Two years after the Pennsylvania Legislature made the state responsible for approving internet-based charter schools, the way these "cyber schools" are funded remains a sore spot for many area school districts, which must foot the bill.

In recent weeks, Pennsylvania has sent out hundreds of warning letters about overdue cyber-school tuition payments, said Dan Felix, the state Education Department's charter-schools teams leader.

"We wish school districts would pay the cyber schools," Felix said, "but this is their form of denial."

If schools

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