The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) has collected hundreds of millions of dollars from Ohio taxpayers to pay for online schooling st home. The owner of ECOT makes large campaign gifts to legislators. The school delivers low-level instruction and gets terrible results. High attrition, low test scores, and (according to the New York Times) the lowest high school graduation rate in the nation.
Incredibly, the Ohio Department of Education audited ECOT and found that its enrollment numbers are vastly inflated. The state ordered ECOT to refund $60 million.
ECOT went to court to challenge the state’s right to demand accountability. ECOT lost. ECOT announced layoffs.
Now ECOT is blitzing the state with TV ads to protest the state’s efforts to recover the$60 million in overcharges.
This is the definition of chutzpah.