Big Online Charter School Sues to Block Attendance Audit

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s largest online charter school wants to block an upcoming attendance audit that could affect tens of millions of dollars it gets in state funding.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a lawsuit by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, seeks to block the state Department of Education from forcing it to provide records of when students logged in,

A preliminary review by the state raised questions about ECOT’s attendance figures, which help determine a school’s funding.

ECOT gets about $107 million annually for its 15,000-plus students, who work on computers instead of showing up to a classroom daily.

The department was set to begin a final attendance review of the school this week to check whether students are meeting the required threshold of 920 hours.