Ohio, Online Charter Battle in Court Over Student Log-ins

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio is arguing in court that the state’s largest online charter school wants taxpayers to give it $106 million in annual funding regardless of whether students log in or regularly participate in classes.

State attorney Douglas Cole’s remarks came as the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and the Ohio Department of Education battle in court this week over the school’s request for a preliminary injunction barring a requirement to provide log-in durations.

The Electronic Classroom’s superintendent, Rick Teeters, testified the department essentially ambushed the school this year with new requirements that it track log-in durations in order to prove student head counts for funding purposes. Cole testified the school had at least three warnings new documentation requirements were coming.

Testimony in the case is expected to last at least three days.