Mike DeWine has been feeling the heat for his role in the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal — the largest and costliest scandal in Ohio history. The scandal has quickly become a central issue in DeWine’s uninspiring campaign for governor.
Education advocates have been barnstorming the state — accompanied by Eddy the Eagle, ECOT’s former mascot — condemning DeWine for looking the other way as ECOT scammed Ohio taxpayers and schools out of hundreds of millions of dollars.
In case you missed it, Cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer ran a profile on Eddy flying around the state “jabbing his talons at politicians he blames for supporting the now-closed school.”
After years of looking the other way and enabling ECOT, and months of claiming he was unable to act, DeWine buckled under the pressure of Eddy’s talons and the parents, teachers, and education advocates who have been calling DeWineout. DeWine’s recent action is way too little, way too late and a blatantly transparent political maneuver. In a last minute effort to cover for his abject failure on ECOT, DeWine has even resorted to using “Democratic arguments to seek money from ex-ECOT officials.” As the Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com said, “That DeWine is aiming at a longstanding problem now, during campaign season, is raising eyebrows. Why would this be illegal now, but not worthy of action years ago?”
Worse yet, DeWine’s campaign is still sitting on $36,000 in political donations tied to ECOT.
Here’s a look at what they’re saying across the state:
Outside of Hughes High School
Outside of Stivers School for the Arts
Outside of Attorney General DeWine’s Columbus office
Outside of Attorney General DeWine’s Toledo office
Outside of the Akron courthouse; outside of Attorney General DeWine’s Cleveland office; outside of Lorain City Hall