ECOT Fights to Reopen Despite Uphill Climb

(Columbus, OH) While an online charter school fights to reopen, now it's facing more of an uphill climb. 

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow lost another round Tuesday in its legal battle with the state over funding. A hearing officer sided with the Ohio Department of Education that ECOT was overpaid by $19 million  last school year for inflated student participation figures. 

Now the state school board may move to recoup that money on top of $60 million Ohio education officials contend ECOT already owes for the same reason. 

The online charter school abruptly closed mid-year after losing its Toledo-based sponsor last week, sending 12,000 students scrambling to find somewhere else to continue their education.

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