Ohio Board of Education May Try ECOT Collection

(Columbus, OH) The state board of education votes today on whether to start collection proceedings against an online charter school.

An appeals court last week denied a request by Ohio's largest online charter school that sought to block collection of more than $60 million in disputed state payments. 

The ruling leaves intact an order by the Ohio Department of Education seeking the money's return by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT. The school sought to block today’s vote on the matter. 

The state contends ECOT owes $64 million for enrollment that can't be justified due to lack of documentation. ECOT's reported enrollment of 15,000 Ohio students makes it one of the largest online charter schools in the U.S.

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