Ohio's Largest Online Charter Hands Over Log-ins

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by Andy Chow

The state’s education department won a major battle over the attendance fight with ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school.

A judge says ECOT must hand over the log-in information of its 15,000 students in order for the Ohio Department of Education to conduct its attendance audit.

ECOT’s Neil Clark says log-in data is not an accurate way to tally student instruction per day.

“Other than the fact that there were log-in, log-outs it has nothing to do as the auditor has said, it has nothing to do with whether or not the student was offline working.” says Clark.

ODE wants to determine if ECOT has earned the more than $100 million of state funding allotted for last year. State law says students must receive at least five hours of instruction a day. A preliminary audit found most students only were online about one hour a day.

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