Petition: Fire Betsy DeVos and Make LeBron James Secretary of Education

LeBron James has been trending in education circles lately due to the founding of his school.

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The I Promise School, has won so much praise from outside observers that many seem to want LeBron James to play an even bigger role in education.

An online petition has been started with the goal of firing now secretary of state Betsy DeVos and replacing her with current NBA superstar LeBron James.

The petition criticizes Betsy Devos just as much as it praises LeBron James. Taking her to task for her rumored ill-will toward public education and previous scandals:

The first candidate is famed athlete LeBron James, a highly respected and extremely influential community advocate and activist who recently opened a state-of-the-art public school for at-risk children in Akron, Ohio — with community services on-site like job placement for parents, guaranteed college tuition for every student who graduates, and a score of other student services like a FREE bicycle and helmet.

The second candidate is Betsy DeVos, a scandal-ridden Republican donor who shows an inexcusable dislike for public education, wants to gut protections for women and minorities, and has advocated for teachers to be armed in schools.

This obviously has zero chance of happening. First of all, the recipient of the petition, President Donald J. Trump, is not exactly the biggest fan of LeBron. Additionally, the Trump administration has been floating the idea of merging the entire Education Department with the Department of Labor.

But just because it won’t happen, doesn’t mean there is no support. When I wrote this piece, the petition had over 7,335 supporters. It’s on its way to the goal of 8,000.

Online petitions have become something of a cyber form of protesting. They don’t always accomplish their goal, but the viral nature of them helps to state grievances to aggregate support for a message. This petition’s message is loud and clear: Some people are not happy with the direction taken by Betsy DeVos.

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.