It should come as no surprise Ohio Gov. John Kasich is still looking to scratch his presidential itch, what with his book tour and his ongoing challenges to the politics of President Donald Trump.
The New York Times is reporting that Kasich may be one of several GOP primary challengers to the sitting president.
From Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns at the NYT:
Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse have already been to Iowa this year, Gov. John Kasich is eyeing a return visit to New Hampshire, and […]Full Story... →
William Lager, founder of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), is spending a lot of taxpayer money on litigation. He has two cases in the Ohio Supreme Court and one in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. The most recent appeal is before the Ohio Supreme Court. This new one challenges the decision of the Franklin County Court of Appeals that would force ECOT to repay $60 million that it collected for students who rarely, if ever, log on for classes. One of ECOT’s arguments, as reported by a July 7 article in The Columbus Dispatch is telling. ECOT argues that the effect of the Ohio Department […]Full Story... →
Ohio’s kids will head back to school in about a month. Stores have already swapped the sunscreen and pool floaties out of their seasonal sections. Now it’s all backpacks and school supplies.
Families are enjoying their last few weeks at the pool, finishing up summer sports seasons, and not-so-secretly looking forward to using “sorry, it’s a school night” as an excuse to send their kids to bed early.
It’s also time for another back-to-school season tradition.
This week The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), Ohio’s behemoth online charter school, started its yearly push to poach students from traditional public schools […]Full Story... →
State representative and former assistant attorney general Kristin Boggs today issued a letter calling for state Auditor Dave Yost to recuse himself from all current and future matters related to the Educational Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) and for a special audit to be conducted into the charter school, the Ohio Democratic Party announced in a release Monday.
“Auditor Yost has consistently failed to lead an effective investigation or audit into any matters involving ECOT,” Boggs said. “In 2014 Auditor Yost received information from an ECOT school employee regarding fraudulent school enrollment, but he then allowed ECOT to […]Full Story... →
No sector — not local governments, school districts, court systems, public universities or hospitals — misspends tax dollars like charter schools in Ohio.
Of all that has been written about the sorry, twenty-year history of charter schools in the Buckeye State, this single sentence from a 2015 Akron Beacon Journal article provides the strongest evidence in explaining how an online charter school has the gall to use public funds to attack the very agency of state government that provides its oxygen.
For those who might want to avoid a bout of indigestion and heartburn, it might be […]Full Story... →
“What’s the difference between ECOT and a group of cats,” the joke goes. Answer: Those friendly furry felines don’t really have nine lives.
On the other hand, maybe there is something that our four-legged friends and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow do have in common: An ability to jump and land on their feet. With such agility, maybe there is something about reincarnation after all.
It wasn’t that long ago when some of us had trouble with deciphering the ECOT acronym, sometimes confusing it with a similar acronym for a magical place in Florida that provides fantasy and adventure. […]Full Story... →
The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), the beleaguered online charter school embroiled in a financial battle with the Ohio Department of Education apparently pulled out all of the stops for their 2017 graduation ceremony by bringing in Tucker Carlson from Fox News.
According to Carlson’s booking company, the Washington Speaker’s Bureau, Carlson can be hired for a speaking engagement for a fee of at least $40,001.
Of course, since ECOT can spend their money without any disclosure to the public, thanks to the private nature of their “management” companies and lax state laws, we’ll likely never know […]Full Story... →
A hearing officer ruled against ECOT last week, however this political powerhouse has brawny allies in all branches of state government
ECOT appealed the results of the recent enrollment/student participation audit by the Ohio Department of Education to the State Board of Education. The State Board appointed a hearing officer to hear the audit matter. On May 10, the hearing officer ruled against ECOT. The matter will be decided by the State Board in June. If ECOT loses, it may appeal the State Board’s decision in court. Don’t count them out.
ECOT is everywhere. Rally at the Statehouse. Lobbyists […]Full Story... →
Last week’s ECOT rally backfired, but some state officials are still rallying behind this political campaign funding-driven machine. The May 16 Dispatch editorial seems to imply that the ECOT rally was not impressive. ECOT is marketing, lobbying and litigating to gain approval to lock in revenue streams for students even if they don’t participate-the equivalent of funding empty classrooms. Now that the ECOT scam has been exposed to the public, the political grip of the ECOT Man may be loosening. But don’t count ECOT out. It only takes one legislator to insert an ECOT-friendly amendment into a […]Full Story... →
The good folks over at ProgressOhio have taken the lead on exposing the problems with Ohio’s disastrous up charter school system.
This morning they put out a press release about the latest ECOT scandal in which the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow tried to force all of their teachers to come to Columbus for a pro-charter school rally…
ECOT to Spend Tax Money to Rally for More Tax Money As It Fights Efforts to Recover Tax Money it was Overpaid
For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2017
COLUMBUS – Chronically failing charter schools are spending increasingly large sums of public money on […]Full Story... →
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Jenifer French issued a final appealable order that allows the Ohio Department of Education to proceed with the student participation audit of ECOT. This ruling paves the way for ECOT to appeal. The ECOT spokesman is confident that ECOT will win on appeal.
ECOT will most likely, at taxpayers’ expense, pursue every legal and legislative recourse to stay in business without being held accountable for student participation.
There is a strong possibility that ECOT will survive and thrive at the end of the process. This charter behemoth spends enormous sums of money on marketing, […]Full Story... →