ECOT is Likely to Drive Conversation in Governor's Race
Education advocates held a small rally outside of Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office, calling for him to investigate the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Democrats are trying to connect the Republican gubernatorial nominee to the online charter school scandal. There’s a back-and-forth on the ECOT debate that will likely last the entire campaign season.
Steve Dyer with the liberal think tank Innovation Ohio says DeWine needs to hold a criminal investigation into ECOT.
“We now know that this was a massive scandal, we now know who’s responsible for it, and now it’s time to hold people to account,” he said.
Dyer accuses DeWine of trying to protect ECOT because founder Bill Lager has been a major Republican campaign donor.
But DeWine’s office says this is out of the Attorney General’s jurisdiction. DeWine’s gubernatorial campaign is hitting back saying the Democratic party and its nominee for governor, Richard Cordray, also accepted money from ECOT. That is true, though the money is much less than what DeWine and the Ohio GOP received.