ECOT received $60 million in 2015-2016 with no documentation that students were being served. Had the state audited student enrollment compared to participation in all other years of ECOT’s existence, the total over-payment could be hundreds of millions.
The state is facing a defining moment in charter transparency, accountability and QUALITY. If the state approves this maneuver it will send a signal that high quality in the charter business industry in not important to state officials. It would also signal that the interests of taxpayers are of little or no concern.
It appears the chairman of the House Education and Career Readiness Committee is going to bat for this intrigue. According to an August 24 Columbus Dispatch article, the chairman said, “I’ve been suggesting this to them for a couple of years.” Further, he said, “I think this is something they probably need to do…”
Well there it is in plain view! A state legislator seems to be advising ECOT on this scheme. A top dropout factory becoming a dropout recovery charter!
If the state approves this ruse, it will greatly lessen public confidence in the political process. Hopefully there will be state officials that stand tall against this ECOT contrivance.
By the way… ECOT is being cited nationally.