Ohio online charter school loses bid to block state audit


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has rejected an effort by Ohio’s largest online charter school to block the state’s audit of its attendance that the school says could affect millions of dollars it gets in state funding.

A Franklin County Common Pleas judge in Columbus on Monday denied the request by the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, to block the audit that began Monday.

A preliminary state review raised questions about ECOT’s attendance figures, which help determine a school’s funding. ECOT students work on computers instead of in actual classrooms.

The school has sued to prevent the state Department of Education from forcing it to provide records of when students logged in.

An ECOT spokesman says Monday’s ruling doesn’t impact the overall case, which continues challenging alleged rule changes by the department.

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