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Two African American state representatives recently raised concerns they have been stopped unnecessarily by security at Columbus' Capitol Square. Rep. Emilia Sykes, one of the elected officials, said that she observed her White counterparts being allowed to pass, while she was not. 

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Columbus City Schools is buying the former headquarters of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow for $3.4 million.

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A progressive think tank says data from the Ohio Department of Education’s website shows not only how much state money went to the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, but also how much traditional public school districts lost to what was the state’s largest online charter school.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 4, 2018
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The debate between Ohio House Republicans over who should be the chamber's speaker has been going on for several weeks. With a divided Republican party, House Democrats have an opportunity to influence the debate. 

Join us as we discuss the speakership, as well as the importance of the ECOT scandal in this year's elections, the Ohio Stand Your Ground Bill, the prospect of medical marijuana in Ohio, and more.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost
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Ohio Auditor Dave Yost is asking to formally get involved in court proceedings over the dismantling of ECOT, the state’s once-largest online charter school.

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Franklin County’s prosecutor will bring in outside counsel to review evidence related to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

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Republican candidates on this fall’s ballot are moving to distance themselves from the founder of ECOT, after reports of an FBI investigation for illegal campaign contributions and the release of a critical state audit, which could result in criminal charges.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 14, 2018
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After last Tuesday's primaries in Ohio, today's roundtable will reflect on the results and whether there were signs of a potential "blue wave" in the upcoming general election in November.  Join us as we also discuss the number of school levies passed, State Auditor Dave Yost's review of ECOT, Ohio lawmakers' upcoming election of a new House Speaker, and more.

ECOT founder Bill Lager speaks to the crowd of students, parents and teachers earlier this year.
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Ohio Auditor Dave Yost says ECOT, once the state’s largest online charter school, committed fraud by inflating student participation numbers in order to continue collecting millions in taxpayer money. Now Yost is turning over his findings about the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow for possible criminal investigation.

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Ohio's then-largest online charter school may have broken the law by withholding information used in calculating payments and inflated the amount of time students spent learning by not deducting the time they were inactive online, the state auditor said Thursday.

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