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New problems are surfacing at Deion Sanders' troubled Prime Prep Academy charter school.

One of the school board members has filed suit against the chairman of the governing body of the school, Uplift Fort Worth, alleging a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act, asking a judge to stop the board from meeting again until the problem is addressed.

Board member Okey Akpom filed the suit in Dallas on December 20, alleging board chairman T. Chris Lewis was holding illegal meetings and firing employees without proper board approval.

Lewis told News 8 the lawsuit is unfortunate, and will only make it more difficult for students at Prime Prep to get an education.

Prime Prep is already under investigation by the Texas Education Agency for alleged violations of state charter school rules.

Prime Prep is also the subject of an ongoing News 8 investigation over alleged financial and academic irregularities.

On Monday of this week, the school's new acting superintendent, Ron Price, fired a dozen administrators and staff members saying they were either overpaid or under-qualified to educate the 500 students who attend the state-funded charter school.

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