Columbus—Today, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the Franklin County Court of Appeals denied a request by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) to block the Ohio Department of Education from forcing the online charter school to repay $60 million.  An ODE audit conducted last year determined that ECOT had greatly exaggerated student attendance.

“This latest court decision makes it clear that ECOT's day of reckoning is near. As I’ve been saying for more than a year, it’s time for ECOT to be held accountable for wasting tax dollars and failing to educate its students. No longer should ECOT or any online charter school receive millions of taxpayer dollars for teaching to empty classrooms.” 

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