LeBron James for Secretary of Education?

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FILE – In this Monday, July 30, 2018, file photo, LeBron James speaks at the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. James has yet to play a minute for the Los Angeles Lakers, yet the NBA superstar is churning out content for the small screen. James is behind the three-part documentary […]

A growing group of people want NBA superstar LeBron James to get a new job.

WKYC in Cleveland reports thousands of people have signed a petition calling for LeBron James to replace Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

“LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country,” the petition declares. “He’s shown he cares about America’s youth and understands the power of public education in helping children meet their true potential.”

As of 8 am Thursday 8,900 signatures have been added to the petition.

The petition comes days after President Trump suggested in a controversial tweet Friday that James isn’t smart. The tweet said, “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”

WKYC reported the petition’s creator makes the case this way. “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!”

The creator of the petition also argues that DeVos is not working for the best interest of educators and students saying, “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!”

Would you sign this petition? You can find it here.

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