OAPCS Issues Statement on Today's Ruling from the Franklin County Common Pleas Court Regarding the ECOT Attendance Audit

October 2, 2016

Columbus, Ohio -- The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) released the following statement regarding today's ruling from the Franklin County Common Pleas Court to deny ECOT's request for a preliminary injunction against the Ohio Department of Education:

“We are hopeful that this ruling resolves the questions about what is expected for virtual schools to track student engagement and learning,” said RaShaun Holliman, CEO and President of OAPCS.

“This clarifies that the state has the authority to define acceptable documentation for student attendance and course completion,” he said. “Accountability and transparency are key aspects of quality charter schools and attendance is an important component of student engagement,” he added.

“Ultimately, it is in the best interest of the students to ensure that they are receiving the quality education they deserve in their public charter school,” he said. “Academic success should be the goal and we hope this ruling is accepted,” he said. “The focus moving forward needs to be providing all public charter school students, including virtual students, with the support and preparation they need for college and career readiness,” Holliman said.

 

About the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools (OAPCS)

The Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools is a membership organization that aspires to provide children with greater educational opportunities by improving the quality and fostering the growth of Ohio’s public charter schools. Approximately 125,000 students attend public charter schools in Ohio.