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LeBron James speaks at the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, Monday, July 30, 2018. The I Promise School is supported by the The LeBron James Family Foundation and is run by the Akron Public Schools. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Petition to make LeBron James secretary of education gains traction

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — An online petition is gaining steam to make LeBron James secretary of education, replacing Betsy DeVos.

As of Thursday morning, over 8,500 people signed the petition, nearing its 9,000 person goal.

"LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country," said the petitions creator Rebecca G. "He's shown he cares about America's youth and understands the power of public education in helping children meet their true potential."

The online petition comes after James opened his I PROMISE School in Akron last month. The school is part of the public school system and offers graduates free tuition to University of Akron.

"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," added the petition's creator. "Even more unlikely is that Lebron would ever stand to work for Donald Trump and his hateful rhetoric ... but it's worth a try!"

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Trump recently criticized James' interview for the opening of the school, saying "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!"

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