Ohio online charter school takes on state in court, on TV

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s largest online charter school has taken its dispute with the state over access to attendance records to the courts and the airwaves.

That’s raised questions in turn over using taxpayer funds to fight state regulators.

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow says it will produce the records by week’s end. But it continues to fight Ohio Department of Education plans for an audit, which would determine full-time student enrollment and future state funding.

ECOT aired two ads around the state reinforcing claims of a lawsuit alleging the department changed rules midstream so it can recalculate ECOT’s attendance and “readjust” its funding for last school year.

A state Senate leader said such use of education dollars is “unbelievable.” A consultant to ECOT said it’s holding the state accountable.