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ECOT and Payoffs to Ohio Politicians: How to Avoid Any Accountability by Diane Ravitch

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See How Public Money is stolen: Diane Ravitch, former Ass't Secy' of Education, posted many times over the years about the giant fraud called the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in Ohio, or ECOT. Ohio doesn't permit for-profit charters, yet ECOT was set up--like many 'nonprofit charters'--to produce huge profits for its owner, William Lager, who opened ECOT in 2001. it was closed down in 2018 after collecting about $1 billion from the state.  After a major expose in the New York Times showing that ECOT had the lowest graduation rate of any school in the nation and that Lager's related companies were making large profits by providing goods and services to the school, Ohio officials began to take a closer look at ECOT.

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