APS Welcoming ECOT Students

APS Welcoming ECOT Students
Posted on 01/16/2018
Image of Akron Public Schools Logo(Published 1/15/18 ohiodotcom/Akron Beacon Journal, writer Theresa Cottom)

As some school districts across the state scramble to find room for a potential influx of ECOT students, Akron Public Schools says it began preparing a year ago when the online school’s attendance rates were in question.

Mark Williamson, spokesman for Akron Public Schools, said the district has been in touch with the 200 Akron kids who are enrolled in the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow to let them know the district can accommodate them.

“As soon as we found out they were in trouble, we sent letters to all the families of kids in our district who go to ECOT,” Williamson said. “We saved seats for all these kids.”

He said several families already have inquired.

The Columbus Dispatch reported last week that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, the state’s largest charter school, could be forced to shut down this week.

The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West said it was withdrawing its sponsorship of the online school. Under state rules, a charter school cannot operate without a sponsor.

Williamson said that the district also has APS Online. It’s an online learning program, but students are required to visit a school in the district once a week to meet with an adviser.

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