ECOT

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Accusations are flying at the State Capitol as the Ohio House continues in chaos without a speaker. The lawmaker considered to be the frontrunner says his rivals, such as the payday-lending industry, are delaying a vote. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, a top lending association is mounting its own, major accusation.

The chaos within the Ohio House Republican caucus continues to build.

As more time passes without a vote for a new House speaker, leaders and lobbyists are making their issues more public.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

An audit regarding alleged attendance inflation by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is now in the hands of several investigative agencies. The review claims that ECOT padded their student data on purpose to get more money from the state. Critics say this information comes after years of ECOT operating unchecked.

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The state auditor says the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow committed fraud by inflating student participation numbers in order to continue collecting millions in taxpayer money. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the auditor is now sending his findings to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for possible criminal investigation.

After years of speculation over how many students were actually full time at ECOT -- and if the school might have fabricated  data -- Auditor Dave Yost says he now has proof.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Republican candidates on this fall’s ballot are distancing themselves from the founder of what was the state’s largest online charter school. This follows a state audit that could result in criminal charges and reports of an FBI investigation for illegal campaign contributions.

Editor's note: The complete audit has been added to this story.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost has referred findings in his long-awaited audit of what was the state’s largest charter school over to the U.S. attorney's office and Franklin County prosecutor for possible criminal charges.

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