Oklahoma Governor, State Superintendent Want Audit of Epic Charter Schools

Jul 19, 2019

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister called Friday for an audit of a charter school under investigation by state and federal law enforcement.

State Auditor Cindy Byrd’s review of Epic Charter Schools and related entities will be paid for by Epic. It will include a look back on three years of previous state and federal audits.

"As we progress towards becoming a Top Ten state, we must be equally committed to accountability and transparency across the public education spectrum. This is why we are requesting for the State Auditor to engage with an investigative audit of Epic Charter School and its related entities," Stitt said in a statement.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation alleges Epic’s founders embezzled $10 million in state funds through an enrollment inflation scheme. The FBI is also looking into the school.