Deion Sanders Wins Rights to Open Texas Charter School
"Prime Time" is officially moving to the school day.
Deion Sanders, affectionately nicknamed "Prime Time" during his days as a showboating NFL Hall-of-Famer, won the rights to open a charter school in Texas this past Friday.
The State Board of Education approved Sanders' bid with an 8-4 vote, although at least one member expressed hesitation about Sanders' plan to use the online curriculum CSCOPE, saying, "I have no idea what the applicant plans to do in the classroom," according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
CSCOPE is a standardized online curriculum that's now spread to hundreds of school districts across Texas, according to the Dallas Morning-News.
Another one of the Texas board members told the Star-Telegram after the meeting that she shared concerns about the charter's plan to use CSCOPE, but "didn't want that to be a thing that could end it... there are lots of schools using CSCOPE."
The plans are for the charter, named PrimeU Prep Academy, to open with two K-12 campuses next school year—one in Fort Worth, and another in Dallas.
PrimeU Prep won't only be focused on its students' academic success. Given Sanders' background as a professional athlete, he stressed to the board of education's charter school committee that athletics would also be emphasized.
Having the charter approved "was pretty much one of the best moments of my life because it's not about you," Sanders told ESPNDallas.com. "It's about the countless number of kids that will be blessed from this school."
He also tweeted on Friday, after the announcement: "Ain't nothing in sports I've ever accomplished brought me this joy I have!"
"He is going to be very, very hands-on. He's not only going to be the face of the school, he will be interacting with the students," said Ayana Young, spokeswoman for PrimeTime Association (a nonprofit founded by Sanders), to the Star-Telegram. "This is his dream. His dream is now coming to life."
The paper reports that Sanders, a father of five, will be sending his three youngest children, ages 11, 9, and 7, to the school.
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