Former U.S. Congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space today released the following statement following reports that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) may permanently close as soon as next week:

“From the beginning, the true victims of the ECOT farce have been Ohio children. The reports that ECOT may permanently close will again harm those same children, whose educational future is now unclear. No Ohio child or their family should ever know that fear and uncertainty. I am hopeful that the General Assembly, the Ohio Department of Education, and all other relevant government agencies will go above and beyond to ensure a smooth transition for the thousands of students who might be displaced.

But whatever becomes of ECOT, the self-interested politicians who aided and abetted this slow-motion train wreck for more than a decade must now be held accountable. The tens of thousands of Ohio children they failed deserve nothing less. The millions of Ohio taxpayers they fleeced deserve nothing less. Politicians who eagerly did ECOT’s bidding as long as founder Bill Lager handed out campaign checks — all the while knowing that the “school” was an abject failure — are now, unsurprisingly, silent. These individuals do a disservice to the concept of public service, and I am calling on every politician who took contributions from Bill Lager and other ECOT executives to donate every cent back to Ohio public schools, where it belongs.

This tragic situation is another stark reminder that Ohio’s democratic process has been fully corrupted by the influence of money and by political greed. Until the people of Ohio can reclaim their state government from self-interested politicians and wealthy special interests like ECOT, taxpayer money will continue to be used as a means to further political careers and reward big campaign contributors.

If ECOT survives this latest news, I can promise you that it won’t survive my election as Auditor of State. I will declare the books unauditable, and the flow of state money will stop because our children deserve better than this madness.”

 
  • anothergoof

    Simply politics under a new name with kids as pawns? Seems the purpose of this statement is more towards winning an election.

  • “From the beginning” Zack? You mean since 2001 and over 22,000 graduates later? ECOT has second generations of families enrolled you dolt. You clearly don’t know even basic history of the school and you obviously have no clue what children deserve. Way to step up to pander to far left nutsos with hollow campaign rhetoric. All during a crisis for so many. You obviously need some PR help. Trash.

  • Midview132

    What crisis do you speak of? How did this crisis come about? DO you mean to insist that the far left had something to do with this crisis or are you just deflecting on who created the crisis or how? Please inform us as to how ECOT is the victim? Let me ask you this, 22,000 graduates in 17 years? with how many students are enrolled in this school that is a joke. Ok lets compare apples to apples shall we, lets compare ACT score of ECOT students with those of Public education You’ll pick your best so I will too. Since this is the only way to compare I’m going to guess you wont want to do that at all. I’m sure the guys at Plunderbund would love for you to write how wonderful ECOT is in a letter, they will post it guaranteed and then destroy your BS you write in it. Because instead of feel good stories you will give us, there will be a complete lack of facts and tangible statistics of real measurable educational goals and objectives.

  • What crisis do you speak of?
    A crisis of 12,000 students and hundreds of educators being displaced in the middle of a school year.

    How did this crisis come about?
    Politics, Corruption, Misinformation, Extortion, Protectionism, Propaganda, Failed Leadership

    DO you mean to insist that the far left had something to do with this crisis or are you just deflecting on who created the crisis or how?
    Yes

    Please inform us as to how ECOT is the victim?
    “ECOT” is a school and is the sum of its Ohio families, educators, staff and alumni

    Let me ask you this, 22,000 graduates in 17 years? with how many students are enrolled in this school that is a joke.
    Simple math and enrollment growth over time seems to confuse you. ECOT started 17 years ago with zero students and grew year over year up to a peak of just north of 17,000. That was enough to scare the special interest. So they unleashed their dogs and their media mouthpieces a couple years ago and really started dumping their dirty money into school wrecking. Today, ECOT sits at an enrollment of close to 12,000 CHILDREN.

    Ok lets compare apples to apples shall we, lets compare ACT score of ECOT students with those of Public education You’ll pick your best so I will too.
    Sorry, take your friday night lights my team scores more points than yours competitive crap to the taxpayer funded sports fields where we pay for it to belong. If you understood the demographic of ECOT students and where they are at educationally when they typically arrive at the school, you’d be less concerned with test scores. You might even feel your own heart beating again.

    Since this is the only way to compare I’m going to guess you wont want to do that at all.
    If you really want a test score sporting match, You start by comparing Test scores of your treasured traditional schools in affluent districts and compare to those in the urban disaster districts. 90% of the educational challenges in our state can be attributed to the schools where 90% of the students attend. There’s plenty of comparisons for you there without going apples to oranges.

    I’m sure the guys at Plunderbund would love for you to write how wonderful ECOT is in a letter, they will post it guaranteed and then destroy your BS you write in it.
    I am sure they would love it. PB is a for profit site. Their advertisers and secret funders including those in the traditional ed lobby would benefit financially. They have yet to destroy anything I’ve written. When they tried, the conversation ended with them asking me to hitch myself to their wagon. I’m not sure if they realized that one of my own ECOT educated children is in my wagon.

    Because instead of feel good stories you will give us, there will be a complete lack of facts and tangible statistics of real measurable educational goals and objectives.
    Now that’s funny.

  • Sorry Midview – responded to your questions without profanity or threatening language but was CENSORED again by PB’s moderators of democracy and free speech. They like to keep a tight control on the narratives here and have a hard time dealing with opposing viewpoints.. especially when it comes from those with credible experience to back up their viewpoints. I’m sure you understand.

  • john curry

    Taxpayers are also major losers….as well as public schools all over Ohio. What really frosts me is the fact that a combined school board org. (Lake Erie West) served to facilitate this highway robbery over decades. Basically…..all they cared about was the 3% that they skimmed off the top before handing money over to a bunch of thieves. They were just as complicit as was ECOT. as they promoted this madness.

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