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Have You Heard: A Star-Powered Promise: LeBron Takes a Shot at School Reform

When LeBron James announced that he was opening a new school in his hometown of Akron, OH the crowd went crazy. James got cheers from public school advocates who applauded his decision to partner with the Akron Public Schools, jeers from skeptics who noted that Akron would be picking up most of the tab, and more than a few questions—including some from listeners to the Have You Heard podcast. In episode #48, we’re joined by Rann Miller, who is an educator, writer and expert in all things LeBron James for a look at the politics and potential of the I Promise school. And another basketball player with an interest in public education makes an appearance. Can you guess who it is?

 

 

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Jennifer Berkshire

Jennifer Berkshire is a freelance journalist and public education advocate. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Baffler, Salon, Alternate, the Progr...

Jack Schneider

Jack Schneider is an assistant professor of education at UMass Lowell and the director of research for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Asses...