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The state and its largest online charter school are locked in a dispute over how to prove it’s providing an education to its more than 15,000 students. That fight is not just playing out in court but through TV, radio and web ads. 

ECOT has been trying to make its case in the court of public opinion by hitting the airwaves with commercials that feature struggling students such as Gabriel Young.

“I’ve been in and out of foster care. I was adopted for seven years and then put back.”

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The embattled online charter school, ECOT, is flooding the airwaves with commercials to rally support and hit back against the state education department. 

The commercials from ECOT paint a picture of how the e-school can help kids.

Commercial 1: “I’ve been in and out of foster care.”

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Charter school advocates and education leaders are sounding off on a big proposal from a charter school supporter to change the way e-schools are funded. Auditor Dave Yost is calling on lawmakers to base dollar amounts to student achievement.

Ohio has seen some reforms to the charter school system - some have been largely welcomed by the industry while others have been strongly opposed.

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  The heated dispute between the state and its largest online charter school reached a boiling point this week with a judge’s order for ECOT to turn over its student log-in data. The e-school is refusing to back down.

More than two dozen staffers are working to gather the log-in information of ECOT’s students to hand over to the Ohio Department of Education. The department says it needs that data in order to fill in the gaps of its attendance audit, determining how much instruction a student received each day.

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The state’s education department won a major battle over the attendance fight with ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school. 

A judge says ECOT must hand over the log-in information of its 15,000 students in order for ODE to conduct its attendance audit.

ECOT’s Neil Clark says log-in data is not an accurate way to tally student instruction per day.

“Other than the fact that there were log-in/log-outs, it has nothing to do as the auditor has said, it has nothing to do with whether or not the student was offline working,” Clark said.