State Virtual Charter School Board To Hold Hearing For Possible Termination Of Epic Contract

Tuesday, October 13th 2020, 2:41 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma State Virtual Charter School Board voted Tuesday in favor of a hearing that would allow for the consideration of the termination of the state’s contract with Epic Charter Schools.

The decision comes in response to the allegations of misconduct and misappropriation of funds revealed in a recent audit.

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The board voted 3-1 in favor of the hearing.

Epic Charter Schools will have an opportunity to respond to dispute the claims that the charter school violated its contract.

Epic released the following statement Tuesday:

"Fairness did not prevail today, but it’s important to understand what did happen. The SVCSB voted to initiate the process to terminate, but it is a process that provides EPIC due process with that Board, as well as other legal options. So far, only one side of the story has been allowed to be told. We are confident that once we have the audit work papers and have as much opportunity to present our side of the audit as the State Auditor has been provided, we will prevail for our more than 2,100 employees and the families of our more than 60,000 students."

The hearing is tentatively scheduled for January 20.

News 9’s Barry Mangold and News On 6's Jordan Tidwell will have more on this story during the 5 p.m. newscast.