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ECOT Fighting To Keep Up To $60M In State Funding

Attorneys representing ECOT and the Ohio Department of Education gather in Columbus to argue an appeal hearing.
Andy Chow
Attorneys representing ECOT and the Ohio Department of Education gather in Columbus to argue an appeal hearing.

The state’s largest e-school is fighting to keep up to $60 million that it could lose because of an enrollment audit that the school says was improperly conducted by the state. 

The state’s audit found that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, only had about 40% of the amount of full time students enrolled than it reported.

But the online charter school is crying foul. Attorney Marion Little told a hearing officer that the Ohio Department of Education unfairly changed the way it determines who counts as full-time students.

“They effectively want a time watch, tracking literally every minute of what a student is doing, not every hour, not every day, every minute,” said Little.

The hearing is expected to take a few days. Meanwhile, ECOT has a similar argument in a court case against the state.

Copyright 2021 The Statehouse News Bureau. To see more, visit The Statehouse News Bureau.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.