OH online charter school ECOT may close by next week

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 14, 2018

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's staff and students already knew it might close mid-school-year, but for a different reason.

The board of Toledo's Lake Erie West voted Tuesday to suspend the almost 20-year-old agreement with ECOT, which owes just shy of $80 million to the state for overreporting student attendance for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. The board took the action because of the charter school's financial woes.

ECOT's dispute of this claim is now in the Ohio Supreme Court.

An ECOT spokesperson says the school is working with the sponsor to "remedy the suspension" to make sure their 10-thousand plus students still have a school to attend in the next semester.

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ECOT can appeal the decision.

The sponsor of Ohio's largest online charter schools says it's cutting that tie, which could halt the school's OH operations for its roughly 12,000 students within days.

ECOT's sponsor, the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, will suspend the school's operation sometime next week. It owes almost $80 million to the state for overreporting student attendance for the last two academic years.

Apryl Morin, the director of community schools for Lake Erie West, said in an email that ECOT said it is unable to secure bonding for its fiscal officer, which is required by law to operate schools in Ohio.

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