FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

TOLEDO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: “WE REALLY DON’T BELIEVE THE AG IS IN THE BEST POSITION TO RECOVER [ECOT] MONEY”

Toledo Public Schools Joins Four Other School Districts in Motion to Intervene in ECOT Lawsuit

In case you missed it…Toledo Public Schools joined with four other school districts in a motion to intervene in the state’s lawsuit against ECOT and its founder Bill Lager.

Why? First, they know DeWine is wholly unfit to tackle the suit and any ‘action’ he’s taken can only be equated with grandstanding in an election year. Second, they know his ticket mate in line for the AG job, Dave Yost, will make Ohio even worse off. Heck, even Mike DeWine thinks that!

The motion to intervene itself lays out matter-of-factly why Dave Yost has no business cleaning up the $200 million mess he made for Ohioans:

KEY POINTS:

  • Like the other districts, Toledo does not believe the Ohio Attorney General can adequately represent their interests in this case.

  • “We have a fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers in the district to recover any and all money lost at the hand of ECOT,” said TPS board president Polly Taylor-Gerken. “And we really don’t believe the Attorney General is in the best position to recover that money.”

  • “We actually paid them money for students they were not educating,” Ms. Taylor-Gerken said. “They owe that money back to the community and the school districts in the communities across Toledo.”

  • Ellen Kramer, one of the attorneys representing TPS, Dayton Public Schools, Logan-Hocking Schools, Springfield in Clark County, and Lake Local Schools in Wood County, said the districts aren’t confident that Mr. DeWine will zealously pursue the money lost at the hands of ECOT.

  • “He could have done something about ECOT years ago, and he waited until August in an election year,” she said.

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