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Ohio's Democratic US Senator Proposes Bill To Claw Back Federal Funds Awarded To ECOT

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) at a Statehouse news conference outlining his bill on federal funds and ECOT.

Ohio’s Democratic US Senator is weighing in on a state scandal – the one involving the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who is up for re-election this fall, is calling for federal money that went to that now-closed online charter school to be clawed back.Joining in on a theme that Democrats have been sounding for months, Brown said ECOT’s students have been betrayed and taxpayers have been fleeced.He’s introducing a bill to require ECOT to repay $130 million federal dollars it took in from 2000 till it closed in January. “Any potential funds the US government recovers from ECOT or other bad actors that misuse education funds be returned to Ohio students instead of the US Treasury’s general fund,” Brown said.Brown says the bill would apply to misused charter school funds in other states, but he isn’t certain of specific problems outside Ohio.  The state is suing ECOT founder Bill Lager and others for $62 million it says the school was overpaid based on inflated enrollment. Copyright 2018 The Statehouse News Bureau. To see more, visit The Statehouse News Bureau.