ECOT Sponsor Agrees To Repay The State

Jun 13, 2019

ECOT's headquarters in Columbus
Credit Ohio Public Radio

An educational service center is repaying the state money it received while sponsoring the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. 

The settlement is part of a larger lawsuit targeting 80 million dollars in overpayments to ECOT. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.


The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West will repay the state of Ohio $879,000. That’s the amount it received as a sponsor of ECOT.


The online charter school was given state money for students it couldn’t prove it had, to the tune of about $80 million.


Attorney General Dave Yost commends Lake Erie West for agreeing to repay its portion.


The state is still pursuing that much larger pot of money through a lawsuit against a handful of ECOT officials, including its founder and major GOP campaign donor, Bill Lager.