A virtual school controversy in Pennsylvania that centers on the definition of "residency" points to an area of concern that cyber schools in other states might one day have to grapple with, too.

The dispute involves more than $100,000 in tuition that taxpayers in a suburban Pittsburgh school district paid for U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's children to be educated via computer at their Virginia home--revealing a basic flaw in Pennsylvania's 2002 cyber-school law.

Although the law requires school districts to pay for any resident students enrolled in a cyber school,


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