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 →

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly grapples with the difficult task of reforming the formula for supporting the Commonwealth’s 500 public school districts, a century-old question has arisen: Do we have too many school districts? Could we make better use of limited resources if the legislature were to require, or incentivize, consolidation? Whatever the policy or.. read more →

As part of the University Consortium to Improve Public School Finance and Promote Economic Growth, CORP released a Policy Brief on “Hold Harmless Education Finance Policies in the U.S.: A Survey.” (pdf.) (You will need Adobe Acrobat, or Acrobat Reader to access this file.)This brief looks at the policies toward hold harmless education funding in the 50.. read more →

CORP Fall 2014 Bulletin

October 31, 2014

Find the most recent issue of the CORP Bulletin for fall 2014 (pdf.) (You will need Adobe Acrobat, or Acrobat Reader to access this file.) on the issue of public school finance in PA and an update on an arts funding partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. read more →