A supplemental report reveals a slush fund used by high-ranking education department officials had been operational since the mid-1990s. Here's a look at some key moments along the ways:
Sandy Garrett becomes the first woman to head Oklahoma's education department.
A post office box is opened by an education department official under the name Encyclo-Media. Donations solicited by education department employees are sent to the box. The physical address associated with the post office box is the same as the education department's office building.
A financial audit of the Oklahoma Curriculum Improvement Commission reveals a bank account that wasn't there in previous years – the “Leadership” account – has a balance of roughly $36,000. The explanation of the new revenue stream is listed as “summer conference.”
A second post office box in Oklahoma City is opened by an employee of the state education department. Donations, which are actually made to the Oklahoma Curriculum Improvement Commission, are sent to the post office box. The physical address associated with the post office box is the same as the education department's building.
A financial audit of the Oklahoma Curriculum Improvement Commission reveals a second bank account – the Encyclo-Media account – has a balance of roughly $84,000. It's the first time the account has shown up in the nonprofit's audit report.
Dr. Cindy Koss and Dr. Jennifer Watson announce to the Oklahoma Curriculum Improvement Commission board that two bank accounts associated with the nonprofit had been hidden from them for years. The state education department begins the process of terminating its relationship with the OCIC.