COLUMBUS - Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni issued the following statement after a judge denied a request by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) to block the Ohio Department of Education (ODE)’s audit of student attendance. ECOT had issued a statement earlier in the day admitting that if the state is able to conduct a thorough and accurate audit of ECOT’s records, the school would be forced to return “significant portions of [its] funding,” or even close.


“The judge’s decision to allow the Department of Education’s audit to proceed is a victory for transparency and accountability in state government. Hopefully it’s a sign of needed changes to come. ECOT’s failure to educate its students and continued wasting of tax dollars cannot go on any longer. ODE must be allowed to do its job and examine ECOT’s records.

“ECOT has now admitted that they don’t properly track attendance to ensure students are learning and eventually graduating. They even acknowledged that if ODE were to thoroughly examine their records, they could be forced to close. That explains their attempt to block a routine audit that is expected of other e-schools.

“Let’s be clear: ODE is not trying to single out ECOT. The truth is that ECOT has failed to educate students while apparently overbilling Ohio taxpayers by tens of millions of dollars.”

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