State officials overpaid Ohio's first online charter school $1.7 million last year, providing money for students even though they did not meet official enrollment standards, the state auditor said Nov. 13.

Although the Columbus-based Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (eCOT) said it had enrolled more than 2,000 students in September 2000, for example, only seven actually received computer-based instruction, said state auditor Jim Petro.

He said both eCOT and the Department of Education shared blame.

Petro called the department's lack of oversight "an

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