Columbus—Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued a statement denouncing the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) for ordering its teachers to attend a demonstration and march next week in Columbus.  ECOT employees told the Columbus Dispatch that they are upset about being forced to sacrifice their classwork to attend the demonstration.  

“As I’ve said all along, ECOT should be held to the same standards as any other school. If a public school forced employees to attend a rally in support of public education, there would rightly be an uproar.  

“By requiring employees to participate in this media event on a school day, ECOT is taking teachers away from their students and continuing the school's track record of failing our children and fleecing taxpayers. 

"If ECOT spent as much time and energy educating their students as they do trying to misinform the public, they might not have the worst graduation rate in the nation.” 

The Ohio Department of Education recently conducted an audit of ECOT that found the online charter school owes taxpayers $60 million for exaggerating student attendance.

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