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Epic Charter School.
Epic Charter School.

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The state’s largest virtual charter school wants to open an alternative high school for at-risk students, saying the school will better address the needs of struggling students who already attend or will enroll in its regular online school, reports Jennifer Palmer of Oklahoma Watch

If the state approves, Epic Charter Schools would begin enrolling students in its alternative school for the 2018-19 school year. Epic would become the second virtual school in the state that is a designated alternative school. The other is Insight School of Oklahoma, which along with Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy, is part of the national chain of K12 online schools.

Palmer reports on research that shows online education fares poorly at improving student learning compared with traditional schools. 

The state Department of Education is reviewing Epic’s application, which was submitted May 9.

WWII vet earns his high school diploma

Talma Sadler, a 91-year-old World War II veteran, has received his high school diploma from Durant High School.

"It's a thrill to get that diploma, I've always wanted it," he said. "Life is complicated."

Sadler joined the Army at 16, lying about his age so he could enlist early, reports KTEN. Sadler went on to serve his country, but never completed his education at Magnum High School. 

Gundy offers Indiana teacher lifetime sideline passes

Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy offered Jason Seaman, who intervened to stop a school shooter at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana on Friday morning, lifetime sideline passes to OSU football games. Seaman, a former defensive lineman at Southern Illinois, was shot three times but is in good condition, according to reports. NewsOK has more on the story.

From the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: Students from Van Buren Elementary raised $547 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma through the school’s Run for Life recess competition. 

“The Run for Life Running Club is a great way to promote healthy lifestyle choices, while supporting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma,” said Kristi Stone, Van Buren Elementary School physical education teacher. “We are so glad that our students have a wonderful organization, like the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, to learn about and support.”

Van Buren Elementary School students were invited to join the club and paid a $2.50 per semester membership fee, which is donated to the Regional Food Bank. During recess, students ran around the school and tracked their efforts. This year, 132 students participated in the competition and ran 1,349 miles.

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Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›