The shutdown of the state’s largest online charter school – which owes tens of millions of dollars to the state – has thousands of students searching for options in the middle of the school year. And there are also some 800 teachers and faculty from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow who are now looking for work.

University of Akron

The University of Akron has announced a new initiative called “Five-Star Fridays,” eliminating nearly all Friday classes starting this fall.

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“School’s just never felt right to me since I was in Kindergarten,” said 18-year-old Abbey Lopez, laughing.

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Thousands of students are either starting in a new school or still looking for a place to take classes after the closure of the state’s largest online charter school. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is still fighting the state’s clawback of $60 million and blames the state Department of Education for its fate.

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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.