Virtual charter school in Oklahoma hits snag for physical locations

The state Education Department sent a letter to Epic One on One Charter Schools requesting they cease enrollment at three physical locations that may be in violation of state law.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: July 28, 2011
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They advertise a prekindergarten school at 11911 N Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City with 250 seats.

An additional 250 prekindergarten seats are available at a site at 4343 N Flood in Norman.

The classes will be led by certified teachers and include two hours of “innovative classroom instruction,” two hours of “computer based instruction” and two hours of “structured play,” in addition to lunch, snack and rest breaks.

“The idea behind these centers would be to expand access to these families that otherwise wouldn't have access,” Chaney said.

Another center is opening in Tulsa as a prekindergarten through fifth-grade facility, according to the website.

Chaney said about 1,200 students have enrolled in the virtual school so far, and about 100 of those have indicated they would prefer a physical location to attend.

This is not the first time Epic charter school has had a dispute with the Education Department.

The school sued the department for denying it funding in 2010 and won in court. However, outside of court, their contract with the University of Central Oklahoma was dissolved, and they ended up applying to open their school with Graham Public Schools.

The virtual school will have the first day of class Sept. 6, Chaney said, but testing and student evaluation begins Aug. 22.



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