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Ohio, online schools battle over documenting attendance

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The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow finds itself at the center of a dispute regarding online charter school attendance, but the Columbus Dispatch reports the group’s situation is hardly unique.

ECOT stands to lose at least $80 million in funding if it is unsuccessful in its fight against the use of log-in durations as a measure of “learning opportunities,” even though schools were not made aware of the Ohio Department of Education’s new login standards until midway through the last school year.

“These review letters make clear that there is no way for e-schools to meet the retroactive demands of a department that is set to destroy school choices for Ohio families,” said ECOT lobbyist Neil Clark. “It is impossible for schools to comply with the arbitrary demands of (the department) after a school year had already passed. This is proof that (the department) is simply out of control.”

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Amelia Hamilton was a former Watchdog.org education correspondent.