Deion Sanders’ Prime Prep surrenders its charter

by Jeff Fisher

WFAA-TV in Dallas is reporting that Deion SandersPrime Prep Academy is close to extinction.

Reporter Brett Shipp says that the school has surrendered its charter, turning over operations to the state.  The story says that the move will likely result in the closing of the school by the end of the year.

The school has had numerous struggles since it opened three years ago.  Last summer, the Texas Education Agency stepped-in to revoke PPA’s charter after finding improper financial management and that the school wasn’t complying with the state eduction code.

When the school opened in 2012, it had 1,100 students from the elementary level through the 12th grade.  In particular, the school was pitched to elite athletes, but almost immediately there problems getting athletes eligible to play — in high school, and in college.  After not being able to field an eligible team under the University Interscholastic League rules, PPA pulled-out of the UIL.  It began as a 3A school, finishing 1-5 during the 2012 season.

Prime Prep then joined the Texas Christian Athletic League, finishing 7-1 in 2013 and 9-2 last year.

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