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ECOT AND OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The state’s education department is asking a court to force its largest online school to hand over log-in information.

But the e-school known as ECOT says it’s not ready to budge and claims the state has been mishandling their attendance audit for months. 

ECOT consultant Neil Clark says documents between the Ohio Department of Education and the state auditor’s office show there's confusion over just what is expected from online charter schools during an attendance audit.

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ECOT

One of the state’s top education leaders in the legislature has a simple message for Ohio’s largest e-school: Follow the law. That call comes as the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, refuses to turn over attendance information for a state audit, claiming a dispute over a contract with the state. 

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ECOT

The Speaker of the Ohio House is in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. And while presidential politics are in the spotlight, he hasn’t been able to escape questions about the online charter school ECOT, which is refusing to turn over records on attendance of some 15,000 students to the Ohio Department of Education.

 

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ECOT OHIO AND OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Ohio’s largest online charter school is firing back against state officials who say they don’t have enough information to perform an attendance audit. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, says it won’t hand over student log-in times unless a judge tells them to. 

The Ohio Department of Education says it still needs detailed information on when ECOT’s students logged-in and -out of school every day in order to get a clear idea of how much instruction time they received.

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ECOT OHIO

The Ohio Department of Education has started its audit of student attendance at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow after a judge denied ECOT’s request to stop that audit. But questions about the laws that govern charter schools have supporters and opponents once again calling for changes.

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