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Gov. Stitt Signs Law To Prevent Virtual Charter School 'Ghost Students'

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a law Monday that reforms virtual charter school rules.

House Bill 2905, authored by Tulsa Republican Sheila Dills, will increase virtual charter school transparency and tweak policies lawmakers found problematic.

Virtual charters will be required to host orientations, increase required participation and limit the number of times students can transfer.

It will prevent so-called virtual charter school 'ghost students' by withdrawing any student who does not complete any instruction for 15 consecutive days. Ghost students, and the state funds they bring with them, are a key piece of an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation probe into Epic Virtual Charter Schools.

The law takes effect in time for the 2021-22 school year.

Robby Korth joined KOSU as its news director in November 2022.
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