Epic charter school penalized $530K for excessive administrative costs

Epic’s penalty of more than half a million dollars is 10 times more than any penalty issued over the past three years, according to documents obtained by The Frontier. 
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Epic’s financial web includes related companies, organizations

The private company that manages Epic Charter Schools spends some of its state funding on a technology company managed by the spouse of Epic's founder — one example of how the school's financial web includes related companies and organizations.
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Former Thunder player seeks to open charter school in Oklahoma City

Kanter said he anticipates his school will “serve primarily minority students who come from low-income families, many of whom are first generation immigrant families with low English language skills.”
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Most students in Oklahoma’s virtual charter schools don’t graduate

Fewer than half of all students at three of the four virtual charter schools in Oklahoma graduated within six years, according to state data.
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In wake of criminal investigation into Epic Charter Schools, lawmaker has questions for State Superintendent

“I plan to ask her how she is planning to cooperate in a way that hasn’t already been taking place,” Provenzano said. “If the state department is doing its job ... then $10 million doesn’t go poof.”
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To add hundreds of faculty, Epic Charter Schools obtained personal information of thousands of Oklahoma public school teachers

Epic collected the information, including home and email addresses, of teachers across the state through an open records request to the state department of education.
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OU’s baboon breeding program is ending, but the animals will still be bred for medical research

OU’s baboon breeding program has been transferred to the Michale E. Keeling Center near Bastrop, Texas.
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Once thought to be a juggernaut, support for teacher causes appears to have waned

Educators were the toast of Oklahoma last spring following their successful walkout and rally at the State Capitol. But support for the cause seems to have petered out if Tuesday's election results are any guide.
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Help us raise $50,000 to fund nonprofit journalism in Oklahoma

Starting Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, The Frontier is eligible for a matching gift opportunity from NewsMatch, a national call-to-action that support nonprofits like us.
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Kevin Stitt’s teacher problem

Advertising campaigns touting Stitt's support among educators have been criticized as being misleading and the gubernatorial candidate's high school chemistry teacher says he won’t vote for his former student.
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