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Ohio: ECOT, the Nation’s Biggest Dropout Factory, Designated as a Dropout Prevention and Recovery Center

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Are the legislators of Ohio insane? Is the Ohio Department of Education totally corrupt?

Those are some of the questions that come to mind on reading that the state has agreed to designate the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow as a recipient of funding for dropout prevention and recovery center.

ECOT certainly knows a lot about dropouts.

It produces more dropouts than any other “school” in the state of Ohio, more than any other school in the nation.

As Stephen Dyer shows, ECOT performs worse than any other district in the state:

Now that it appears the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow — the state’s largest online school and the nation’s largest producer of high school dropouts — will be classified as a dropout recovery and prevention school (without a hint of irony) by the Ohio Department of Education, it is useful to look at just how dreadful ECOT’s performance has been.

In the 2016-2017 school year, ECOT received $103 million in state money meant for kids in Ohio school districts, but which went instead to ECOT. Not a single penny came from a district that performed worse in more report card categories than ECOT. Only $2,204 of the $103 million came from a district whose performance was the same.

But here’s the amazing stat: More than $25 million of that $103 million came from districts that outperformed ECOT in EVERY SINGLE COMPARABLE REPORT CARD CATEGORY!

That’s right. One out of every 4 dollars going to ECOT comes from a district that in every way outperforms ECOT — the largest single chunk of state funding transfers to the school.

Naturally, the inquiring mind wonders who made this decision. It didn’t just happen. Someone or several someones just sat down and said, how can we shovel more millions of taxpayer dollars to the worst performing virtual charter school in the state? in the nation?

Were they incompetent or corrupt? I leave that to you to decide.

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