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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Revives Phony Santorum Scandal
Howard Richman, 2/15/2012

[This blog entry that I wrote was originally published today on the American Thinker website. Click here to read it there.]

The Democrat-leaning Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is trying to revive the so-called "scandal" that the Democrats trumpeted during their successful campaign to unseat Rick Santorum in 2006.

Other news outlets are starting to pick up the Post-Gazette's claims. For example, in an article published on February 14 and linked to by the Drudge Report ("Santorum's Electability Pitch Undermined by 2006 Senate Reelection Loss"), Bloomberg reports:

Santorum's 2006 loss came after he was accused by Democrats of being hypocritical for moving his family to suburban Virginia, yet still claiming a property tax deduction and tuition reimbursement in Pennsylvania. The school district where his Penn Hills home was located paid $55,000 to reimburse the online education of his children through the state's Cyber Charter School program, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The state repaid the district in a legal settlement after a Democratic school board member challenged the reimbursement.

Here's what really happened. From 1996 through 2001, Senator Santorum and his wife Karen homeschooled their children privately in Pennsylvania, submitting their affidavits and portfolios each year to the Penn Hills School District for review. Each year, they saved the Penn Hills School District the cost of the Santorum children's education.

Beginning in the fall of 2001, the Santorums enrolled their children in Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, a public school founded by one of Pennsylvania's public school districts which provides free internet-based education to children across Pennsylvania....

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Enrollment Climbing in PA Cyber-Charter Schools
Howard Richman, 6/16/2010

According to the most recent statistics (for 2008-2009 school year), enrollment in Pennsylvania Cyber-Charter Schools has continued to grow as shown by the graph below:

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The biggest five cyber-charter schools that year were PA Cyber, Agora, PA Virtual, Commonwealth Connections, and PA Leadership, as shown in the following graph:...

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