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... →
The December 13 PD editorial tosses roses to the legislature for not giving a pass to ECOT and other online charters regarding the funds they owe for not being able to document the participation of tens of thousands of their “students.” That is good news for taxpayers but that could change in a legislative heartbeat when the 132nd General Assembly convenes in January 2017. Granted the glass may be half full; but some pertinent questions remain: Will the 132nd General Assembly intervene in favor of online charters? Will the Ohio Department of Education audit the online charters […]Full Story... →
Fairborn Councilwoman Donna Wilson wrote her state Senator (see below) to express opposition to giving ECOT a pass on collecting millions without documentation that students are engaged in learning. The ECOT-friendly response from the Senator’s office precipitated a second letter.
The public education community should be flooding the offices of state officials with letters demanding the ECOT scandal be resolved in favor of taxpayers and students immediately.
If there is no opposition expressed by concerned citizens, the ECOT gravy train will keep on rolling.
Dear Senator Hackett,
The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) has been failing our students for […]Full Story... →
Documentation of school attendance dates back to the beginning of the Ohio common schools in 1822. Throughout the decades, some students have been honored with perfect attendance award; hence schools have always emphasized the importance of attendance. Truant officers have typically been a part of the common school system since the beginning. Bona fide educators have always stressed the importance of regular attendance. All of this is in contrast to the ECOT mindset.
William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School FundingFull Story... →
ECOT went to court to block the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) from auditing student participation in the ECOT online operation. The Franklin County Common Pleas judge denied ECOT’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the audit. The Franklin County Court of Appeals upheld the lower Court decision on Tuesday. ECOT will likely appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. Separately, ECOT filed an administrative appeal with ODE that will be heard December 5. Where does ECOT get the funds for this flurry of legal activities? Right out of deductions from school districts! Where is the […]Full Story... →
OSHA. MRSA. CAP. ASAP. These three and four-letter acronyms are indeed ubiquitous in our lives, not to mention countless others that are being created for use in social media as tools for people in a hurry.
It’s no secret that many of us are challenged by acronyms. And with their proliferation across the landscape, it’s no wonder. Here’s one of my favorite examples.
When the public transportation system in Philadelphia was merged into a larger, regional authority called SEPTA , or the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, local television stations conducted interviews on the streets of the City of […]Full Story... →
The central argument in the ECOT lawsuit attempting to block the Ohio Department of Education from auditing the charter school’s attendance is the claim that ECOT is not required to track login information for the students, but is simply required to “offer” students opportunities to log in and learn.
The school claims that an old contract with ODE stipulates this requirement for funding purposes. The school’s contract with their sponsor, however, contains language that states that ECOT’s attendance policy is that students will be engaged in learning for five hours per day and five days per week, meaning that the […]Full Story... →
Ohio’s largest for-profit charter school, ECOT, is embroiled in a contentious lawsuit with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the rhetoric has been ramping up all summer long, with ECOT now running regular commercials claiming that ODE is trying to shut down the school. We recently shared that the media company employed by ECOT (via the school’s management company). Third Wave Communications, is run by Jessica Lager Harris, the daughter of Altair and IQ Innovations owner, and ECOT founder, Bill Lager.
For the past decade plus, Bill Lager has been a major donor to campaigns of […]Full Story... →
The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), has been running appalling commercials against the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as part of its public relations campaign to prevent ODE from conducting an audit of the eschool’s attendance. The school has been running these commercials on television and had them produced after they filed a lawsuit in Franklin County in an attempt to stop ODE. You can read about and see the ads here and here.
It turns out that ECOT founder Bill Lager hired his own daughter’s company to produce those commercials and other media for the school using […]Full Story... →
The commercial ends with the “ECOT Senior” reading the final line of the script, “If ODE closes ECOT, where will I go?”
The good news is that it won’t be a problem, since she would not have been enrolled in ECOT next year regardless of what happens to the mega e-school.
As it turns out, Summer was simply playing a role in the commercial and, thanks to her independent efforts, she will be going to college next year.
We reached out to Summer when pictures surfaced of her at this year’s ECOT graduation ceremony in her cap & […]Full Story... →
Drip, drip, drip.
The steady stream of critical stories about the charter school Goliath named ECOT now is approaching a critical level, ready to create a flood in the GOP Statehouse and in the offices of the mega-giant’s lobbyists well before this year’s elections. If a Richard Nixon-type was somehow in command at this stage of the game and dealing with the proliferating ECOT mess, he would have called in the Plumbers and the renowned Haldeman and Erlichman firm to deal with the debacle.
No, the ECOT flood is not attributable to global warming, which Republicans don’t believe in, but […]Full Story... →