Santorum knocks gov't over schools but takes money

ANDREW MIGA Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As Rick Santorum presses for the conservative votes he needs to overtake GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, the former senator hammers away at the role state and federal governments play in running schools.

Santorum plays up how he and his wife have home-schooled their seven children and says parents should be the ones responsible for educating their kids.

Yet back when Santorum was a senator from Pennsylvania, he got a Pittsburgh-area school district to help pay tens of thousands of dollars in tuition for his children to receive online schooling.

Santorum's campaign isn't responding to questions about his family's online instruction. It's not known whether his children received teaching at home in addition to what they got online.

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