ECOT

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, left, and Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine wave to the crowd before a debate at Marietta College on Monday.
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The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor met for their second face-to-face debate, this time taking questions from an audience and via social media at Marietta College.

The candidates were asked about energy, education, the environment and ECOT, the online charter school that closed earlier this year owing millions of dollars to the state for overinflating student attendance.

Debbie Holmes

This is the second of a two-part story on the aftermath of ECOT's closure. Read part one here.

Beth Day, assistant principal of Washington High School, watches as students change classes in the main hallway. It’s a far cry from her nine years at the digital school ECOT.

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

Two public school districts say Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine shouldn’t handle the state’s lawsuit seeking to recover millions of dollars from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. The districts are asking a Franklin County court if they can take over the lawsuit against the now-closed online charter school.

Debbie Holmes

This is the first of a two-part story on the aftermath of ECOT's closure. Read part two here.

In the lower level of her Canal Winchester home, Anna Aquino helps her children with their school lessons. Her older daughter, 17-year-old Isabella is back in traditional school at Canal Winchester High, while Aquino homeschools her younger daughter, Trinity, who's in 7th grade.

Richard Cordray
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Ohio’s school system is in a decline compared to schools nationwide according to the Democratic candidate for governor. Richard Cordray’s plan to fix that includes more accountability and support for student services.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Sep 10, 2018
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Ohio voters get three chances to see and hear the major-party gubernatorial candidates debate before the November elections. Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray square off once in September and twice in October.

It’s been a long time.

We’re also talking about campaign funding, with Democrat Danny O’Connor reportedly raising 10 times as much as Republican Troy Balderson in their campaigns for the 12th congressional district race.

All that and more today on our weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Republican governor candidate Mike DeWine wants to reduce the amount of standardized testing in Ohio – one of several goals he laid out in a new education plan. 

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator is weighing in on a state scandal – the one involving the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Sherrod Brown, who is up for re-election this fall, is calling for federal money that went to that now-closed online charter school to be clawed back.

ECOT statehouse rally
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A lawmaker wants to stop companies and organizations from using taxpayer money to fund non-disclosure agreements.

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

A judge has granted Attorney General Mike DeWine permission to carry forward with his lawsuit against ECOT leaders and the companies owned by its founder. The attorney general is taking a few different routes to get back millions of dollars in public funding that went to the now-defunct online school.

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. 

Guests:

Kathleen Clyde/Ohio House

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

ECOT statehouse rally
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

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. 

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