COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement regarding an audit of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) conducted by State Auditor Dave Yost:

"ECOT and other online schools have known since at least the beginning of 2015 that they were expected to document when students logged on and logged off. That was clearly spelled out in instructions sent to e-schools regarding ODE’s attendance review process. To say otherwise is disingenuous.

"It’s shameful that ECOT has the worst graduation rate in the nation while owing taxpayers $60 million. Thankfully, the Department of Education is fulfilling its responsibility to protect students from failing online charter schools that seem more concerned about profits than graduation rates. 

"While some online charter schools are doing a good job of educating their students, the evidence is overwhelming that many are not.  Just last month, researchers at New York University and the Rand Corporation released a new study of online charter schools in Ohio. They found that students at full-time e-schools perform worse on state assessment tests than similar students in brick-and-mortar charter schools and traditional public schools.

"That’s why I introduced Senate Bill 39 to bring more accountability and transparency to Ohio’s online charter schools.  I hope my colleagues in the General Assembly will join me in taking these necessary steps to protect our school children and tax dollars." 

A copy of the complete 2015 FTE review manual can be viewed here.

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