Deion Sander’s charter school fights to stay open

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DALLAS (AP) - A charter school co-founded by former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders will appeal the state’s decision to revoke its charter, Superintendent Ron Price said.

The Texas Education Agency notified the Prime Prep Academy earlier this week that it will move to shutter its two campuses, citing mismanagement, financial problems and concerns with the schools’ subsidized meal programs, the Dallas Morning News reported (http://bit.ly/1qh36jd ).

Price said school officials will argue to keep the Dallas and Fort Worth campuses open for 489 students. The school’s appeal will likely keep the campuses open for the fall and the school could operate for months before the state makes a final decision.

“Everybody’s ready to roll up their sleeves and fight for these kids,” Price said. “We’re operating from the standpoint that we’re going to keep functioning.”

The schools’ sports programs have faced scrutiny for recruiting and eligibility allegations. They also have battled employee turnover. In April, the state’s agriculture department said the schools had to repay $45,830.92 it had received for providing subsidized meals in fall 2013 because the school provided no documentation those meals had been served.

Prime Prep Academy has been open for two years and is a play on the NFL Hall of Fame cornerback’s nickname “Prime Time.”

Sanders, who isn’t currently employed by the school, said before that co-founder D.L. Wallace to blame for the school’s troubles and has offered to repay taxpayer funds.

Wallace does not have a listed number and could not be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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