ECOT Spending Money On Ads In Fight With ODE
Ohio's largest online charter school operator has taken its dispute with the state over attendance records to the courts and the airwaves. That's raised questions over using taxpayer funds to fight state regulators. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow - or ECOT - says it will turn over the records to the Ohio Department of Education by week's end. But it continues to fight the department's plans for an audit, which would determine future state funding. ECOT has aired two ads statewide reinforcing claims of a lawsuit alleging the department changed rules midstream. Ohio Senate Minority leader Joe Schiavoni says education dollars is "unbelievable" and the rules were not changed midstream.