COLUMBUS – Auditor Dave Yost failed to crack down on the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow back in 2014 when a whistleblower “made allegations that ECOT was cooking its attendance books” — and now the e-charter owes Ohio as much as $80 million for inflating student enrollment numbers in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.
“Dave Yost has enabled ECOT to rip off up to $80 million — that we know of, for now — from taxpayers and Ohio kids,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “When Ohioans talk about a rigged political system where powerful special interests get cozy with politicians and buy lax oversight, ECOT is exhibit A, and Dave Yost has shown a pattern of either incompetence or letting political considerations get in the way of doing the right thing. From giving ECOT an award for record-keeping not once, not twice, but three times, to letting ECOT dictate the terms of their own investigation at the same time he was cashing their founder’s political contributions, Yost has proved he is part of the problem in Columbus.
“Given today’s news, there needs to be an independent audit of ECOT’s books going back to before Yost’s office dropped the ball in 2014. Who knows how many more millions ECOT has wasted over the years?
“Dave Yost can run around Columbus claiming he wants to clean up the mess he created with ECOT — but we’ll be there to hold him accountable from now until November 2018. Ohio’s next attorney general needs to be someone who has the record and integrity to hold special interests like ECOT accountable and make the office accountable to Ohioans — not their donors.”