Ohio Department of Education

Kantele Franko / Associated Press

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.

More than 140,000 Ohio students are preparing to enter their senior year of high school, but for thousands of them, the year won’t end with a walk across a stage in a cap and gown. That is unless lawmakers move the graduation goal post once again.

It’s a lingering question that’s creating uncertainty for rising seniors in the state’s high schools.

Ja’Mya and Kenmore-Garfield’s Class of 2019

Sixteen-year-old Ja’Mya Goley is about a month away from starting her senior year at Kenmore-Garfield High School in Akron.

Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

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.

ECOT / Facebook

Though ECOT has been closed for more than four months, critics are now accusing the state’s then-largest online charter school of deliberately manipulating student data to defraud the state out of millions of dollars. The allegation against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is coming from a former employee, and is now part of a larger investigation. 

ECOT / Facebook

Education regulators are reviewing a whistleblower's claim that Ohio's then-largest online charter school intentionally inflated attendance figures tied to its state funding using software it purchased after previous allegations of attendance inflation, The Associated Press has learned.

A House panel listened to hours of testimony against a plan that would overhaul the state’s education system. The proposal would consolidate departments into one large education agency which answers directly to the governor. Many of the people lined up to speak against the bill are parents who homeschool their kids.

Members of the Ohio Board of Education have approved a resolution speaking out against a bill being considered in the General Assembly.

Andy Chow

Opponents of Gov. John Kasich’s plan to overhaul the state’s education system flocked to the Statehouse Wednesday to testify against it.

State of Ohio / Governor's office

Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would overhaul Ohio’s education system in order to give most of the control over to the governor’s office. This is something Gov. John Kasich has wanted for a while now.

Rep. Bill Reineke speaking.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio House Republicans have rolled out a plan that would bring big changes for the state's Department of Education and the Board of Education. Supporters say it will bolster the connection between education and career-readiness, while Democrats say it would create a less-responsive state government.

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