To the editor:

The 2015-16 ECOT student audit by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) determined that 60 percent of the "enrolled" students were not participating.

There is no reason to believe that the ratio of enrollment to participation was any different the previous years.

ECOT collected $1 billion during its sordid existence. If the enrollment/participation pattern in 2015-16 was routine, ECOT stole at least a half billion dollars from Ohio school districts.

The egregious takeaway of this narrative is that a multitude of state officials allowed this to play out for nearly two decades. How could this abuse of taxpayers and students happen?

See Steve Dyer's October 26 10th Period at

William L. Phillis
Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding