Judge allows Ohio review of online charter school’s records

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge is allowing the state to review certain attendance records at Ohio’s largest online charter school that could jeopardize the school’s $106 million in annual funding.

Franklin County Judge Jenifer French on Friday sided with the Ohio Department of Education against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT.

French rejected a request by ECOT to block the state from requiring the school provide log-in durations as a way of measuring how many students attend the school.

Earlier this week, the state said ECOT’s enrollment is nearly 60 percent lower than originally reported, potentially jeopardizing about $60 million in state funding from last year.

School spokesman Neil Clark said an appeal was being filed immediately and the school continues to believe state law is on its side.