Deion Sanders' Charter School Now Accepting Applications for Students/Reality Stars

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'This ain't no Toddlers and Tiaras.
Kids walking the halls of Prime Prep Academy next fall might have a shot at television stardom because Deion Sanders, the school's co-founder, is working with entertainment exec Tracey Edmonds (with whom Sanders' ex-wife accused him of cheating) to make his school a reality ... show. That's right, a reality show. TMZ broke the news Saturday but didn't say whether the show would feature the school's Dallas or Fort Worth campus or both.

Weeks ago, Sanders and his business partner D.L. Wallace held town hall meetings to share the school's offerings with the community. Parents were impressed with the laptops that will be given to every student and the promised variety of extra-curricular activities. A reality show, notably, was not mentioned.

On March 1, the school began accepting applications from potential students and teachers, unaware that they could be destined for small-screen stardom if accepted. It's truly tough to say how parents will feel about this -- and viewers, for that matter.

The TMZ report didn't give much detail. It only said that a "major television studio" is involved. It's also unclear how much of it will be about Sanders and how much involvement the students will have. Of course, with our appreciation for the proliferation of reality television in Dallas, we'll report more details as we learn them.

This news dropped the very same day The Dallas Morning News detailed the praise and criticism the school's received in the past year or so, noting that Sanders' star power has rained more attention on this school than most other independent charters, which usually fly under the radar. The Morning News didn't reveal any new missteps, but recapped a few of the bumps along way:

By then, an Austin American-Statesman story had highlighted the Prime Prep lease and marketing contracts that TEA officials determined weren't "arm's-length" transactions. The Texas Observer had found that claims about specific corporate pledges to the school were wrong. The Dallas Observer had examined a lawsuit accusing the founders of fraud related to previous business dealings as well as their charter school plans ... Another story pointed out that sections of the Prime Prep charter appeared to be taken verbatim from Greenhill School's mission statement as well as from school documents in Idaho and Virginia.

This could have been what Sanders referenced when he kicked off the Dallas town hall by saying, " "Someone is ready to hate, somebody is ready to naysay. ... But I don't care. I never did care."

D.L. Wallace told the Morning News that the scrutiny didn't bother him and that they had made the necessary adjustments early on to satisfy state requirements. "If there's increased publicity, there's going to be an increased responsibility. There's going to be increased accountability," he said.

And the publicity and scrutiny are only going to get louder when the reality show goes Prime Time.


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Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

PLEASE, someone get a copy of all the applications. I wan to see what restrictions they have.... I bet they are just like KIPP.

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Now this is the crazy. Reality show! Come on. I knew it was more to this. Kids are already distracted enough. With camera's in the room, you will have several star "Snookies" and "Flavor Flav"  in the school. I'm open to new ideas and new ways to educate, but this is stupid.

So many kids are sooooo lost.

Okay Austin...keep lowering the bar on education for Texas children.

Joyce Foreman
Joyce Foreman

This is so sad.....and they say charter schools are better than public schools.  The children in these schools will have little chance if any to get the education that they need.

Daniel Gormley
Daniel Gormley

Wow, I just really do not see how the kids will be able to learn anything with the school becoming a reality show... jeez!

T. Erickson
T. Erickson

Tell me again how this will keep the schools' focus on the children?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Dez Bryant can teach an Economics class! It'll be great!

I so want something on campus named for Michael Trabtree.

pencil
pencil

Black's turn down the chance to be in front of the camera? Don't be ridiculous.

Jay
Jay

Again, someone remind me which college degrees Deion earned while in college or after he left for the NFL, specifically any which would tend to demonstrate that Deion knows a single damn thing about education, management, finance, or anything remotely related to educating children in anything other than athletics?

So is this really just all about a reality show set up? I can see Deion becoming the "Snookie" of charter school reality TV.

Parisrec
Parisrec

Moronic beyond belief....

William Martin
William Martin

This could prove to be an interesting case study for the social sciences. I believe it is called the Hawthorne Effect, where people do better when they are being observed. I don't know if the study has ever been done on children or in school. It probably has on some level.If it does help that may be good for the kids. At least as far as grade results are concerned. Teachers will have to be on their toes as well. The question will be if the additional stress and lack of privacy are worth it.Another side effect might be that if they discount the Hawthorne effect, people will think this is a roaring success, and much praise will be given without realizing a huge contribution to their achievements came from being watched. On the other hand, maybe they will acknowledge the cameras presence and the benefits; leading government to believe they need cameras everywhere.

Dezjimmar
Dezjimmar

OMG!  Where is the School Board?  Why are we allowing our children to be used to put money in Deion Sanders' pocket?  And why is taxpayer money being used for this $#!*?  I guess if you are a superstar, it gives you certain priviledges.

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

This is going to be the poster child for what is wrong with the way charters are established and funded in Texas.  Your tax dollars at work....

Dezjimmar
Dezjimmar

Keep the racist comments to yourself.  As Black parents and citizens, this disturbs us as well as Whites.  Stupid acting Black people on reality TV do not represent the entire race.  They are a minority within our race.  Just as stupid acting White people on reality TV do not represent the entire race.

Ms_kuksheinahill
Ms_kuksheinahill

No I think you meant Whites honey. I can see that your really not concerned with educating but concerned with who is gonna be in some spotlight. Come on now. Grow up.

student
student

 The problem is that the show will likely focus on the athletic and social aspects of the school, not the grades or study habits of students. So the Hawthorne Effect will do more for girls grooming habits than SAT scores

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Or can used as a PRIME example of why the state needs to get out of the education business.This is like a gift to those who are championing that cause .

Brenda Marks
Brenda Marks

Exactly how do you figure that?  This is a Christmas present for those advocating against Charter schools.

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