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Supreme Court Denies Injunction, Allowing State To Deduct ECOT Payments

Rick Teeters, ECOT superintendent, testifies in Franklin County court in 2016 during hearing on enrollment case.
Rick Teeters, ECOT superintendent, testifies in Franklin County court in 2016 during hearing on enrollment case.

The state department of education can start collecting $60 million from Ohio’s largest online charter school. This comes after the Ohio Supreme Court decided not to grant an injunction. However, the fight is far from over.

The justices voted 6-1 to allow the Ohio Department of Education to start deducting $2 and a half million each month from the state’s $8.1 million monthly payments to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT.

ECOT argues that ODE broke the law by changing the rules on enrollment halfway through the school year. Three courts and a state hearing officer sided with the state, which says ECOT owes them the money they got for full time students they didn’t have.

ECOT Spokesperson Neil Clark says the Supreme Court should “be concerned with reining in ODE administrators who have been emboldened to believe that they can do and get away with anything, no matter what the law says.”

ODE has not commented on ECOT’s pending case with the Ohio Supreme Court.

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