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ECOT Appeals ODE Enrollment Review Hearing

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 12:02 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s largest e-school is fighting to keep up to $60 million that it could lose because of an enrollment audit that the school says was improperly conducted by the state.

The state’s audit found that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, only had about 40 percent of the amount of full time students enrolled than it reported.

Survey Identifies Hunger Problem Among College Students

Friday, November 25, 2016 at 12:27 PM

As Americans prepare their dinner tables for Thanksgiving, a national survey of college students finds that 20% did not always know where their next meal would come from.  Temple University Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab studies the issue and spoke on 90.3’s the Sound of Ideas.  She says food insecurity happens at a higher rate among community college students, but it also affects students at elite universities.

Voters Approved 77% of Local School Funding Issues

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 1:33 PM

Of the more than 150 education-related issues on the state’s local ballots, voters approved more than three-quarters.

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) reports voters approved 77 percent of funding issues for schools, which included support for a greater than usual number of new funding issues—56 percent.

Senator Defends Education Department's ECOT Attendance Report

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM

by Andy Chow

The state’s largest online charter school is crying foul after the education department released a report showing it fell short of its estimated attendance by more than 50%. But a top education lawmaker says Ohio taxpayers deserve to know what their money is going towards. 

A review of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow found that more than half of the students enrolled in the school didn’t do enough work to qualify as full time.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Says the New Rules on Charter Schools Will Lead to Greater Transparency

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:29 PM

by Kabir Bhatia

The U.S. Department of Education is implementing new rules on charter schools, many of which were suggested by a delegation of Ohio lawmakers. 

Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced the Charter School Accountability Act last year, saying it would strengthen transparency, and increase community involvement for Ohio's 123,000 charter school students.  The new rules require independent financial audits, as well as a public database of academic and financial performance.

ECOT Fights To Halt Further Action By Education Department In Attendance Fight

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6:30 AM

by Andy Chow

The state of Ohio and its largest e-school went head-to-head in court Monday over what’s required to provide education to students. 

ECOT wants a judge to halt any consequences stemming from a recent attendance audit by the Ohio Department of Education while the two sides fight over the bigger issue of what constitutes student instruction and learning opportunities.

ODE has completed what’s known as an FTE review, which measures how much instruction students received during the school year.

Advisory Group to Examine Student Loan Debt Collection

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 5:38 PM

by Kevin Niedermier

Later this month a newly formed Ohio Attorney General’s advisory group will meet to start examining the issue of student loan debt collection.             

The Ohio attorney general is obligated to collect unpaid student debts at the public universities. The advisory group will make sure the issue is being handled uniformly at all universities, and that students are better educated on how student loans work.  

More Online Charter Schools Struggle To Keep Track Of Student Learning Hours

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 5:12 PM

by Andy Chow

A look at several online charter school attendance reviews reveal that more e-schools might be either unable or unwilling to meet the standards the state has set to prove students are learning. 

For weeks, the state has been battling with its largest online charter school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or ECOT, over how it records the number of hours its more than 15,000 students spend learning. Those hours are critical to the funding of ECOT and all charter schools.

ECOT Student Defends School And Unconventional Instruction Structure

Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 5:47 PM

by Andy Chow

The state and its largest online charter school are locked in a dispute over how to prove it’s providing an education to its more than 15,000 students. That fight is not just playing out in court but through TV, radio and web ads featuring a student defense.

ECOT has been trying to make its case in the court of public opinion by hitting the airwaves with commercials that feature struggling students, such as Gabriel Young.

“I’ve been in and out of foster care. I was adopted for seven years and then put back.”

Secretary of Education King Talks College Affordability in Cleveland

Monday, August 22, 2016 at 11:27 AM

by Mark Urycki

The U.S. Secretary of Education visited Cleveland Friday to highlight successes at Cuyahoga Community College. He has high hopes for President Obama’s proposal to offer free tuition at community colleges, but not everyone is so optimistic.

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