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The Future of ECOT

Jan 17, 2018
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The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, has lost its sponsor and could be set to close as early as this week, impacting nearly 12,000 students across the state.

Today, we discuss the uncertain future of Ohio's largest online charter school.

ECOT founder Bill Lager speaks to the crowd of students, parents and teachers earlier this year.
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The sponsor of Ohio’s largest online charter schools says it's cutting that tie, which could halt the school's Ohio operations for its roughly 12,000 students within days.

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A new study shows the graduation rates of Ohio’s traditional public schools are much better than those of charter schools.

ECOT founder Bill Lager speaks to the crowd of students, parents and teachers earlier this year.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The state’s largest online charter school said in court filings last week that it will close by January if it’s forced to pay back nearly $80 million to the state from two attendance audits. But state auditor Dave Yost says that doesn’t mean the bill would be settled.

ECOT founder Bill Lager speaks to the crowd of students, parents and teachers earlier this year.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Officials with Ohio's largest online charter schools say the school will close within four months, in the middle of the school year, if Ohio's efforts to recoup $60 million or more in disputed funding aren't halted.

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The state’s largest teachers union is urging tough scrutiny on a change of status for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. The union says it’s up to the education department to make sure the state isn’t duped by the online charter school.

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Nearly one-third of teachers in Ohio's traditional public schools are chronically absent, but the rate in charter schools is significantly less. That’s according to a report released this week by the right-leaning Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that operates more than a dozen charter schools in the state.

A Look At Education In Ohio With State Superintendent

Sep 5, 2017
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Joining us this morning will be Paolo DeMaria, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Ohio Department of Education. We'll get the latest news on Ohio education policies and guidelines. 

ECOT founder Bill Lager speaks to the crowd of students, parents and teachers earlier this year.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Ohio’s largest online charter school, is seeing less money coming from the state because of rulings concluding it over-reported student participation

Joe Schiavoni

A lawmaker wants to plug a potential hole in education funding and accountability. The measure would make sure that traditional public schools are getting more money if charters don’t need it or shouldn’t have it.

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