Audit of Oklahoma virtual school reveals numerous problems

Epic Charter Schools Audit, Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s state auditor has released a scathing audit of Epic Charter Schools, an online public school that has become the largest in the state.

Auditor Cindy Byrd said Thursday Epic used a “remarkably complex” infrastructure to divert tens of millions of taxpayer dollars into a for-profit business controlled by the school’s two founders and its chief financial officer.

The 120-page audit reviewed the school’s finances from 2015-2020. Epic spokeswoman Shelly Hickman says officials haven’t reviewed the entire audit, but described Byrd’s press conference as “political theatrics” and says that they dispute many of the findings.

Read the audit below:

Epic Charter Schools Investigative Audit - Part One