The Rise & Fall of ECOT

Aug 14, 2018
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The Ohio Supreme Court ruled last week that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow must show student login data to the state Department of Educattion. 

The ruling essentially decided that ECOT must repay some $80 million to state coffers because the enrollment numbers didn’t reflect actual student participation. 

Today on All Sides, we discuss the rise and fall of ECOT and its legacy. 


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Some Democrats in the Ohio Legislature are sponsoring a bill that they say would provide more protections to whistleblowers. 

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Ohio had authority to calculate a giant online charter school's funding using student participation data rather than only enrollment, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in the latest blow to the now-dismantled e-school.

Patrick DeWine

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine has stepped aside from a hot-button case over how Ohio calculated funding for ECOT, once the state’s largest online charter school.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 9, 2018
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U.S. Representative Jim Jordan is facing accusations that he knew about alleged sexual assaults while working as Ohio State University’s assistant wrestling coach. The team’s former doctor, Richard Strauss, is accused of showering with and inappropriately touching players.

Jordan has denied knowing about this, and said it’s retaliation for his actions in Congress. 

We’ll discuss Jordan’s current predicament and more on today’s Reporter Roundtable. 


ECOT founder Bill Lager speaks to the crowd of students, parents and teachers earlier this year.
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Democrats have been blasting Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine for not doing more about the multi-million-dollar ECOT scandal. But Republicans are pushing back.

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Many of the students enrolled in Ohio's largest online charter school when it closed in January have transferred to other schools, but state officials don't know what happened with about 2,300 students.

The Ohio Attorney General has filed an argument in court claiming ECOT’s agreements with its management and software service companies constitute a pattern of corrupt activity. The claim echoes complaints Democratic lawmakers have lodged for years. 

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Education advocates held a small rally outside of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office on Monday, calling for him to investigate the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

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In their final sessions before summer break, the Ohio General Assembly sent two bills to the governor that attempt to clean up funding for the state’s online charter school system. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle believe this is an important step toward more transparency and accountability.