Betty Sutton

Ohio online charter school fight becomes political football

Ohio's multimillion-dollar legal dispute with one of the nation's largest online charter schools is seeping into the state's top political races as the matter moves toward a showdown in court and fuels broader discussions about financial and academic accountability.

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT as it's commonly known, has become a political football, with Democrats accusing Republicans of accepting contributions from ECOT affiliates and not holding the poor-performing e-school and other charters to higher standards with better oversight. On the GOP side, the state auditor campaigning to become attorney general has become a vocal advocate for recouping state...

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