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,” […]Full Story... →
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.
“And here’s […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
According to a Sept. 3 Columbus Dispatch article, ECOT has spent $33 million on TV ads, lobbyists, lawsuits and William Lager’s for-profit companies since January 2016, all in pursuit of gaining state approval to continue to count students that are not participating.
Over 400 school buses could have been purchased with the $33 million ECOT has spent recklessly. While Ohio students ride on worn-out buses, the ECOT Man spent money extracted from school districts to rev-up his tax-consuming machine.
It is amazing that public officials have tolerated payments to ECOT’s for students not participating […]Full Story... →
We can’t say we’re surprised. We’ve come to expect the worst from ECOT. The private charter school enterprise was caught bilking Ohioans out of $60 million and has now spent at least $2.25 million more in taxpayer money paying its legal fees and tens of millions more on advertising itself.
As ECOT founder Bill Lager says, “It’s not about the (expletive) children… It’s about the money.”
From the Columbus Dispatch:
ECOT has spent at least $2.25 million in taxpayers’ money to pay attorneys for its thus-far-unsuccessful fight to keep the state from basing its funding on whether […]Full Story... →
Steve Dyer’s August 23 10th Period post drills down into dropout recovery regulations and concludes ECOT will have to manipulate enrollment to transition to a dropout recovery school.
I wondered when this was coming. But apparently, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow — the most scandal-ridden charter school in the state that owes taxpayers $60 million in overpayments from just one year of instruction — now wants to be classified as a dropout recovery school.
The problem is, they can’t do it unless they once again manipulate student counts. They either have to suddenly drop about 1,200 students […]Full Story... →
ECOT received $60 million in 2015-2016 with no documentation that students were being served. Had the state audited student enrollment compared to participation in all other years of ECOT’s existence, the total over-payment could be hundreds of millions.
The state is facing a defining moment in charter transparency, accountability and QUALITY. If the state approves this maneuver it will send a signal that high quality in the charter business industry in not important to state officials. It would also signal that the interests of taxpayers are of little or no concern.
It appears the chairman of the House Education and […]Full Story... →
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... →