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Defunct Online Charter School ECOT Fights To Appeal Refund Order

The former ECOT headquarters in the South Side of Columbus.
Dan Konik
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Ohio Public Radio
The former ECOT headquarters in the South Side of Columbus.

A now-defunct online charter school that was among the country’s largest is continuing its yearslong fight against repaying Ohio tens of millions of dollars.

The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over the process for appealing that refund order.

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) argued state law allows it to appeal the State Board of Education decision in county court.

The state’s lawyer disagreed, arguing the only permitted appeal route was one ECOT already tried, unsuccessfully.

Ohio officials had concluded ECOT should repay about $80 million in public funding that wasn't justified by student participation data. The cash-strapped school closed in 2018.