“No excuses” charter schools now making excuses, but shouldn’t be.

NOPE.  Cyber charter schools, like ECOT, can’t claim their failures are because of poverty anymore.  Even though they try.

Lobbyist Neil Clark, spokesman for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, is throwing to the wind the mantras of “all kids can learn” and “stop making excuses for failure” that prevailed during the birth of Ohio’s charter schools.

A recent CREDO report on e-schools shows that e-schools have the same poverty problems as common public schools, but ECOT’s graduation rate is still the lowest in the country.

From the CREDO study:

credo povery chart

ECOT’s advertising campaign has obviously kicked in, starting in 2008, and has been drawing in students from all over Ohio.  So now that the poverty level is similar between ECOT and Public Schools, what is their excuse for 62% of their students not graduating?

So much for “every student can learn,” and how about that whole accountability thing.

ECOT poverty credo

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What you’ll never hear in an ECOT ad…

Elizabeth Stillgess, the parent of a former ECOT student, testified before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee on May 2, 2016.  She knows firsthand why so many students leave ECOT.

ECOT parent quote