The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is taking over the investigation into Dove Charter Schools after the State Department of Education accused them of illegally taking the personal information of dozens of Oklahoma students.

The State Department of Education said the Office of Management and Enterprises referred the case to OSBI.

The State Department of Education filed a lawsuit against the Dove Public School foundation and sent a cease and desist letter telling them to immediately stop using the information.

Dove Schools Superintendent Dr. Ibrahim Sel released a statement Wednesday saying in part:

 We realize that our having access to such lists – and our subsequent mailing to that list – upset many parents and teachers. We respect each family’s privacy and did not intend to cause alarm. For that, we are truly sorry. The information was not shared with anyone else and has been permanently deleted by the mailing company.

It’s important to note there was no data breach; we did not hack into a system. It’s open to school officials statewide. In retrospect, the letters should have been addressed to the parents. We simply got careless.

 

The investigation is ongoing. Stay with News 9 for the latest updates.