Ohio, online charter battle in court over student log-ins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state review has found that enrollment at Ohio’s largest online charter school is nearly 60 percent lower than originally reported, potentially jeopardizing about $60 million of the e-school’s state funding from last year.

The Ohio Department of Education told the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow about its findings Monday. It comes amid a legal battle over how head counts for the school and other online schools in Ohio are determined.

The school tried to block regulators’ access to student log-in and log-out information, charging the education department imposed illegal retroactive rules on it for counting students.

The court ordered the Electronic Classroom to turn over a sample of student log sheets that the department used to come up with its total enrollment.

A school spokesman calls the process a sham.