Judge Blocks Schools From Joining ECOT Lawsuit

Apr 25, 2019

The former ECOT building in Columbus
Credit Ohio Public Radio

A local judge has blocked local school districts from intervening in the civil lawsuit against the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.  

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The Franklin County judge rejected the districts’ request to get involved in the case against ECOT, noting that the goals of the schools and the state are closely aligned. 


Dayton, Toledo, Springfield, and the other districts claimed that the attorney general’s office had close ties to ECOT’s founder Bill Lager.


The education department determined that ECOT was paid more than $80 million for students it couldn’t prove it had. 


The lawsuit argues a pattern of corrupt activity between Lager and two companies he owned that contracted with ECOT. It seeks to recover the money from Lager and other former ECOT officials. 


An attorney representing the school districts says they’re taking a look at the ruling to figure out their next step.