COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has led an unfair charge against Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) which could undermine school choice in Ohio.
Their success could end education access for 35,193 students statewide and more than 14,000 currently enrolled at ECOT. Additionally, 885 jobs held by teachers; over 300 staff including guidance counselors, software programmers and support staff would be lost affecting Ohio families.
The Ohio Department of Education seeks to re-calculate funding to Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow (ECOT) for the 2015-16 school years and demand retroactive reimbursement. This potential "claw back" for funds already paid to ECOT ignores 2,386 successful graduates in 2015 and 2,491 in 2016. This claw back is unprecedented.
"The school system, brick and mortal schools failed Raja and Lionel. The bullying was so severe and it wasn't just from the students. My husband and I decided to pull them out, and before we picked ECOT we did a lot of research on a lot of online schools. There are so many teachers with ECOT that actually will make the time that they need any help they need with anything," Tamika Santiago, ECOT Parent
FACT: ECOT is a tuition-free, fully accredited online K-12 school
FACT: ECOT graduates more students than any school or district in Ohio
FACT: ECOT gives the graduate a diploma
Where: Ohio Statehouse, Museum Gallery
When: Wednesday February 8, 2017, 9-10am Eastern
Streaming via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/ECOTSchool
Press check in at 8:30am in the Museum Gallery, mult box available, b-roll online at www.ecotohio.org, individual interviews available with speakers.
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