The Ohio Department of Education Wins Its Case Against ECOT -- For Now
A state hearing officer has dealt another blow to Ohio’s largest online charter school. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports it’s the latest move in the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's ongoing battle with the state.
Before several hundred students, parents and staffers in a rally at the Statehouse, ECOT board president Andrew Brush said the school was in a fight for the future of education in Ohio.
“And in this fight, we don’t want special treatment. We merely want the right to fair treatment and equal protection under the law," Brush said.
Just hours later, a state hearing officer sided with an Ohio Department of Education audit showing that ECOT could prove only about 40 percent of the more than 15,000 full time students the state paid it for. He ordered ECOT return $60 million, or the money could be deducted from future payments.
ECOT had appealed the state education department's claim, saying it unfairly changed how students are to be counted. The state board of education will take up the hearing officer’s ruling at its June meeting.
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