State education board demands $11.2 million back from Epic Charter Schools over state audit findings | Education

Holt began her presentation by setting the record straight on two issues she said have been commonly mischaracterized in public discourse since the release of the state audit report a couple of weeks ago.

She said Gov. Kevin Stitt’s charge to State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd included the task of reviewing annual audits on Epic from the previous three years, but it did not limit the scope of the forensic audit as a whole to any such time period.

In all, $125.2 million of the $458 million allocated to Epic Charter Schools for educating students the past six years was found to have ended up in the coffers of Epic Youth Services, a for-profit charter school management company that has reportedly made millionaires of school co-founders Ben Harris and David Chaney.

“We ask for annual appropriations totaling approximately $3 billion and $125 million works out to about 4.1%,” said

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Penjana KPT-CAP helps graduates attune to new job demands



a group of people walking on a sidewalk: PENJANA KPT-CAP, to begin in October, will be conducted by academics, practitioners and industry players at selected higher education institutions nationwide. - NSTP/File pic


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PENJANA KPT-CAP, to begin in October, will be conducted by academics, practitioners and industry players at selected higher education institutions nationwide. – NSTP/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has allocated RM100 million for the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) known as PENJANA KPT-CAP to help graduates attune themselves to the new demands in the job market due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad said the programme, which aims to reskill and upskill the participating graduates, consisted of three sub-programmes, namely the Place and Train, Entrepreneurship, and Gig Economy.

“Place and Train is a programme that provides competency training by industry players to participants of the PENJANA KPT-CAP.

“Upon completion of the training, some participants will stand a chance of securing a job placement in the participating industries,” she said in a statement today.

She said the Entrepreneurship programme offer insights

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