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Center on Regional Politics in College of Liberal Arts News

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 →

05 Feb 2016

How Well Does Philadelphia Support Its Public Schools? – Research at a Glance

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 →

04 Feb 2016

IPA’s Scholarships to the GOP and Democratic Conventions in the News

Hundreds of college students from across the nation will be coming to Temple University to participate in a unique, two-week, total-immersion educational experience during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next summer. Scholarships are still available for students to attend the DNC in Philly and the RNC in Cleveland. Read more in Temple Now. read more →

19 Nov 2015

Summer 2016 DNC and RNC Internships

Through the Institute for Public Affairs’ relationship with The Washington Center (TWC), a well-respected and long-standing educational institution in Washington, DC, Temple students can apply for internships at the DNC and RNC, and with The Washington Center itself for July 2016.  TWC’s National Convention academic seminars (with the DNC and RNC) remain the only programs of.. read more →

21 Oct 2015

PA Capital Semester Students Meet with Lt. Gov. Mike Stack

The Fall 2015 class of PA Capital Semester students had the honor of meeting with Lt. Gov. Mike Stack recently in his office on the second floor of the Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg.  The PA Capital Semester offers students full immersion in state politics in policy through internships in the legislature, executive branch, media.. read more →

David Axelrod, Former Advisor to President Obama, Visits Temple

Political consultant and former senior advisor to President Obama, David Axelrod, addressed more than 200 people at Temple University’s Sullivan Hall Wednesday, September 9. Axelrod told the audience of students, faculty, and other invitees, that after 40 years in politics and political journalism, he still believes in the American system of governance and elections. Elected.. read more →

18 Sep 2015

CORP Policy Brief – Explaining School Fund Balances

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 →

25 Jun 2015

Presentations from CORP Education Finance Symposium – May 6, 2015

Find the presentations from the Center on Regional Politics 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 by closing school performance gaps, according to the ground-breaking RAND study presented by senior economist Lynn Karoly, but.. read more →

28 May 2015

CORP Policy Brief – The Fiscal Future of PA’s School Districts

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 →

14 May 2015

CORP Policy Brief – Understanding Tax Effort and Capacity and Public School Funding

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 →

23 Apr 2015