Sanders hopes to open Texas charter school

Sept. 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders says a charter school he and others hope to open in Fort Worth, Texas, would combine athletic and academic excellence.

"We can marry the two and have Prime Youth Prep Academy, where we're exemplary in academics and we have a wonderful athletic program," Sanders told the State Board of Education's charter committee. "Why can't we do such a thing?"

The school would open in 2012 with about 650 kindergarten through sixth-grade students and plans to expand through 12th grade, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday.

Sanders, the former Dallas Cowboys cornerback, is working with other businessmen on the proposal as part of an organizing group called Uplift Fort Worth CDC. The group owns property where a church now stands and where the school could open, the Star-Telegram said.

D.L. Wallace, Uplift's executive director, said he thought an interview with the board went well and he's hopeful about the academy's chances of becoming a charter school.

The Star-Telegram said representatives of 15 groups vying for charter schools interviewed for the 13 slots the state has for open-enrollment charter schools.

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