In a rushed House Education Committee hearing today, Senate Bill 3 received nearly all of the proposed amendments without any significant debate thanks to the committee chair, Representative Andy Brenner, who shut down the conversation.
You can read about the amendments in yesterday’s post here: http://plunderbund.com/2016/12/04/exclusive-an-advance-look-at-the-new-senate-bill-3/
The bill is back on the schedule for another committee hearing on Wednesday morning at 9:30 am when additional amendments are expected to be tacked on with the bill passing shortly afterward and heading to the full House for rapid approval.
You can find whatever details exist about the bill here: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-documents?id=GA131-SB-3. Of course, since […]Full Story... →
We have just received this advanced copy of the Senate Bill 3 Omnibus bill with a list of 29 amendments that will be introduced in the House Education Committee tomorrow. We have not had a chance to analyze this 188-page replacement legislation, but wanted to get it out to the public as soon as possible.
As we mentioned last Wednesday when we theorized about the problems with Senate Bill 3, it certainly looks at first glance that Ohio’s GOP legislators are looking to push through a plethora of changes without giving the public an appropriate opportunity to respond. They […]Full Story... →
Who needs licensed teachers anyway, right?
When last we saw Ohio Senate Bill 3, Valentine’s Day had just ended and stores were starting to stock the shelves with summer wear here in Ohio (though Christmas decorations weren’t far behind). The bill had floundered for a while in the Ohio House and then appeared to be on the fast track for passage, though there did appear to be adequate time for hearings and public feedback.
And then John Kasich got in the heat of the presidential race and the Ohio Statehouse all but shut down and all committee meetings just […]Full Story... →
It’s not every day that I (Greg) get to recommend a personal and professional friend to such an important position as the Ohio School Board, so I jumped at the chance to talk to Dr. Antoinette Miranda when I found out she had decided to run for the seat being vacated by Mike Collins, who is out as a result of being term-limited.
The seat, representing State School Board District 6, covers much of Franklin County, and all of Delaware and Knox Counties (see map at right). While School Board candidates run as non-partisan, it’s important to note that Dr. […]Full Story... →
The central argument in the ECOT lawsuit attempting to block the Ohio Department of Education from auditing the charter school’s attendance is the claim that ECOT is not required to track login information for the students, but is simply required to “offer” students opportunities to log in and learn.
The school claims that an old contract with ODE stipulates this requirement for funding purposes. The school’s contract with their sponsor, however, contains language that states that ECOT’s attendance policy is that students will be engaged in learning for five hours per day and five days per week, meaning that the […]Full Story... →
Ohio’s largest for-profit charter school, ECOT, is embroiled in a contentious lawsuit with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the rhetoric has been ramping up all summer long, with ECOT now running regular commercials claiming that ODE is trying to shut down the school. We recently shared that the media company employed by ECOT (via the school’s management company). Third Wave Communications, is run by Jessica Lager Harris, the daughter of Altair and IQ Innovations owner, and ECOT founder, Bill Lager.
For the past decade plus, Bill Lager has been a major donor to campaigns of […]Full Story... →
The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), has been running appalling commercials against the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as part of its public relations campaign to prevent ODE from conducting an audit of the eschool’s attendance. The school has been running these commercials on television and had them produced after they filed a lawsuit in Franklin County in an attempt to stop ODE. You can read about and see the ads here and here.
It turns out that ECOT founder Bill Lager hired his own daughter’s company to produce those commercials and other media for the school using […]Full Story... →
The commercial ends with the “ECOT Senior” reading the final line of the script, “If ODE closes ECOT, where will I go?”
The good news is that it won’t be a problem, since she would not have been enrolled in ECOT next year regardless of what happens to the mega e-school.
As it turns out, Summer was simply playing a role in the commercial and, thanks to her independent efforts, she will be going to college next year.
We reached out to Summer when pictures surfaced of her at this year’s ECOT graduation ceremony in her cap & […]Full Story... →
In two new commercials, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) lies about the actions that the Ohio Department of Education is trying to take to ensure that the school is properly following operating procedures. The two commercials claim that “the Ohio Department of Education is trying to close” ECOT.
In reality, the Ohio Department of Education is actually trying to conduct a routine FTE Review to confirm that taxpayer dollars are being accurately delivered to the online giant.
Here is information from ODE’s FTE Review Handbook that describes the task ODE is attempting to complete per state law (referenced at the end):
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In the ongoing lawsuit by ECOT vs. Ohio Department of Education (ODE), ODE has responded by filing a motion requesting that the court compel ECOT to produce extensive, detailed financial information about the online charter school’s operations. If ECOT is forced to turn over the documentation detailing how they have been (and continue to) spend the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars they are given annually, the public will finally be given an unprecedented look into how their money is spent and whether the money is actually focused on providing the “high-quality learning opportunities” that ECOT claims exist.
The response […]Full Story... →
Last week, the state’s largest charter school, ECOT, filed a request for a temporary restraining order to prevent the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) from conducting an (already-delayed-by-request) review of ECOT documents. The claims by ECOT are unfounded and hold no basis in law, and the ODE response filed today calls the school out.
You can read ECOT’s full request for a temporary restraining order here.
The response filed today (get pdf copy here) by ODE is below: