Senator Schiavoni Applauds Judge's Decision In ECOT Lawsuit
Demands ECOT immediately drop lawsuit and repay unearned tax dollars
September 30, 2016
 
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COLUMBUS – Today, Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement after a judge denied the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow (ECOT)’s request for a preliminary injunction against the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Earlier this week, ODE informed ECOT that they had exaggerated enrollment by 9,000 students. That means ECOT received at least $60 million more than they were owed for the 2015-2016 school year.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for the taxpayers and school children of the state of Ohio. For far too long, ECOT has been permitted to waste tens of millions of state dollars without evidence that they are educating students. We now have confirmation that our efforts to defend Ohio taxpayers and families have not been in vain.

“This is also a victory for accountability. As legislators, it is our responsibility to ensure state dollars are spent wisely. The judge’s ruling should serve as notice to other online charter schools that they cannot charge the state for funds they did not earn. 

“The judge did not mince words in her decision. She made it clear that ECOT’s arguments do not hold water, and they are not likely to succeed if they try to move forward with this case. As we have been saying, ECOT needs to drop their expensive, taxpayer-funded lawsuit and return the unearned money immediately.”

 
 
 
  
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