Sponsor of Closed Online School ECOT to Repay State $879,000

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The sponsor of a huge online charter school that abruptly closed in Ohio has agreed to repay the state $879,000.

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow closed in January 2018 after the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West suspended its sponsorship.

Attorney General Dave Yost says the repayment represents the amount of disputed sponsorship fee overpayments that the service center received from ECOT.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday for the center’s director.

The settlement is small compared with the nearly $80 million the state ordered ECOT to repay after finding the e-school didn’t have student participation data to justify all of its public funding. The state is seeking in court to recoup some of that from ECOT leaders .

ECOT has unsuccessfully challenged how participation and log-ins were tallied.