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The Ohio Board of Education has voted to recoup more than  $19 million in overpayments to the state’s largest online public charter school, which closed its doors last month.

The board voted 15-0 today directing the state Department of Education to take whatever measures necessary to recover the funds from ECOT—the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow—for the 2016-2017 school year.

Ashton Marra

Days after the state report cards that grade school districts were released, parents, educators and even state Board of Education members are still trying to figure out just what those grades mean.

Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and employees of the Ohio Department of Education drilled down into what each of the 11 graded measures stands for and how the department came up with each letter grade during the state Board of Education meeting Monday.

Elementary students

Ohio lawmakers are debating whether schools should completely phase out state tests taken with paper and pencil in favor of online testing only.  The end of the school year marks a new age for state testing.

Starting next year, taking the standardized tests on computers will be the only option unless the district makes a special request because of a certain need.

ITT in Canton, Mich.

  The for-profit ITT Technical Institute closed its schools across the country Tuesday, affecting some 3,200 Ohio students at nine campuses across the state. To assist those students, the federal government is offering two options.

ITT students with federal loans can apply to have the debt wiped clean.  Or, as U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown explains, they can transfer their credits to continue their education at another college. 

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U.S. Department of Education Secretary John King will visit Northeast Ohio on Friday to highlight programs put in place by President Obama and by President George W. Bush.  StateImpact Ohio’s Michelle Faust reports.