Texas: Football Star’s Charter Revoked

From Diane Ravitch comes this latest news…

Texas: Football Star’s Charter Revoked

This is a press release from the Texas Education Agency about the revocation of the charter of Prime Prep Charter School, the school founded by football great Deion Sanders. Nowhere does TEA admit that the original flaw was handing students and public funds to a non-educator with no qualifications to run a school.

http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2015/Statement_of_Commissioner_Michael_Williams_regarding_closure_of_Prime_Prep_Academy/

TEA News Releases Online Jan. 30, 2015

Statement of Commissioner Michael Williams regarding closure of Prime Prep Academy

AUSTIN – The Board of Managers for Prime Prep Academy today voted to cease operations of its Dallas and Fort Worth campuses effective at the end of the school day today. Commissioner of Education Michael Williams issued the following statement:

“After reviewing the financial information discovered over the past week, I agree with the Prime Prep board of managers’ decision to cease operation immediately. I recognize this was a difficult decision for board members to make. While there was hope this charter could survive through the end of the school year, the financial resources simply aren’t there. It is unfortunate that those who remained committed to learning on these campuses – the students and teachers – are the ones who will be affected most by circumstances out of their control.

“Parents, students and teachers at Prime Prep are now forced to find an education alternative in the middle of the school year. I have directed Texas Education Agency staff to begin providing whatever information we can to help them maneuver through this unexpected transition. In light of what we now know, such upheaval could have been avoided by the previous school leadership had they acknowledged their financial issues and worked with us toward an orderly transition that put students first.”

Commissioner Williams announced his decision to appoint a board of managers and an interim superintendent to oversee the management of Prime Prep Academy (a charter held by Uplift Fort Worth) on Jan. 13, following multiple reports of deteriorating financial conditions at the charter school. The board of managers was sworn into office on Jan. 23.

In addition, an administrative law judge of the State Office of Administrative Hearing granted a default judgment on Jan. 27 regarding revocation of the Uplift Fort Worth CDC charter. A final order from the judge is pending.

Prime Prep Academy was awarded its charter by the State Board of Education in September 2011. The school opened its doors on Aug. 14, 2012.

http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2015/TEA_offers_transition_information_to_students,_parents_and_staff_following_Prime_Prep_Academy_closure/

TEA News Releases Online Jan. 30, 2015
TEA offers transition information to students, parents and staff following Prime Prep Academy closure

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will provide transition information to students, parents, teachers and staff of Prime Prep Academy following a vote this afternoon by the charter’s board of managers to cease operations immediately. Due to the charter school’s current financial situation, board members determined that continued operation through the end of the school year was not a viable option.

Information packets will be distributed to students and staff at both the Dallas and Fort Worth campuses at the conclusion of the school day. The packets provide information regarding educational and enrollment opportunities at area schools for the remainder of this school year, as well as the process for acquiring student records necessary to transfer to another school.

In addition, TEA staff will be available at both campuses to answer questions from students, parents and staff. Parents can access much of the information on the TEA website athttp://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/Charter_Schools/Resources_for_Parents_and_Students/Charter_Schools_Resources_for_Parents_and_Students/. Prime Prep parents can also contact the Division of Charter School Administration at (512) 463-9575 for assistance and direction to available resources.

TEA staff will also provide Prime Prep staff with transition information regarding applying for unemployment benefits and continued health coverage through COBRA through the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). Staff members needing assistance resolving an issue can contact the TEA Complaints Management Department at (512) 463-3544.

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced his decision to appoint a board of managers and an interim superintendent to oversee the management of Prime Prep Academy – a charter held by Uplift Fort Worth – on Jan. 13, following multiple reports of deteriorating financial conditions at the charter school. The board of managers was sworn into office on Jan. 23.

In addition, an administrative law judge of the State Office of Administrative Hearing granted a default judgment on Jan. 27 regarding revocation of the Uplift Fort Worth CDC charter. A final order from the judge is pending.

Prime Prep Academy was awarded its charter by the State Board of Education in September 2011. The school opened its doors on Aug. 14, 2012.

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