This Issue Memo is a compendium of actions taken or proposed in Pennsylvania and other states and cities in the last several years as they struggle to fund and reform public pensions. It updates the report of a bipartisan public pension working group that identified options for funding and reforming public employee pensions in Pennsylvania.  A.. read more →

A policy brief published by the Temple University Center on Regional Politics approaches the question of how Philadelphia compares to other large cities in the U.S. in terms of its level of overall tax effort, as well as for particular functions, including K-12 public education. “This analysis shows Philadelphia’s taxpayers are supporting their public schools at.. read more →

A policy brief published by the Center on Regional Politics in January 2016 approaches the question of how Philadelphia compares to other large cities in the US in terms of its level of tax effort, overall, as well as for particular functions, including K-12 public education. Critics of Philadelphia’s support for schools have suggested that.. read more →

This ground breaking RAND Corporation study projects that Pennsylvania could realize tens of billions of dollars in additional economic growth and move its students to the top of world and U.S. rankings by closing test score gaps based on race and ethnicity, family economic status, and parental education.  The study, believed to be the first of.. read more →

This policy brief summarizes fund balances for Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts as of the close of fiscal year 2013-14. It updates the policy brief summarizing such balances for fiscal year 2012-13, published by CORP last August. Accompanying this year’s brief  are fund balances for all 500 districts, as well as for charter and technical schools,.. read more →

As reported in our latest Bulletin, policymakers and leaders at our May 6 symposium were exposed to enormous amounts of ground-breaking research on the economic gains achievable from closing student performance gaps and on how the world’s best school systems got to the top. Here are highlights from both presentations: • We rank high among.. read more →

Find the presentations from our symposium on lifting student achievement to grow PA’s economy in Harrisburg on May 6, 2015. Key Findings: Pennsylvania could realize up to $5 billion in additional annual economic growth and overall benefit to society by closing school performance gaps, according to the ground-breaking RAND study presented by senior economist Lynn Karoly,.. read more →

Key Findings: Most school districts in Pennsylvania will not have sufficient revenues over the next three years to support their mandated and necessary expenditures. Sixty percent of the districts in the state will face severe and prolonged program and staff reductions to balance their budgets, which will reduce the quality of education in those districts and.. read more →

Many states incorporate measures of tax capacity and tax effort in their school funding formulas so the state government has a rational basis for providing additional aid to school districts with fewer local resources to fund schools.  Pennsylvania historically has used the market value of real estate as an important element in measuring school district.. read more →

View the most recent update on CORP activities, including the upcoming May 6 education funding symposium, a pension update, and the current Board of Fellows. read more →