Who We Are.
We are a group of parents, alumni, and supporters of ECOT who engage the legislature, press and public on issues affecting our school. Our community is student, family and teacher focused and doesn't walk any political party lines.
ECOT PALS mission is to build a vibrant community of supporters, advocates and outspoken evangelists for public school innovation and choice in the State of Ohio.
Some politicians, media, and think tanks have overly-politicized, twisted and attempted to define a statewide “charter school debate” on their own terms. They leverage generalizations, misrepresentations and flat out lies about our school while purposefully dismissing the voices of us... actual ECOT families, students, grads and teachers. They drive an "us vs. them" narrative to sway public opinion and legislation while we speak from a position of "public school choice." Sadly, their goal is to defund public school choice and route educational tax-funding exclusively to the decades-old traditional education system and not where individual student's needs are best served.
What We Believe.
- We believe that "the way we've always done it” is not good enough for all anymore.
- We believe in public school innovation and choice for Ohio's kids and families.
- We believe that ECOT is leading the way towards the future of primary public education.
- We believe that ECOT is a critically valuable resource to the residents of Ohio.
We Are Growing.
ECOT PALS Kicked off January 2016.
Today = 2500+ Total Community Members
We Have a Voice.
- We’re sharing unfiltered and unsponsored ECOT Family Stories through our blog and social channels
- We’re sharing unfiltered and unsponsored ECOT Teacher Stories through our blog and social channels
- We’re sharing unfiltered and unsponsored OP-ED For Public School Innovation & Choice opinion through our blog and social channels
- We’re speaking to the people, the thought leaders, the media and the legislature
We Won't Be Bullied.
We are direct response towards slanderous media aimed at ECOT parents, students, teachers and our school via blog and social media comments, letters to the editors, etc.
Each day, battles rage on over the necessity and effectiveness of charter schools in our state and all across the country. These battles are primarily centered around money and politics.... are fueled by misinformation.... and fought in the media, behind the doors of legislature and even between uninformed citizen neighbors. Sadly, the voices of the actual students, parents and teachers are not always equally represented in these debates.
ECOT PALS exists to bring some humanity to the discussion.
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Ohio Teachers, Students and Their Families Are Under Attack
Are you interested in the truth? Please watch this 37 minute deep dive on eschool attacks, double standards and incompetency from the Ohio Department of Education - as well as the reckless misinformation spread by The Columbus Dispatch, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and much more.
Please stand up and take action to protect these students and preserve their opportunity to a public education.
After a lengthy two-year legal battle, hundreds of hours of testimony, thousands of pages of court documents, and scouring of numerous legal statutes, it all boiled down to the Ohio Department of Education attorney Doug Cole focusing on what he considered to be “absurd. View Post->
Our students, teachers, and staff are the victims of our government and professional groups design to shut ECOT down. OEA, AFT, and ODE relentlessly campaigned against ECOT through lobbying, donations to political campaigns, and manipulation of procedures and policy. View Post->
This is a flagrant violation of the First Amendment, the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, in that this member of the state legislature refuses to even hear the grievances brought forth by concerned parents, staff, alumni and current students. View Post->
The biggest challenge of mobility is that each student's scenario is entirely unique. For some, they need a right place right time solution to finish out their K-12 journey. For other students, mobility challenges define their entire public school experience. View Post->
When what is in the best interest of children (allowing them to finish their school year) loses to politics and money, it is a disgrace that needs to be shouted nationwide!. View Post ->
It is most certainly the job of regulators to make allowances and/or exceptions whenever needed. Not as to be an ever present excuse, but rather an aid in the efforts of upholding an education system that supports all. View Post->
I’m the face behind the screen. The face to The Ohio Department of Education that seems to not exist. Or maybe I am only a dollar sign. I’m the face that believes in school choice. I’m the face that believes in the right choice. But most importantly, I am one of the many faces of ECOT. View Post->
From that day forward, I knew why I worked at ECOT. I knew I had the heart, patience, and beliefs to help children like Christina and parents like Mrs. White. I knew my work, my school, meant this little girl would be safe and unafraid. That she would never again see the spit of her classmates on her sleeve…or in her face. View Post->
Pushing legislation, rules and actions that may effectively displace 10's of thousands of our state's children, teachers and education administrators should not be handled so carelessly. These efforts are such a large threat to our families, our state economy, our right to choose and all of Ohio's future. We're fired up too and rightfully so.View Post->
What the Senator has shown in his words and actions is that he is playing politics with public education. He seems squarely focused on intentional and blind protectionism of the traditional institutional system at any cost or consequence to opportunity for Ohio's students. View Post ->
Abigail had to look beyond the traditional public school system to find a way to stay close to her newborn, but had no idea how her experience at ECOT would change her perspective and impact her and her new baby's life - View Post ->
There is little doubt that ECOT is changing the paradigm of public education... and it's not by blindly giving students iPads or a way for students to simply click their way to a diploma. ECOT teachers are harnessing the efficiency that technology provides while leveraging the power of teamwork to meet the unique learning needs of their students. View Post ->
After teaching English at a brick-and-mortar high school for 18 years, Maryalice Leister has been fearlessly pursuing educational technology to create more meaningful connections with her students. View Post ->
When her mother became very ill, everything seemed to change for high school freshman, Sara. Up against odds that many couldn’t possibly imagine, she found acceptance, support and a new hope for her future at ECOT. View Post -->
From isolation to recommended medication, the system was failing an energetic 2nd grader named Dax. Jane turned to ECOT to find a schooling solution that works for him. View Post -->
Constantly chasing new standards and screwing around with questionable measures while repeatedly attempting to march our diverse and fragile system towards different finish line grades is getting us nowhere. View Post ->
Looking at the crushing human and taxpayer consequences of bullying, those serious about public school innovation and the future of public education need to reconsider their anti-school-choice actions and start to measure what matters. View Post ->
"Over the past 16 years, ECOT has fulfilled its responsibilities to my family by providing my children with a high-quality curriculum, exceedingly dedicated teachers and a well rounded, solid education. Please respect my decision to choose the education I deem best suited for my family" View Post ->
As a current ECOT Special Needs teacher, I have seen firsthand the positive effect that online school can have on a student. It is true that online learning is not for every student, but it absolutely is the right choice for many students. Not only is it the right choice, but it is oftentimes the last and only choice for students. View Post ->
In response to a recent fury of misinformation, outright lies and uninformed opinion being spread by those who wish to defund and destroy school choice in Ohio, ECOT (Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow) advocates have had enough and are starting to speak out. View Post->
With new capabilities in technology, new socioeconomic challenges and new science behind how people learn and grow... major changes to a K-12 format that is so long in the tooth should be expected and embraced. View Post ->