EPIC Board of Education statement on Investigation
Published: August 22nd, 2019
Editor’s Note: The board of education for EPIC charter schools issued this statement on recent developments in an OSBI investigation.
Oklahoma City – The EPIC Board of Education is informed of the information available regarding the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s probe into EPIC and its founders. As any new information becomes available, we will continue to be updated by our attorneys, who are independent of any attorneys who have been retained to represent EPIC’s charter management organization or the principals of the management company. The EPIC Board of Education provides the governing oversight of EPIC Charter Schools and has the legal authority to contract with a management company to provide the day-to-day management of EPIC.
This OSBI investigation of EPIC dates to 2013 and there have been no charges filed nor any findings of legal wrong-doing in the six years of school operations since the investigation began. For six years, the school has provided voluminous documentation at the request of OSBI and that documentation affirms the legal operations of this school.
EPIC will continue to fully cooperate with investigators and we are pleased the governor and state superintendent have asked the state auditor and inspector to independently review EPIC’s previous three annual school audits. We have full faith in the faculty and staff of EPIC and their commitment to the students and families we serve. We know our faculty and staff are dedicated to making the 2019-2020 the most successful school year to date and we have full confidence they will.