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.
The state auditor has harsh words for the Cleveland schools in an audit over the district’s failure to cash in one millions in technology rebates.
Auditor Dave Yost reviewed the Cleveland school district’s records after it lost on $8.4 million in federal rebates it had already qualified for but lost out on for missing deadlines to apply. Yost says a combination of weak policy and bad communication led to a breakdown in the process.
“At the end of the day, this is not a criminal problem, it’s a stupidity problem,” says Yost.
The heated dispute between the state and its largest online charter school reached a boiling point this week with a judge’s order for ECOT to turn over its student log-in data. But the e-school is refusing to back down.
More than two dozen staffers are working to gather the log-in information of ECOT’s students to hand over to the Ohio Department of Education.
The department says it needs that data in order to fill in the gaps of its attendance audit, determining how much instruction a student received each day.
Ohio’s largest online charter school is firing back against state officials who say they don’t have enough information to perform an attendance audit. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, says it won’t hand over student log-in times unless a judge tells them to. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.
The Ohio Department of Education says it still needs detailed information on when ECOT’s students logged-in and -out of school every day in order to get a clear idea of how much instruction time they received.
Representatives from Washington, D.C. came to Cleveland recently to announce a federal program intended to help keep disadvantaged kids—particularly young men of color—on a successful path. “My Brother’s Keeper” recently launched in Cleveland and Akron.
Maple Buescher loves to read. [photo: Michelle Faust/ ideastream]
I was pretty young when I started reporting, but few start as young as Maple Buescher. This thin, blond, bespectacled 13-year-old is gunning for my job.
“I’ve always been a writer,” says Buescher excitedly. “I hadn’t done a lot of journalism. So, I thought doing this would be an interesting way to get more into journalism. And also to be able to write, and hopefully, get some stuff published.”
Three hundred delegates from the Ohio Education Association—the state’s largest teachers’ labor union—has joined 8,000 colleagues in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss issues in their field and set policy for the National Education Association.
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