- Lawmakers look to help ECOT students' new schools
- May 24, 6:25 AM: Maumee-based Ohio Virtual Academy’s attempt to treat student transfers from what used to be the state’s largest online charter school differently from the rest of its enrollment failed Wednesday in the state Senate.
- Bill to ease reporting on minorities for Ohio charters, other small schools
- > May 23, 5:29 AM: Many of Ohio’s smaller charter schools, and even a few traditional public schools, would not have to report on academic performance by small groups of students including racial minorities if a Senate-passed bill also gets through
- Rep. Brenner claim about ECOT donations draws fire
- May 22, 6:03 AM: As he battles his opponent on Twitter, Rep. Andrew Brenner is taking heat for arguing that he never received campaign donations from ECOT, although the school’s founder is his largest contributor.
- North Canton schools will launch online digital academy
- May 17, 6:33 AM: By offering a group of online classes through the academy, North Canton City Schools will try to recover money lost to other digital programs. Students graduating from the academy will receive a Hoover High School diploma.
- E-school asks to exclude ECOT transfers from sponsor evaluations
- May 16, 5:06 AM: The online Ohio Virtual Academy, now the largest charter school in Ohio, wants state lawmakers to shield it from potential consequences associated with accepting ECOT students with poor academic scores.
- School that took ECOT students wants poor scores ignored
- > May 15, 5:36 AM: Maumee-based Ohio Virtual Academy and its sponsor are asking lawmakers to provide a “safe harbor” from potentially poor academic performance by students who transferred from the now-shuttered Electronic Classroom of
- Editorial: Ohio Republicans run from their ECOT past
- > May 14, 6:20 AM: Now there are two FBI investigations dogging Ohio Republicans in this election year. The latest involves the recently shuttered Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and its founder, Bill Lager. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the
- Local districts want money back after ECOT findings
- > May 14, 5:59 AM: Local educators would like to see the money taken from their districts to fund the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow — once the state’s largest online charter school — returned to them after a state auditor on Thursday announced that
- Auditor on ECOT school case: ‘I believe this may rise to a criminal act’
- > May 11, 5:54 AM: A state audit released Thursday says the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow purposely inflated the amount of time it claimed its students were engaged in learning, leading the now-closed online school to receive more money than it
- North Canton to launch digital academy
- May 9, 6:40 AM: North Canton City Schools plans to launch a a tuition-free online digital academy for students in grades 9-12 who live in the district. Students would follow district curriculum and work toward a Hoover High School diploma.
- Editorial: Policing Online Charter Schools
- May 9, 6:21 AM: With the dust still not settled regarding one charter, the online Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, state officials need to be doing their homework to avoid a similar dilemma in the future.
- Letter: Ohio charter school teachers are paid less
- May 8, 5:45 AM: The simple truth is that in 2018, most charter schools receive approximately half the funding as compared to traditional neighborhood district schools and in Cleveland the disparity is even greater.
- ECOT used for-profit companies to hide source of attack-ad money, Yost says
- > May 7, 7:28 AM: Using private companies owned by Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow school founder Bill Lager, plus a media-production company run by his daughter, ECOT tried to hide the source of payment for nearly $250,000 worth of TV attack ads
- Approving bill would help rural schools
- > May 3, 6:13 AM: U.S. Rep Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, recently invited Switzerland of Ohio Local School District Superintendent Jeff Greenley to speak before Congress. Greenlee told the lawmakers about the many challenges districts like his face.
- Groups explore extent of ECOT 'hush money'
- > May 1, 5:09 AM: A pair of government watchdog groups have requested information from Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s Toledo-based sponsor to see how much money the now shuttered online school may have paid out to former employees to keep them
- Editorial: Clarify regulations to finally banish ECOT demons
- > Apr 30, 6:11 AM: The ghost of the defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow online charter school is haunting Ohio’s 2018 political races, and that’s no surprise. The school’s 18-year history in Ohio, featuring dismal academic performance and gross
- Editorial: Ohio Republicans campaign in the shadow of ECOT Published
- > Apr 30, 5:42 AM: Except for a brief period a decade ago, Republicans have been in charge of Ohio for a quarter-century. They constructed the charter school system here, now consuming $1 billion a year in public money. They have been responsible for
- Moratorium sought on school takeovers
- > Apr 30, 5:20 AM: Smith said there are school districts in the area he represents that are in danger of a state takeover under the provisions of House Bill 70, which strips virtually all power from the superintendent and elected school board and
- Jim Waters: Charter opponents don’t have Ohio to kick around anymore
- > Apr 30, 4:44 AM: During the raging debate in recent years about whether Kentucky would join America’s education civilization by allowing charter schools, Ohio’s dismal charter performance became a favorite whipping boy of school-choice
- Opinion: Thanks to the Ohio Autism Scholarship, our son receives therapies needed to succeed in the classroom
- > Apr 30, 4:39 AM: Ohio's Autism Scholarship Program is the nation's only private school choice program designed for students with autism. Unlike other scholarship programs, autism scholarships aren't limited to tuition, and parents are empowered to