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State auditor: ECOT inflated time students spent learning

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio’s auditor says the state’s then-largest online charter school inflated the amount of time students spent learning by failing to deduct the time students were inactive online.

An audit released by Auditor Dave Yost Thursday also said the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow didn’t document whether students were learning during times the company claimed for payment.

Yost says the company may have broken the law by misleading state regulators by withholding information. He referred his findings to state and federal prosecutors for review.

The audit also said private affiliates should repay $250,000 in taxpayer money it used for television ads attacking a state effort to recoup funding due to overstated attendance figures.

A message left with an attorney representing ECOT wasn’t immediately returned.

The school closed in January.

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