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Ohio Sues Cyber Charter Founder, Seeking Millions in Disputed Funds

By Lauraine Genota — August 28, 2018 1 min read
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Ohio’s attorney general last week filed suit against the founder of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, aiming to recover millions of dollars in public funding that the state claims wrongfully went to the cyber charter school.

The lawsuit names founder William Lager, as well as two of his companies, Altair Learning Management and IQ Innovations, both of which provided management and curriculum services to the school, and five other ECOT officials.

The lawsuit targets money the state paid to ECOT based on questionable student participation and enrollment rates, as well as the profits Lager received from his companies’ contracts.

Before it closed in January, ECOT was one of the nation’s largest online schools, claiming an enrollment of more than 15,000 students.

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A version of this article appeared in the August 29, 2018 edition of Education Week as Ohio Sues Cyber Charter Founder, Seeking Millions in Disputed Funds

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