ECOT seeks new designation from state

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The giant online charter school locked in a legal fight with Ohio officials over millions of dollars is moving to be designated as a dropout prevention school if the state approves that change.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow board officials Tuesday approved switching the designation.

The newspaper reports ECOT officials declined to answer questions about the move following Tuesday's meeting.

Dropout recovery schools get a separate, much more lenient state report than traditional schools.

The new designation also could allow ECOT to expand enrollment at a time when it's under an order by the state Department of Education to refund $60 million for lax attendance.