Online charter school in Oklahoma files lawsuit over A-F report card

Epic One on One, a primarily online school with thousands of students enrolled across Oklahoma, filed the lawsuit Nov. 7 after Oklahoma Education Department officials refused to release its report card, said Brad Clark, an attorney representing the school.
by Andrew Knittle Published: December 16, 2013
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The release of the A-F report cards last month was not popular among teachers and administrators, but one school — an online charter school — is suing because it hasn't received its report card.

Epic One on One, a primarily online school with thousands of students enrolled across Oklahoma, filed the lawsuit Nov. 7 after state Education Department officials refused to release its report card, said Brad Clark, an attorney representing the school.

The charter school was founded in 2011, state records show, and received a D grade on its first report card.

Court records show that parts of the lawsuit have been worked out, but the school has yet to receive its report card.

Tricia Pemberton, a spokeswoman for the state Education Department, said all other schools have received grades.

Clark said the lawsuit was filed essentially for two reasons.

“The school utilizes the report card and performance data to assist in performance improvement, so receiving the data and the A-F Report Card on a timely basis in order to not delay performance improvement efforts is critical to the school,” Clark said in a statement to The Oklahoman.

“Also, the school's families were expecting the release of the report card.”

Pemberton said Epic One on One's report card is being withheld because the state agency “is still verifying data for this school.”

“This is consistent with SBE rules,” she said.

State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, wrote a letter to Epic One on One administrators in October, explaining why the school would not be getting a report card.

"The Oklahoma State Department of Education is in receipt of information that leads me to question the validity and the integrity of EPIC Charter School's assessment data; the assessment data upon which the A-F report card is based," Barresi wrote in the letter dated Oct. 21.


by Andrew Knittle
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Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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