On Tuesday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) issued the findings in a letter of intent to revoke the open-enrollment charter of Uplift Fort Worth, the parent organization of two Prime Prep campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth, DallasNews.com reports. Despite having Sanders attached to it, Prime Prep Academy has had problems since it opened in 2012.
Uplift Fort Worth has until July 30 to appeal the recommendation and request a hearing. If it doesn’t appeal, the school’s charter will be revoked, DallasNews noted.
The school’s problems include lawsuits among school board members as well as internal squabbles, and accusations of theft and open meetings violations.
In a letter to Prime Prep Superintendent Ron Price and Uplift board president Chris Lewis, the TEA cited four reasons for shutting down the school.
Those reasons include: the school being ineligible to participate in federal free-and-reduced-lunch program as well as not being able to participate in child nutrition programs. In addition, the letter points out “serious” financial issues from Prime Prep that have not been corrected, thereby resulting in the school running afoul of the Texas Education Code and “generally accepted accounting standards.”
“It is not in the best interest of students to attend a charter school that is ineligible for participation in the NSLP (National School Lunch Program) or any other child nutrition program administered by TDA (Texas Department of Agriculture),” the letter stated.
According to the Dallas News, the Texas Department Agriculture sent a letter to Price in April saying that Prime Prep had until May 12 to repay $45,830.92 it received for providing subsidized meals in fall 2013. The department said the school provided no documentation that those meals were served but filed claims for the money.
For more on the closure of Deion Sanders’ Prime Prep Academy, click here.