(HAMILTON)- The Butler County Executive Committee will meet in Trenton on Thurs., June 21 to appoint over 40 new members to its Executive Committee as consider a resolution to endorse Rich Cordray for Governor and Vanessa Enoch for the 8th Congressional District. The party will also h
When the Lakota School District put a levy on the ballot in 2013, I was part of a great team that worked very hard to help it pass, which it did. It was crucial for the school district.
What I learned about school funding, both while working on the levy and since, is a big part of why I’m running for public office. Have you ever heard of ECOT?
It may be the biggest financial scandal in Ohio history.
ECOT — the “Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow” — closed earlier this year. It was a “virtual” school. Its 12,000 students were spread across Ohio, getting their education online.
ECOT was privately owned, and a for-profit school. Yet it was also considered, under state law, a public charter school. It received about $1 billion in taxpayer money since it opened in 2000.
State Auditor Dave Yost said that ECOT was inflating its attendance numbers. Yost said ECOT was counting a computer turned on at a student’s home as meaning the child was doing schoolwork. Really? As every parent with a school-age child and a computer knows, a computer turned on does not mean schoolwork is being done. The Ohio Department of Education said ECOT overcharged taxpayers by $80 million just in the last two years.
Yost is referring his audit to law enforcement authorities to see if criminal charges should be filed.
How did ECOT get away with this for so long? Well, ECOT’s founder, Bill Lager, and his associates donated millions to members of the Ohio Statehouse over many years. Is there a connection? You decide.
Our school funding system in Ohio is broken.
(HAMILTON)- The newly elected members of the Butler County Democratic Party’s County Central Committee will hold the party’s reorganization meeting to elect new officers for the party’s Central Committee and then constitute the party’s Executive Committee and elects