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 →

As part of the University Consortium to Improve Public School Finance and Promote Economic Growth, CORP released a Policy Brief on “Growth and Stability in Public School Revenue Sources: Can We Have Both?” (pdf.) (You will need Adobe Acrobat, or Acrobat Reader to access this file.) This report calls attention to the elasticity of property, sales, and.. read more →

Registration for the next symposium on public school funding, “Funding Pennsylvania’s Public Schools: A Look Ahead” is now open.  This event is October 3, 2014 in Green Tree, PA just outside Pittsburgh, and is being co-sponsored with the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics. Read more about the agenda for the program and register here. read more →

This spreadsheet supplements our Policy Brief (pdf.) (You will need Adobe Acrobat, or Acrobat Reader to access this file.) explaining school district fund balances.  It shows all 500 school districts by the percentage their unassigned fund balances represent of their FY 2012-13 total expenditures, ranking them from largest to smallest.  Caution should be used in interpreting the significance.. read more →

View our most recent publication in a continuing series on Pennsylvania public school finance: POLICY BRIEF: Explaining School Fund Balances: Are PA Schools, with $4.3 Billion in Reserve Funds, Really Flush? Just the (Dry) Facts | August 2014 (pdf.) (You will need Adobe Acrobat, or Acrobat Reader to access this file.)   read more →

Find the newest issue of the CORP Bulletin on public education finance in PA (pdf.) (You will need Adobe Acrobat, or Acrobat Reader to access this file.) as well as an extra piece adapted from Jamie Vollmer on the increasing educational burden on our public schools (pdf.) (You will need Adobe Acrobat, or Acrobat Reader to access this file.) read more →

Read CORP’s newest works on public school finance, both state and local share, and commentary on what we can learn from Pennsylvania’s history of funding public schools here. read more →