Data presented at a local school board meeting revealed that none of the eighth-grade students at LeBron James’ “I Promise School” in Akron, Ohio, have passed state math tests in the last three years. The school, aimed at serving low-achieving students in grades two through eight, received substantial funding of $1.4 million from The LeBron James Foundation, its parent organization. Despite the abundance of resources, the school has struggled to meet state benchmarks.
Dr. Derrick Hall, the Board President, expressed concern about the disparity between the school’s resources and the test results. While acknowledging that the pandemic may have had an impact, he also pointed out that other students without the same level of resources performed better. The disappointing results have left school officials questioning the reasons behind the academic challenges.
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