Court won’t halt funding reductions for online school ECOT

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court won’t temporarily halt the state’s efforts to recoup $60 million from one of the nation’s largest online charter schools, which says it could soon be forced to close in the middle of the school year.

The state has reduced monthly payments to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow to start recouping disputed funding while a legal challenge is pending. ECOT says it will run out of cash and close by early 2018 if the court doesn’t intervene.

The school asked the court to block the funding adjustments pending its legal challenge or expedite hearing the case. The court denied that request Wednesday.

ECOT’s spokesman and attorneys representing the school and the Ohio Department of Education didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment on the decision. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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