Much fan fare has been given to LeBron James for his Promise School in Akron, Ohio. While he can be credited for his ole in helping school children and his donations to do so, the media coverage on this has been decidedly deceptive. As quoted from the Cleveland Metro News here:
“This school would not have happened without the partnership with LeBron James,” said district Treasurer Ryan Pendleton.
On the other hand, I Promise is a district school. It’s not a private school or even a charter school, a form of public schools that are funded with tax dollars but are privately-run.
Though James will have a huge influence on the school, I Promise will be run by the district.
It’s a district-owned building. The district will hire and pay the teachers and administration. Kids will ride district buses to school. And they will all eat the free breakfast and lunch the district gives all students.
I Promise will eventually cost about $8 million a year to run out of the district’s regular budget, covered mostly by shifting students, teachers and money from other schools, the district says.
“The coverage made it look like the whole thing is his,” said district spokesman Mark Williamson. “He did a lot, but taxpayers should know it’s their investment too.”
Again, the media coverage over LeBron and this school has been decidedly deceptive. LeBron is currently the establishment media`s pet of the week though, as he is the latest high profile figure to berate President Trump, despite his statement being false. Had this been someone like President Trump that had founded the school or anyone else that the media and establishment do not support you can bet story would go- “President Trump tires to take credit for school, but in reality it will cost taxpayers around $8 million a year”. In relation to this, there has been no stories at all about the organizations President Trump has been donating his quarterly $100,000 salary to. Likewise, while pretending to care about kids, the alt left had Eric Trump`s St Jude charity shut down. He had previously raised close to $15 million for St Jude.