ECOT

David Pepper
JO INGLES / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Numbers from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office show the so-called blue wave, nicknamed for Democratic enthusiasm that’s been evident in other states' races recently, might not be real in Ohio. 

Photo of Steve Dyer from Innovation Ohio
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Longtime critics of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, the now-closed but still controversial online charter school, say that more employees would come forward with accusations of student data manipulation had they not signed contracts with non-disclosure agreements attached.

Steve Dyer with the liberal think tank Innovation Ohio says these so-called non-disclosure agreements signed by ECOT employees cover up any possible data fraud with public money.

A photo of the ECOT Headquarters in Columbus
DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Though it’s been closed for months, critics are now accusing what was the state’s largest online charter school of deliberately manipulating student data to defraud the state out of millions of dollars. The allegation against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is coming from a former employee. That allegation is part of a larger investigation. 

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Former U.S. attorney Steve Dettelbach, who’s running for Ohio attorney general, is accusing his likely Republican opponent of mishandling a whistleblower’s complaint about the state’s largest online charter school.

In a call with reporters, Dettelbach implied Auditor Dave Yost is a bookkeeper who doesn’t understand or appreciate what a delay in turning evidence of fraud over to prosecutors can mean.

photo of ECOT vs. ODE hearing
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

What was once the state’s largest online charter school has been shut down since January – after saying it couldn’t pay the bill the state says it owes for over-counting students. But the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is still trying to win at least one battle in its ongoing legal war with the state.

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