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State House passes cyber school law

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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