LeBron James could have followed the well-worn path of other celebrities by putting money into a charter school (e.g., Andre Agassi, whose Las Vegas charter school was so bad that it was handed off to a New York City charter operator).
But, no, he partnered with the Akron public schools to open a public school.
Good on LeBron!
Read here. Or here for the transcript.
View the video, where he says: “We literally have a school. It’s not a charter school, it’s not a private school, it’s a real-life school in my hometown. And this is pretty cool.”
The kids in his schools will have lots of wraparound services and, if they graduate, free college.
LeBron is giving back to the schools that made his success possible. He knows exactly what he is doing.
LeBron is creating a model of what a public school can be if it is well funded.