Oklahoma News 9 by Brittany Toolis, November 16, 2021
Enrollment skyrocketed for the virtual school during the pandemic, but the school said it’s now lost 60% of its students as kids return to traditional classrooms. Epic’s enrollment surge during the pandemic made it the state’s largest school district. Now that so many students have left, administrators said they won’t be able to afford to keep the same staff numbers. Right now, there are roughly 2,000 people employed by the virtual charter school, but Epic’s superintendent said there are too many staff members for the decreased number of students. Epic Charter Schools began the 2020-2021 school year with about 61,000 students and now has an enrollment of about 38,000. The district said that drop has led to reduced funds of about $60 million, money it would have received in January.
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