Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Jenifer French issued a final appealable order that allows the Ohio Department of Education to proceed with the student participation audit of ECOT. This ruling paves the way for ECOT to appeal. The ECOT spokesman is confident that ECOT will win on appeal.

ECOT will most likely, at taxpayers’ expense, pursue every legal and legislative recourse to stay in business without being held accountable for student participation.

There is a strong possibility that ECOT will survive and thrive at the end of the process. This charter behemoth spends enormous sums of money on marketing, lobbying and campaign contributions.

Records filed with the Secretary of State shows staggering campaign contributions from ECOT operator William Lager. But the amounts recorded may be just the tip of the iceberg. Sources within and outside the ECOT organization have, off the record, indicated that ECOT has developed creative ways to funnel additional funds into campaign coffers.


William L. Phillis, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding