Epic Charter Schools Continues To Collect Headlines In Wake Of State Audit
Three weeks after an explosive state auditor’s report alleged a laundry list of illegal activity, Epic Virtual Charter Schools remains in the news.
For the first time since the scathing investigative audit’s results were announced, Epic took corrective action.
In a Wednesday meeting, Epic’s school board passed a resolution that changes a number of issues identified in the report.
Epic will no longer freely transfer funds between the two school districts that make up the charter behemoth and will hire a new encumbrance clerk to oversee district financials.
The moves come after a legislative panel discussed the auditor’s report and possible changes to state law that could come as a result.
Additionally on Wednesday the school’s sponsor for its blended programs, Rose State College, announced it would take a wait and see approach to potential violations.
Previously, Epic has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons:
- The school was fined $11.2 million by the State Board of Education.
- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter appointed special counsel Melissa McLawhorn Houston to review the auditor’s report and make determinations about criminal charges.
- The Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board voted to begin the termination process of Epic’s contract with the state.
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