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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, June 22: 

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JOBSOHIO

As the House was going through multiple rounds of voting to pick a new speaker, the Senate passed a surprise amendment to expand the state auditor’s power to look into the workings of the privatized non-profit entity JobsOhio.

The original bill creates a crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs to seek investors from around the state. And the JobsOhio audit language that was tacked onto it barely got a reference on the Senate floor from Republican Sen. Frank LaRose of Hudson.

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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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ANDY CHOW / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

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.

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