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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

CORP Policy Brief – How Did PA Get from over 2,000 School Districts to 500?

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 →

02 Apr 2015

PA Capital Semester Alumni News

Read about recent PA Capital Semester alumnus, Ryan Lim, and other grads of the program here. Ryan was in the program in spring 2014 and now works in the Office of State Rep. Kevin Boyle. read more →

American Politics and Policy Seminar – March 27, 2015 with Chris Bonneau

Chris Bonneau, associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, will give a talk on campaign spending in judicial elections, “War Chests as Entry Deterrence with Strategic Delay.” read more →

19 Mar 2015

Philadelphia Election Internships

The Philadelphia primary election season is heating up!  Temple students of all majors can earn 2 or 3 credits starting March 1 by applying to this new CLA program for students looking for internships all while earning college credit.  Working on a campaign is a great way to gain professional experience. Application deadline is February.. read more →

14 Feb 2015

Info Session on IPA programs in Washington, DC and Harrisburg, PA – Feb. 11, 2015

IPA will host an information session on February 11, 2015 from 12 to 2 pm in 821 Anderson Hall on its internship semester programs in Harrisburg, PA and Washington, DC, respectively known as the PA Capital Semester and The Washington Semester.  A representative from The Washington Center, Temple’s partner in DC, will be on hand.. read more →

Profiles on Washington Semester Alumni

Read some of the stories of Temple students who spent a semester in Washington, DC through the Institute for Public Affairs’ Washington Semester program. read more →

21 Jan 2015

Center on Regional Politics Policy Brief on Hold Harmless Education Finance Policies in the U.S.

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.” This brief looks at the policies toward hold harmless education funding in the 50 states finding that while 11 other states provide a hold harmless.. read more →

02 Dec 2014

Center on Regional Politics Fall 2014 Bulletin

Find the most recent issue of the CORP Bulletin for fall 2014 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 →

31 Oct 2014

CORP Publishes Policy Brief on Revenue Stability and Growth in Public School Finance

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?”  This report calls attention to the elasticity of property, sales, and incomes taxes, as well as their volatility along with a possible gas severance.. read more →

06 Oct 2014