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Oklahoma Officials: Impossible To Track Epic Charter Schools' Alleged 'Ghost Students'

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Oklahoma investigators believe Epic Charter Schools embezzled millions of taxpayer dollars by inflating its enrollment with homeschool and private school students  who receive little to no instruction from the school. State law enforcement describes these kids as “ghost students”! Virtual charter schools are taxpayer-funded public schools. Like traditional public schools, they are free to families and receive funding from the state based on student enrollment. Unlike traditional public schools, they are run by private companies or non-profits, and student instruction and coursework happen online instead of in-person.  With over 20,000 students on the books last year, Epic is the largest virtual charter school in Oklahoma, and it appears to be exploiting a loophole in state law. "


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