Week in Review - 11/29/2019

Week in Review - 11/29/2019

EDUCATION

Attorneys for Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) founder William Lager recently found tens of thousands of documents to turn over to the state in lawsuit discovery, prompting all lawyers involved in the case to ask for a delay of several months, which the presiding judge granted. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft agreed this week to an amended case schedule that will stretch discovery, originally scheduled to end Jan. 31, through June 2020. A new deadline for dispositive motions was set for Aug. 31, 2020, followed by a status conference Sept. 15.


The former head of the defunct Akron Digital Academy approved payments to a vendor that were largely passed on to herself and the vendor's owner, Auditor Keith Faber's office said in a recent report. The audit of FY18 concluded that $167,753 paid to Individual Development and Education Achievement Services (IDEAS) constituted illegal spending, and Faber issued a finding for recovery against Danielle Lumpkin, former head of school for Akron Digital Academy, and Lashawn Terrell, owner of IDEAS.


Members of the State Board of Education Graduation Requirements and High School Redesign Task Force discussed where to set a new statutorily mandated "competency score" on state tests required for graduation at a Monday meeting, with members seeking to strike a balance between academic rigor and concerns surrounding student passage rates.