Students enrolled in online charter schools, or cyber schools, would have to
live within a school district with their parents to be considered residents of that district under a measure passed yesterday
by the House, 175-24. The measure now goes to the Senate.
Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D., Allegheny) said his proposal, which was attached to an education bill, seeks to clarify that school
districts do not have to pay cyber school tuition for students whose families live out of state. Cyber schools would be allowed
to charge tuition for students who do not meet the new residency requirements.
DeLuca said he introduced the measure in response to a dispute over $100,000 in tuition that taxpayers in the Penn Hills
School District near Pittsburgh paid for Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's children to be educated via computer at their
Virginia home. The dispute has not been resolved.
AP, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 22, 2005
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