Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders' Prime Prep Academy in Fort Worth, Tex. opened this week despite its location -- in a shopping center across an adult shop -- being disapproved and losing its charter.
However, there's a catch. The school is located in a shopping center right across an adult shop. Prime Prep Academy also lost its charter, per KETKNBC.com:
"But it's a location the Texas Education Agency never approved. It's in a shopping center that's right across the street from an adult-oriented business.
"'Despite all the things that are being said in the media, we're excited about this year,' Principal Dr. Daniel Johnson said. 'We have a new regime, a new set of teachers, a new administrative staff, so we're looking forward to a great year.'
"Since the location is not approved, however, the school will likely not get state funding.
"Regardless, parents and students are still pretty prepped for the first day of school.
"'They're going to school today. They're set up with their classes and everything,' grandmother Jassical Easter said. 'And then when they found out they were in a new facility, they were like 'ooh-wee!' we're at a new school!'
"'The building looks really, really nice, I have nothing bad to say about it,' parent Tacarra Walker said. 'They're trying to show their effort in keeping the school up and everything, so it's good and it's positive for the kids.'
"The school received a letter from the TEA on Friday revoking the Fort Worth Campus' charter.
"'But I'm not a worry wart,' Walker added. 'So I just pray and leave it in the Lord's hands, and hopefully everything will work out.
"'Again, we're just excited about this year, and we're looking forward to all the things we're going to accomplish, and they're not going to see us coming. How about that?' Johnson said."
"A new school year started Monday for what could be the last time at Prime Prep Academy.
"Last week, Prime Prep lost its appeal to the Texas Education Agency to keep the school's charter. A forthcoming appeal to a separate state agency will be the charter school's final chance to stay open.
"Despite its struggles with finances and the TEA, Prime Prep's Dallas and Fort Worth campuses both opened on schedule. There had been uncertainty about the Fort Worth campus, which currently isn't receiving state funding. Administrators failed to notify the state that the campus moved, but there is a possibility funding could be restored.
"Superintendent Ron Price did not respond to a phone call and text message Monday, and other officials also declined to comment. No information was available about attendance at the school, which previously had a combined enrollment of about 600....
"...Prime Prep's leadership did receive some good news over the weekend from Austin. Heather Mauze, who heads the agency charter division, notified a Prime Prep official that there is a chance to restore funding to the Fort Worth campus.
"The school's board has to approve a relocation amendment and provide that to the TEA for reconsideration. If accepted, the school would only get per-pupil funding from the time the relocation was approved by the state and not from the first day of classes. The school is already struggling financially, and Price previousy questioned whether he would be able to meet payroll for August."