ECOT

Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

An estimated 12,000 students must figure out where to go now that the state’s largest online charter school has closed. Marred by budget problems and alleged failure to comply with regulations, ECOT’s sponsor decided to back out.

The sponsor and the school met in a Franklin County courtroom today to figure out what happens to the school’s funds and records. 

photo of ECOT sign
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Jan. 19:

A photo of the ECOT sign.
KAREN KASLER / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

This week marked the end of the semester at Ohio’s largest online charter school. But the future of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow remains unclear. The school is offering a plan to the Ohio Department of Education to stay open through the end of the year. 

photo of ECOT sign
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The state’s largest online charter school could be in danger of closing in the near future with the news that the school is losing its sponsor. This is just the latest domino to fall for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, which has been battling financial and regulatory issues for years now.

ECOT’s sponsor, the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, will suspend the school’s operation sometime next week.

photo of ECOT board president Andrew Brush
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A final end to the legal battle involving the state and its largest online charter school is coming closer. The Ohio Supreme Court has set a date to hear arguments in the case filed by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

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