A newspaper commentary authored by the state Senate Education Committee chairwoman contains a passage that is nearly identical to a post found on a pro-charter school website.

Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, on Thursday denied copying the passage.

“If it’s similar that’s pretty amazing,” she said. “It is an incredible coincidence.”

Rucker’s commentary was published in Thursday’s Register-Herald. It was also sent Wednesday to the Gazette-Mail, which hasn’t published it. It included this:

“For example, the community of Tidioute, Penn. — with a population of only 654 — had success in establishing a charter school when the district proposed closing its school as a part of a consolidation. Because of their remote geography,

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