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ECOT Critics Say Non-Disclosure Agreements is a Cover Up of Student Data Manipulation

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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.

"If taxpayer dollars are being misspent or ill-gotten, we should find out about that immediately or as quickly as possible. A non-disclosure agreement for the public sector seems to really fly in the face of that principle,” Dyer says.

Dyer’s complaint comes in the wake of a former employee anonymously accusing ECOT of falsely inflating student participation data.

A spokesperson says Auditor Dave Yost does not believe a court would find this so-called non-disclosure agreement enforceable because it goes against public policy.