A policy brief published by the Center on Regional Politics in July 2017 provides data on the status of fund balances for Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts at the end of fiscal year 2015-16. Although the data show that total reserve funds have increased by about $800 million since 2012-13, from $3.9 billion to $4.7 billion,.. read more →

CORP Spring 2017 Bulletin

March 21, 2017

This Bulletin includes a letter from the director, and an overview of CORP’s second annual five-year fiscal forecast for all 500 school districts which projects that the vast majority will continue to face hard choices between budget cuts, higher taxes, or a combination of these often painful measures. Readers will also find inside the Bulletin the.. read more →

A recent policy brief from the Center on Regional Politics, “Hard Choices Still Ahead,” forecasts the fiscal future for all 500 school districts in PA for the period 2015-16 through 2019-20. The brief and supporting interactive graphics and maps (below) project budget shortfalls that will require program cuts, higher taxes, or a combination of the.. read more →

CORP Bulletin Summer 2016

August 11, 2016

View our most recent update on CORP projects and publications, including the interrelated problems of adequately funding public pensions and public schools.  read more →

A policy brief published by the Center on Regional Politics in July 2016 provides data on the status of fund balances for Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts at the close of fiscal year 2014-15. The data shows that total reserve funds for districts, charter schools and technical schools have increased by about $400 million since 2012-2013,.. read more →

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 →