FALSE CLAIM: EPIC schools, a source of Stitt campaign donations, misused millions of taxpayer dollars with little accountability.
FACT CHECK: As highlighted by The Frontier, Joy Hofmeister is ranked first among elected officials who have received donations from Epic backers – a total of $52,138 to Hofmeister. In fact, Epic employees donated 4 times as much to Joy’s campaign than to Stitt’s campaign in 2018.
Governor Kevin Stitt was the first statewide elected official to call for a forensic audit of Epic, which resulted in the study produced by State Auditor Cindy Byrd. Meanwhile, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister ignored federal Epic investigations in 2015, according to Oklahoma Watch.
The Governor has one appointment on a 5-person board that provides regulatory oversight of virtual charter public schools. The Governor replaced Mary Fallin’s appointment, John Harrington, in November 2020 after Harrington’s term expired. Governor Stitt’s new board member voted to remove two other board members with ties to Epic. Following this action, the board delivered a solution that fully replaced Epic’s governing board and put its non-profit funds into a transparent bank account.
.001% of Kevin Stitt’s donations in 2018 came from EPIC employees.