The school board last night voted unanimously to accept $55,000 from the state Department of Education to settle a dispute over money withheld from the district to pay for the children of U.S. Senator Rick Santorum to attend a cyber charter school.
At issue was whether Senator Santorum and his wife, Karen, live in Penn Hills and whether they were eligible for the tuition payments the school district must pay for any of its students who attend charter schools. They own a small house on Stephens Lane in Penn Hills, next to Mrs. Santorum's parents, but live in a much larger house in Virginia.
About $72,000 was withheld from Penn Hills to pay for tuition for five of Mr. Santorum's six children to attend Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. Several of the children were enrolled during the 2001-02 school year and others during the 2003-04 school year. Once the controversy surfaced, the children were withdrawn from the cyber school and were then home schooled.