Ohio, online charter battle in court over student log-ins

A state review found that enrollment at ECOT is nearly 60 percent lower than originally reported

This year, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is auditing online schools' attendance records.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state review has found that enrollment at Ohio’s largest online charter school is nearly 60 percent lower than originally reported, potentially jeopardizing about $60 million of the e-school’s state funding from last year.

The Ohio Department of Education told the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow about its findings Monday. It comes amid a legal battle over how head counts for the school and other online schools in Ohio are determined.

The school tried to block regulators’ access to student log-in and log-out information, charging the education department imposed illegal retroactive rules on it for counting students.

The court ordered the Electronic Classroom to turn over a sample of student log sheets that the department used to come up with its total enrollment.

A school spokesman calls the process a sham.

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