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After the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's sponsor unanimously voted to shut it down Thursday night, school districts around Ohio are preparing to take in thousands of students affected by the closure.  

ECOT founder Bill Lager speaks to the crowd of students, parents and teachers earlier this year.
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No matter how long the fight, the end always comes quickly.

Ohio’s largest online charter school is closing abruptly halfway through the academic year, meaning families of the roughly 12,000 Ohio students from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow are scrambling to arrange other schooling options.

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.

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With the announcement that its sponsor is pulling funding, the closure of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow could be imminent, and traditional schools around the state are preparing to take the state's largest online charter schools' students. 

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

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 final end to the legal battle involving the state and its largest online charter school is coming closer.

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“Basically, a time of transition.”

That’s what Rep. Andrew Brenner, a Republican from Powell and chair of the Ohio House of Representatives’ Education and Career Readiness Committee, calls 2017. At least in terms of the General Assembly’s work on education policy.

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.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 2, 2017
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Friction between the Ohio Department of Education and The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) continues as one state report indicates ECOT reported inaccurate enrollment statistics that would level $19.2 million in penalties to the online charter school. At the Statehouse, Ohio legislators find conflict in proposing reform plans for the future of redistricting in the Buckeye State.

We'll discuss these topics and more of the latest in state and national news with our panel of reporters.

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