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PA School Fund Balance Policy Brief – Update 2018

A policy brief recently published by the Center on Regional Politics provides data on the status of fund balances for Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts at the end of fiscal year 2016-17. Although the data show that total reserve funds have increased by about $591 million since 2012-13, from $4.3 billion to $4.9 billion, they also.. read more →

25 Jul 2018

New Issue of Commonwealth Focuses on Opioid Crisis

The newest issue of Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy focuses on the topic of the opioid crisis gripping the nation, and particularly, Pennsylvania. This issue was guest-edited by Mark Nordenberg, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh, and current Chair of their Institute of Politics. Articles include: Law Enforcement in the Twenty-First.. read more →

16 Jul 2018

PA Capital Semester Yields Lifetime Opportunities

The College Liberal Arts profiled two recent alums of the PA Capital Semester, a full-time internship program housed within the Institute for Public Affairs. Students gain valuable career experience, confidence, and important future connections for life after Temple. The program is open to all majors, and runs every fall and spring semester. Read their stories. read more →

PA Capital Semester Interns Win Awards

PA Capital Semester students, Taylor Allen and Jordan Holycross, received the Perseverance Award and the Leadership Award, respectively at Temple University Harrisburg on April 17, 2018. L to R: Roy Wells, Taylor Allen, Jordan Holycross, and Mike Cassidy. Mike Cassidy and Taylor Allen. read more →

New Issue of Commonwealth Released

Issue 20:1 of Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy has been released. Articles include: A forum on the structural deficit of PA from representatives of the Commonwealth Foundation and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Identity change in conservation law enforcement A review of the property tax classification system in Philadelphia A research.. read more →

20 Mar 2018

PA Capital Semester Student Successfully Defends Original Legislation

The PA Capital Semester‘s Madison Gray successfully defended her original legislation as part of the PA House Fellowship program. Her legislation amends the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, to provide for the prohibition of source of income discrimination; and directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study. You can watch here. Madison Gray.. read more →

Washington Interns Meet Fellow Owls in DC

On November 13, our Washington Semester interns met and mingled with alumni owls at the lovely headquarters of The Washington Center, Temple’s partner that makes experiencing opportunities in DC possible for our students. Also represented were Temple’s Offices of Government Affairs, and Alumni Relations. Thank you to all who attended! Pictured above L to R:.. read more →

15 Nov 2017

Student Ideas Become Legislation in the PA Capital Semester

Follow this link to read about how the PA Capital Semester allows Temple students to experience drafting legislation that might become law through the eyes of Criminal Justice major, Kiryl Marchuk (CLA ’18). read more →

Former PA Capital Semester Interns – Where Are They Now?

Read the latest testimonial for the PA Capital Semester program from political science grad Mark Dinich, currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. read more →

PA Capital Semester Students Meet with Governor Wolf

A lucky four PA Capital Semester students met with Governor Tom Wolf in the Capitol Rotunda following the PA Its on Us press conference September 6. The PA Capital Semester  program affords students plenty of opportunities to meet state leaders in government, public affairs, and the media and experience lawmaking firsthand. read more →