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Document Review Slows State Lawsuit Against E-school Founder

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — A review of thousands of documents is delaying a state lawsuit aimed at recouping millions of dollars from the founder and leaders of what was once Ohio’s largest online charter school. Lawyers for the defendants tied to the defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow said they located about 50,000 new documents the… Read More

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… Read More

Judge Blocks Schools From Ohio Suit Against E-school Founder

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A judge won’t let school districts intervene in Ohio’s civil case seeking to recoup millions of dollars in public funding from leaders of a now-defunct online charter school. Eight districts, including Dayton and Toledo, sought to be part of the case involving founder William Lager and officials from the massive Electronic… Read More

The Ohio Supreme Court building in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

In 2018, Ohio Supreme Court Made Big Decisions On Abortion, Death Penalty

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It was a big year for the Ohio Supreme Court, with decisions on abortion, the death penalty and bobbleheads and the final blow to what had been the state’s largest online charter school. These and others  decisions from the court were some of the stories that made headlines in 2018. One of the biggest rulings… Read More

Republicans And Democrats Debate If DeWine Had Jurisdiction On ECOT

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Democrats have been blasting Republican Attorney General and candidate for governor Mike DeWine for not doing more about the multi-million dollar scandal involving the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, the now-closed online charter school. But Republicans are pushing back. A finding from Republican Auditor Dave Yost that ECOT submitted fraudulent student data to the state was… Read More

DeWine Files Court Claims Of Corrupt Activity Against ECOT

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The Ohio Attorney General has filed an argument in court claiming ECOT’s agreements with its management and software service companies constitute a pattern of corrupt activity. And the claim backs up complaints Democratic lawmakers have lodged for years. The lawsuit goes after Altair Learning Management and IQ Innovations, two companies contracted by the Electronic Classroom… Read More

New Speaker Promises Study Group On Funding Online Charters

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The new Speaker of the Ohio House is citing a two-year-old study from a pro-charter school group slamming the performance of virtual charter schools. And there may be changes coming in the laws that govern those online schools following the ECOT scandal. In his first sit-down with reporters, Speaker Ryan Smith said a new bill… Read More