked to secure the sponsorship and will ultimately have a great influence on the school program.
However, the Akron district will end up paying about 75 percent of the costs, $ 8 million, once it is fully established.
Who do you prefer? The petition calls DeVos & # 39; a Republican donor charged with scandals that shows an inexcusable aversion to public education & # 39;
Growing: Care2's petition has received thousands of signatures after exceeding its initial objective. At the time of publication, it had more than 15,000 signatures
DeVos, meanwhile, is currently facing a violent reaction to the news that his $ 40 million yacht, one of his family's 10 luxury yachts, is registered under a Cayman Islands flag, despite being used in Michigan.
The current education secretary never attended a public school or state university and all four of her children were sent to private schools. Many critics argue that she is not qualified for the position and talks negatively about her wealth.
"Betsy DeVos was hired without setting foot in a public school, and she took every opportunity to work against the interests of the children, teachers and families she promised to serve, we certainly deserve better!" The petition says. .
At the time of publication, the petition has been signed more than 15,000 times and has a new target of 16,000 signatures.
Good action: the NBA star has been widely praised for her support of children at risk after her I Promise public school officially opened last month (pictured)
Coincidence? The petition comes almost a week after President Trump insulted James' intelligence on Twitter after the athlete's interview with Don Lemon.
The beginning of everything: the president's comments led many to take to Twitter to argue that James would be a much better choice for the secretary of education than DeVos
The petition comes almost a week after President Trump insulted James' intelligence on Twitter after the athlete's interview with Don Lemon about his new public school.
& # 39; Lebron James has just been interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. It made Lebron look smart, which is not easy to do. I like Mike! Trump tweeted last Friday.
The president's comments led many to take to Twitter to argue that James would be a much better choice for the education secretary than DeVos.
"At least unlike Betsy DeVos, LeBron James supports education," responded Miranda Yaver.
"Then Trump called LeBron James" stupid "for opening a school for children in his hometown," replied Abed A. Ayoub. "If that's stupid, I wonder how he would call Betsy DeVos for doing absolutely nothing for schools and children throughout the United States. "
Criticism: However, there were those who felt that James is receiving too much credit for his new public school because most of the costs will come from taxpayers
And Ed Krassenstein added: "The LeBron James school will help American children at risk succeed, without making them pay a dime. The Trump school settled a $ 25 million lawsuit after swindling students without money and without providing anything in return. Meanwhile, Betsy DeVos makes it easier for scammers to cheat. "
However, there were those who felt that James is receiving too much credit for his new public school because most of the costs will come from taxpayers.
& # 39; These idiots! He opened a school and is making taxpayers pay for the majority if that's it! It's a tax deduction for him, that's all, "he wrote a tweet in reference to the viral petition asking James to replace DeVos.
"I am so happy that the Democrats are supporting Betsy Devos Charter School coupons now, I wonder how many people know that the cost of LeBron James will be transferred to the taxpayers, someone else added.
"For @KingJames critics to pay 25% of the school, not 100%, keep in mind that it is a public school, not private, benefits the district and ALL citizens of the district, and is paying in perpetuity. 2 million a year, he's giving 20 years of help against the ONE @ BetsyDeVosED yacht By the way, she has 12 yachts, another person pointed out.