Sen. Ron Sharp wants to defund the education of some struggling students. But only the students whose families have found their local school districts to be the problem, and have turned to a virtual public school and education in the home environment.
Ron Sharp believes that virtual charter schools should only be funded to repay the cost of the successful students. These are often the same students who were discarded by the local big public school district. Sharp only wants a charter school to get reimbursed if a student recovers his studies and advances a whole grade level. That mentality would discourage public educators from taking on the task of educating our most 'at-risk' pupils.
Now Epic Charter is fighting back;
Shelly Hickman, Assistant Superintendent with Epic Charter Schools, said Epic is already shorthanded, only receiving 57 cents for every dollar that Tulsa Public Schools get.
"If Senator Sharp wants to apply that model of funding public charter schools, he's going to have to apply that model for all public schools,” said Hickman.
Epic Charter is now one of the top 5 public school districts in Oklahoma.