A state hearing officer has ruled against Ohio’s largest online charter school in its appeal of the state education department’s determination that the school owes $60 million for enrollment that can’t be justified.
The officer’s recommendation to the Ohio board of education says the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow didn’t document its full enrollment and was overpaid by $64 million last school year. The officer recommends the board use its power to collect $60 million of overpayment or deduct it from the school’s future payments.
ECOT argues that the education department illegally created a new rule asking for data not required previously.
A version of this article appeared in the May 17, 2017 edition of Education Week as Online School Owes Millions To Ohio, Hearing Officer Says