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An Epic Charter School administrative office building is seen on 122nd St. in northwest Oklahoma City. The Statewide Virtual Charter School Board on Oct. 13 began the process to terminate its contract with Community Strategies Inc. to operate Epic One-on-One. WHITNEY BRYEN/OKLAHOMA WATCH
The Oklahoma City-based virtual school, combined with Epic’s blended school, has grown from about 6,000 students in 2016 to more than 60,000 this year.
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Sequoyah High School students will be able to return for in-person instruction at least one day a week beginning Oct. 19, Cherokee Nation leaders say. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Corey Bunch, Cherokee Nation’s Education Services executive director, addresses the Tribal Council remotely on Oct. 13 during a monthly committee meeting. COURTESY
The move is based on the availability of rapid COVID-19 tests.
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A sign is seen outside of 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City, where Epic Charter Schools leases 40,000 square feet for administrative use. Members of the State Board of Education voted unanimously in a special meeting on Oct. 12 to demand the refund of $11,235,919 to the state. WHITNEY BRYEN/OKLAHOMA WATCH
Epic One-on-One and Epic Blended will have 60 days from receipt of the notice to repay the funds.
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Northeastern State University’s Seminary Hall is now in its final phase of restoration, NSU officials say. It is expected to be finished in the spring. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Seminary Hall has long been a center for education – from its earliest days as the Cherokee National Female Seminary in 1851 to its present-day status as the oldest structure on the Northeastern State University’s Tahlequah campus. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The restoration stems from a partnership between NSU and the Cherokee Nation, which donated $4 million.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's two largest universities on Tuesday announced that they were delaying the start of the spring semester by a week and were canceling spring break because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Applicants have until Oct. 16 to apply for financial aid.
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Oklahoma’s state auditor and inspector, Cindy Byrd, speaks during an Oct. 1 press conference where she released the first part of an investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. CHRIS LANDSBERGER/THE OKLAHOMAN VIA AP
The audit of the school’s activities and finances from 2015-20 shows the school funneled about $80 million into a “learning fund” managed by the school’s founders.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Makayla Sloan, a junior at Haskell Indian Nations University, is a returning fellow with the Native American Journalism Fellowship, offered through the Native American Journalists Association. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizen Makayla Sloan will remotely work with journalists to create news stories.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Reagan Hargis, a sophomore at Stilwell High School, has been selected to attend a creative writing program at the Oklahoma Arts Institute this fall. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Stilwell High School’s drama class is bringing Reagan Hargis’ screenplay to life.
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During a Sept. 24 protest, Sequoyah High School students hold signs voicing concerns at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in hopes to gain “equal opportunity” for in-person or virtual classes. STACIE BOSTON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Sequoyah High School students and parents hold signs during a Sept. 24 protest at the W.W. Tribal Complex regarding choice of in-person and virtual learning. STACIE BOSTON/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Sequoyah High School students and parents take to Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex in protest for “equal opportunity” for in-person or virtual classes.
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The deadline for registration is Oct. 11.
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