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“The Ohio Department of Education should have taken steps to avoid a mid-year closing of the school. The department created an environment that caused the school to close mid-year.”

If Ronald Reagan could have heard Rep. Andrew Brenner’s comments about ECOT’s closing, he might have offered up his classic line one more time.

“There you go again,” the Gipper might have admonished the Chair of the House Education Committee as he attempted to lay blame anywhere for the online school’s colossal slow-motion train wreck –  except where the responsibility really lies in this disaster.


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The one statewide Republican candidate in Ohio who didn’t take campaign cash from ECOT and its disgraced founder Bill Lager — state Rep. Robert Sprague, who is running for Ohio Treasurer — stepped into a big pile of ECOT mess Tuesday, standing alongside one of Ohio’s worst ECOT stooges, state Rep. Andrew Brenner, and calling for less accountability for online schools.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Sprague joined Brenner and others at the statehouse to defend ECOT as it shuts down in the middle of the school year.

Ohio Democrats were quick to pounce […]

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The Akron Beacon Journal/ Editorial Board on Sunday went off on ECOT and the politicians who let the e-charter school bilk taxpayers out of $80 million.

“All of this could have been avoided if the state had been watchful and responsive from the start, when ECOT opened in 2000. Unfortunately, the state waited until 2016. And when it finally got serious about looking behind the curtain? It found more than the school’s already evident record of poor academic performance. It discovered nothing less than financial fraud,” the board wrote in the scathing editorial.

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It looks like the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is in fact yesterday’s school.

A long nightmare lasting nearly two decades appears to be over. ECOT, the notorious online charter school, has been suspended by its sponsor and is shutting down, although the appointment of a special master will delay the liquidation of its assets in the short term.

When the official last rites for ECOT are concluded, the online school’s remnants will be piled on top of the rest of the other charter school rubble, a junkyard contained in a swamp filled with the […]

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The Ohio Democratic Party issued a press release Thursday evening slamming Ohio Republican politicians who enabled the ECOT scandal to get out of hand, and calling on politicians who received donations from the private, for-profit charter school while failing to hold ECOT accountable to donate those donations to public schools.

The release is shared below:

The news tonight that the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow is likely shutting down Friday marks a shameful end for the corrupt e-charter whose schoolchildren and families will now face chaos and uncertainty mid-year as a result of ECOT’s […]

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Former U.S. Congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space today released the following statement following reports that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) may permanently close as soon as next week:

“From the beginning, the true victims of the ECOT farce have been Ohio children. The reports that ECOT may permanently close will again harm those same children, whose educational future is now unclear. No Ohio child or their family should ever know that fear and uncertainty. I am hopeful that the General Assembly, the Ohio Department […]

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The Ohio Republican Party claimed in an email last weekend that Auditor Dave Yost “has never let politics creep into his office,” of course neglecting to mention Yost’s utter failure to crack down on the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow. In recent years, ECOT has bilked Ohio taxpayers out of $80 million while executives and affiliated companies donated thousands to Yost.

“After an ECOT whistleblower claimed wrongdoing, Yost’s office concluded that everything was OK. We now know that ECOT’s attendance books were cooked in 2015 and 2016, and that Yost has received at least $29,000 […]

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Democratic Candidate for Ohio Attorney General Steve Dettelbach issued the following statement after news that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow could shut its doors as soon as next week:

“The damage done by ECOT and the career politicians who enabled its scam keeps piling up. Taxpayers are out tens of millions of dollars — or more — that was meant for Ohio kids. Now there are now potentially thousands of students and families who might not have a school next week. We cannot allow ECOT and its owners — and the politicians who enabled […]

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In an amicus brief with the Ohio Supreme Court, Democrats in the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives took ECOT to task for trying to make a “mockery” of Ohio’s public education system in the case of The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow v. Ohio Department of Education.

The brief responds to ECOT’s ongoing lawsuit to avoid repaying nearly $80 million after audits conducted by the Department of Education (ODE) determined the online charter school had inflated student attendance.

“ECOT is demanding a ruling from this court which would protect its funding stream to the detriment of thousands of students they failed to teach,” […]

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In a speech Friday, Ohio Attorney General candidate Steve Dettelbach criticized state politicians for failing to do their job overseeing the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT)

Speaking to members of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE), Dettelbach noted that ECOT has been ordered to pay back nearly $80 million to the state of Ohio after it was determined that the school billed taxpayers for students it could not prove actually attended class over the last two school years.

Since ECOT began operating in 2000, ECOT’s founder and his associates have contributed over $2 million to state officials.

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The Ohio Supreme Court will consider whether the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) will ultimately be responsible for paying back $60 million owed to the state of Ohio for “ghost students” – even though three of the court’s seven justices have taken campaign contributions from ECOT’s founder Bill Lager.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the state high court has accepted one ECOT case, and only one point from that case, for review.

From The Dispatch:

The state’s largest online charter school and the Ohio Department of Education are battling over how to properly calculate […]

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