Ohio 12 On The Issues: ECOT

The Ohio 12th Congressional District is not immune to the effects of the ECOT scandal. Plagued with allegations of improper campaign contributions, enrollment fraud, poor academic performance, and an outsized influence over state government – the now defunct school has become a pariah within the state.

With voters in 7 counties headed to the polls on August 7th to elect their next representative to Congress, we put together a fact sheet about the impacts of the scandal on schools in the 12th district.

Key Facts

  • Overall, Ohio schools lost $590 million in funding to ECOT since 2012. In District 12, $105.8 million was diverted from traditional public schools to ECOT over the same period.
  • To make up for lost funding, schools in the 12th District were forced to raise $7.1 million in local property tax dollars to subsidize losses to ECOT since 2012.
  • GOP candidate for OH-12, Troy Balderson has taken $10,850 in campaign contributions from ECOT founder Bill Lager and ECOT lobbyists.
  • Danny O’Connor has not received campaign contributions from individuals related to ECOT.

District by District Funding Losses

Below are the amounts transferred to ECOT from traditional public school districts within Congressional District 12 in the six years beginning in 2012. Only districts with 10% or more of their area within the district are shown.

School District Six-Year Total
 LOUDONVILLE-PERRYSVILLE EX VILL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $290,498
 BIG WALNUT LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $699,803
 COLONEL CRAWFORD LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $146,901
 BUCKEYE VALLEY LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $755,548
 CARDINGTON-LINCOLN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $377,539
 CENTERBURG LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $234,120
 CLEAR FORK VALLEY LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $322,874
 COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $62,897,188
 PICKERINGTON LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $1,893,354
 WALNUT TOWNSHIP LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $377,070
 DELAWARE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $2,235,565
 DUBLIN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $1,034,643
 EAST MUSKINGUM LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $408,464
 ELGIN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $153,210
 FRANKLIN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $548,100
 GAHANNA-JEFFERSON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $1,673,660
 GALION CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $976,680
 GRANVILLE EX VILL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $85,791
 HEATH CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $580,128
 FREDERICKTOWN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $342,909
 MOUNT VERNON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $2,590,207
 HIGHLAND LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $456,297
 HILLIARD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $2,691,660
 JOHNSTOWN-MONROE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $364,019
 LAKEWOOD LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $419,091
 LEXINGTON LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $643,067
 LICKING HEIGHTS LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $1,896,324
 LICKING VALLEY LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $177,765
 JONATHAN ALDER LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $376,032
 MADISON LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $1,602,237
 MANSFIELD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $4,054,484
 MAYSVILLE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $241,282
 MORGAN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $1,250,852
 MOUNT GILEAD EX VILL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $402,196
 NEWARK CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $2,862,686
 NORTH FORK LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $423,721
 NORTHERN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $455,142
 NORTHMOR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $315,768
 NORTHRIDGE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $234,170
 OLENTANGY LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $603,908
 TRI-VALLEY LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $638,633
 PLAIN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $267,510
 PLEASANT LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $150,513
 NOBLE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $242,395
 NEW LEXINGTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $1,102,135
 REYNOLDSBURG CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $2,220,537
 RIVER VALLEY LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $295,346
 SOUTHWEST LICKING LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $1,374,364
 WEST MUSKINGUM LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $409,038
 WESTERVILLE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $3,997,740
 WORTHINGTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $2,176,859
 ZANESVILLE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT  $1,303,256
 ONTARIO LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $389,266
 FAIRBANKS LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $127,720
 MARYSVILLE EX VILL SCHOOL DISTRICT  $1,556,007

>> Read our Fact Sheet About ECOT’s Impact on Ohio’s 12th District

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