Public records show an official at the State Auditor's office put the leader of the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board, one of the school's sponsors, in touch with the OSBI agent investigating Epic back in February.
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Emails reveal that federal investigators were at work behind the scenes in the years after the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s initial inquiry into allegations of fraud at Epic resulted in no charges.
"The State Department of Education stands ready to work with any criminal investigation to determine if public education and countless Oklahoma taxpayers have been defrauded of millions of dollars," State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said.
Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, said he has tried in vain for nearly three months to find out how Epic could have received millions of dollars in state funding the last two years for 3,000-4,000 students in middle and high school when the school’s own website and assistant superintendent have said the Blended Learning Centers they are enrolled in can only be attended by students in early education and elementary school grades.
Read Epic Charter School's student enrollment reported to the state for 2017-18
Read Epic Charter School's student enrollment reported to the state for 2018-19
The school supply distribution is a collaboration among the school district, the Osage Nation and Pawhuska's First United Methodist Church, which worked separately for many years to support local students in need.
School districts, including some in the Tulsa area, are reporting a sudden uptick in fraudulent unemployment claims for people still employed in schools.
Children exposed to trauma often exhibit learning difficulties, depression and poor decision-making in the classroom, plus higher rates of absences, decreased reading abilities and lower graduation rates when compared to their peers.