Let’s send a big TLO kudos to Epic Charter Schools!
Thanks to this piece on Channel 5, we’ve learned the district is celebrating 10 official years of ripping off Oklahoma taxpayers in the name of public education.
The largest school district started the near year with its largest enrollment on record.
“We’re excited starting our 10th year of having school. It’s an epic year with 60,000 students enrolled,” Epic Charter Schools Assistant Superintendent Shelly Hickman said. “We started surveying families coming into us, trying to find out is this about the pandemic or is it about something else. And about one-in-two parents are telling us it’s about the pandemic.”
Yeah, the pandemic may suck for most of us, but it’s been great for shady charter school operators with poor track records who are under state investigation for embezzling public funds!
That being said, you can’t use taxpayer funding to make millionaires out of unethical school administrators without having a few growing pains:
But some Epic Charter Schools parents – from new to veterans – voiced their frustrations on various sites online about the first day. From technical issues with logging on and programs and classes not loading, to the lack of communication and correspondence from teachers, Hickman said school officials are looking into the issues.
“Their customer service team has been interacting with small groups of new parents who experience challenges and having principals and support staff reaching out to assist,” Epic Charter Schools officials said.
Question – Is it common for other school districts to have a “customer service” team? I know Epic probably thinks of its parents and students as customers/consumers who can easily be exploited for profit, but at least give it a more benign, corporate-sounding name that doesn’t make Epic’s unscrupulous for-profit business model so obvious. You know, something like “Education Liaisons” or “Epic Student Support.”
Anyway, this isn’t the only Epic stuff that’s been in the news cycle. It looks like a judge has set a final court hearing in the district’s attempt to thwart a state audit. In addition to that, one of the district’s cronies was censured by the State Virtual Charter School Board for doing whatever he could to protect the district from further government investigation. Basically, normal stuff for the state’s most shady and corrupt school district.