Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.
Basketball great LeBron James deserves every bit of the praise he’s getting for opening a new public school, the I Promise school, in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The academy, which started its first academic year on July 30 with third- and fourth-graders, aims to help academically challenged students by providing not only traditional educational programs but also a host of support services, including counseling and health checkups, to children and their parents.
This is just the sort of intervention and experimentation that public schools need. Supported by millions of dollars from James’ charitable foundation, the school, which will eventually go through eighth grade, will have a longer academic day — and school year — than most.…