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Parents rally at Oklahoma Capitol to demand open schools, greater voice during COVID-19 pandemic
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Nov 24, 8:36 AM: Frustrated with their options for in-person learning, some Oklahoma parents say they want fully open schools and a seat at the table in their districts’ decision making.
Editorial: Governor, lawmakers turn Epic scandal on its ear
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Nov 18, 1:40 PM: Gov. Kevin Stitt and a group of lawmakers are vowing to act on the scandal surrounding Epic Charter Schools. The problem is that the solutions they propose don’t address the actual problems identified and seem to have more >
Epic Charter Schools fallout: Governor says he will work with lawmakers who want audit of Oklahoma Department of Education
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Nov 12, 7:22 AM: Gov. Kevin Stitt is vowing to heed a call by 22 GOP lawmakers Wednesday to seek an investigative audit into state education officials’ oversight of public school cost accounting.
Rose State considers Baptist charter school partnership
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Oct 26, 6:23 AM: Rose State College, which was criticized by state auditors for providing weak oversight of Epic Charter Schools, is considering authorizing another charter school.
$10 million in COVID-19 relief funds allotted by Gov. Stitt for private schools allowable, legal letter says
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Oct 23, 6:47 AM: Gov. Kevin Stitt's decision to use $10 million in federal stimulus dollars to help private school students likely satisfies federal requirements, according to a letter sent this week to House Democrats.
Epic Virtual Charter Schools’ cloudy future leaves families searching for clarity
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Oct 22, 6:40 AM: Christina and Brendan Glenn. Brendan is a senior student at Epic Virtual Charter Schools and his mom says despite negative headlines, the school has helped him academically.
Editorial: Fast-growing virtual charter school attracts controversy
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Oct 19, 5:33 AM: In such a confusing oversight situation, Epic has quickly grown to be the state’s largest public school and the one most mired in controversy.
Epic Charter School ordered to pay $11.2 million to the state
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Oct 13, 5:28 AM: Oklahoma’s top school board has demanded Epic Charter Schools repay $11.2 million in state funds that auditors say was illegally used and falsely classified in financial reports.
Owasso Public School Mothers Want Parents To Choose How Children Learn, Cites District’s Limited Options
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Oct 12, 6:28 AM: Some Owasso mothers are starting a movement to give the choice to parents when it comes to their kids' education.
Opinion: Audit stokes controversy over Oklahoma virtual charter school
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Oct 7, 5:23 AM: It seems Epic Charter Schools’ size is matched only by the controversy it has generated in recent years. The latter has ramped up after the release of a partial investigative audit that has elected state officials >
EPIC Charter Schools refutes state audit report, parents unbothered by butting heads
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Oct 5, 5:32 AM: Oklahoma's largest school district defended itself Friday after the state auditor's office released a report into its finances. Epic Charter Schools released its own report in response to the State Auditor and Inspector >
Epic Charter Schools: Improper transfers, chronic misreporting found by state auditor's investigation
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Oct 2, 5:48 AM: The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s much-anticipated investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools has found it sends about 1 in 4 taxpayer dollars it receives as a public school to its co-founders’ for-profit >
Stillwater parents sue school district to end distance learning
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Sep 29, 6:47 AM: A group of Stillwater parents has filed a lawsuit to force Stillwater Public Schools to end distance learning for students who enrolled for traditional, face-to-face instruction.
Some parents moving their kids to online charter school
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Sep 24, 6:02 AM: Even though progress reports are about to come out from some Cherokee County schools, famiies are still figuring out what type of learning works best for their students.
Harding Charter Prep Finds Success In Virtual, In-Person Learning
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Sep 22, 6:01 AM: Harding Charter Prep in northeast Oklahoma City feels virtual learning is best when teachers are in the classroom. Teachers teach virtually for 5 hours of the day from classrooms during 35-minute classes.
LPS still calculating how many students were lost
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Sep 21, 6:52 AM: Lawton Public Schools knows it has lost about 1,200 students since the 2016 school year, but this year’s exact loss still is being calculated.
Opinion: Parental demand may change school choice landscape
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Sep 21, 6:10 AM: The pandemic-related decision to provide online-only instruction at 7.5 percent of Oklahoma school districts, rather than in-class teaching, has generated a fierce backlash from parents. Many families are demanding greater >
State lawmakers ask for AG opinion on aid to private school students
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Sep 16, 6:36 AM: A group of state lawmakers is asking the state attorney general to weigh in on whether Governor Stitt had the authority to provide $10 million to help private schools during the pandemic.
Editorial: Virtual charter school board's internal struggles raise a bigger problem
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Sep 10, 7:36 AM: The state’s virtual charter school board is publicly at odds with itself. It’s an embarrassing situation that is playing out in court, public meetings and the newspaper.
Statewide tuition-free virtual school still accepting applications
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Sep 8, 7:56 AM: As school districts face the challenge of returning during a pandemic, more and more students from around Oklahoma are opting for an online option from a proven, award-winning school.

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