ECOT Fallout: Missing Students, Returned Donations, Criminal Accusations

The mid-year closure of Ohio's largest full-time online charter school has had far-reaching effects, as seen in a roundup of recent headlines.

Ohio's Largest Cyber Charter Closes Mid-Year

The 12,000-student Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow has closed its doors following a long battle with state officials over student attendance and funding.

Court Orders Pa. to Approve Thrice-Rejected Cyber Charter Applicant

A Pa. Commonwealth Court rejected years of arguments by state officials that the nonprofit board of Insight PA Cyber Charter would not be independent of […]

Better-Educated Families Less Likely to Choose Pa. Cyber Charters, Study Finds

Better information about the poor performance of Pa.'s full-time online charters has lead to an inequitable school-choice marketplace, Penn State researcher Bryan Mann contends.

Online Charter Students in Ohio Perform Far Worse Than Peers, Study Finds

A new NYU/RAND study found that Ohio e-schools tend to attract low-performing white students, who often fall quickly behind students in regular schools.

Betsy DeVos Used Cherry-Picked Graduation Rates for Cyber Charters

In written responses to a key Democratic senator, the nominee for education secretary used those figures to argue that full-time online charter schools are a […]

Connections Education: A Defense of Cyber Charters

As part of an 8-month investigation of cyber charter schools, Education Week spoke extensively with senior officials from Connections Education, focusing on the company's response […]

Promise to Problems: 15 Years of Ed Week Coverage of Cyber Charter Schools

From troubling research to policy trends to videos for the PBS News Hour, Education Week has been exploring the world of cyber charter schools for […]

9 Ohio Cybers Could Be Forced to Repay More than $80M After Attendance Audits

Audits of student login and software-usage records at nine Ohio cyber charters found the schools could not justify the full-time attendance of thousands of students.

Ohio Cyber Charter Dramatically Inflated Attendance, State Audit Finds

Attendance and login records show that Ohio's Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow was paid for 9,000 students more than it should have been, according to a […]

Ohio's Largest Cyber Charter Loses Bid to Block Attendance Audit

The 15,000-student Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow warned it may be forced to close if its funding is adjusted to reflect actual student login times.

Large Pa. Cyber Charter Under Review for Data Irregularities

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is reviewing the operations, finances, and child-accounting practices of the troubled 8,500-student Agora Cyber Charter School.

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