UPDATE: Ohio high court won't hear appeal from dismantled e-school

By  | 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - UPDATE: 08/16/18

The Ohio Supreme Court dealt a big blow to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow with a ruling last week and now it has decided it won't hear another appeal that had been filed by the same dismantled online charter school.

In that appeal, ECOT argued the State Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act when deciding to order that the massive school repay $60 million in state funding in a dispute over how student participation was tallied. The court Wednesday declined to hear the case.

Last week, the court sided with the state in a separate and closely watched ECOT case, ruling Ohio had authority to calculate the school's funding using participation data, not just enrollment.

The state says ECOT had over 11,000 students when it closed in January.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


UPDATE: 07/28/18

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has provided new details of assets he might try to recover from the founder of a now-defunct online charter school.

Cleveland.com reports the information regarding Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow founder Bill Lager appeared Friday in a court filing by DeWine, the Republican gubernatorial nominee.

DeWine has indicated he believes Lager should be on the hook for more than $60 million Ohio is trying to recover from ECOT, which closed in January.

The Ohio Supreme Court hasn't ruled on ECOT's lawsuit challenging the state's method for calculating that figure.

Friday's filing says DeWine could target Lager's $3.7 million Key West vacation home and a waterside home at Seneca Lake purchased for $433,500. Several other ECOT officials, including former Superintendent Rick Teeters, also could be held liable.

___

Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


UPDATE: 07/04/18

As Ohio seeks to recover over $60 million from a giant online charter school that closed, the attorney general says the school founder and his two businesses should be on the hook for that public funding.

Founder Bill Lager's for-profit companies were paid to provide management and software services for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

In a court filing, Attorney General Mike DeWine argues that violated Lager's fiduciary duty to ECOT and that the public contracts were void. DeWine indicated he'll seek to recover money from Lager and the companies.

An ECOT attorney isn't commenting on that.

ECOT has challenged how Ohio tallied student participation to determine a clawback of nearly $80 million, some of which already was collected. ECOT is awaiting an Ohio Supreme Court ruling in that case.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


UPDATE: 01/24/18 5:30 P.M.

The giant Ohio online charter school that abruptly closed mid-school-year says it's fighting to reopen but has lost another round of its legal battle with the state over funding.

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is challenging how Ohio tallied student participation to determine the publicly funded e-school was overpaid.

Ohio already started recouping $60 million from the 2015-16 school year. The Department of Education also concluded ECOT was overpaid by $19 million for 2016-17, and the lawyer who considered ECOT's appeal of that in an informal hearing sided with the state Monday.

He's recommending the state Board of Education move to recoup that money, too.

Meanwhile, many of ECOT's 12,000 students are seeking new schools after the required oversight entity known as its sponsor suspended ECOT's operations last week.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


ORIGINAL STORY: 01/19/18 9:57 A.M.

One of the nation's largest online charter schools is closing abruptly halfway through the academic year.

That means families of the roughly 12,000 Ohio students from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow are scrambling to arrange other schooling options.

The publicly funded e-school has been running out of money amid a legal dispute with the state. ECOT's closure shifted from a possibility to a reality when the required oversight entity known as its sponsor decided Thursday to suspend that arrangement. ECOT says the state rejected a proposal from the e-school that was aimed at keeping it open through the spring.

Ohio's public school districts would have to accept any returning local ECOT students, but some families refuse to go back to those schools. Some are considering other virtual schools or homeschooling.



 
Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus