Publications

Research, Policy Briefs and Publications

The Center on Regional Politics (CORP) publishes policy briefs, research notes and other commentary related to its ongoing research projects. Publications aim to provide leaders and the public throughout the Philadelphia region with the information necessary to develop evidence-based policies that respond to broad civic and economic needs.


POLICY BRIEF: A Tale of Haves and Have-Nots

The Financial Future of Pennsylvania School Districts - January 2019

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RESEARCH AT A GLANCE: A Tale of Haves and Have-Nots

The Financial Future of Pennsylvania School Districts - January 2019

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RESEARCH AT A GLANCE: Explaining School Fund Balances

2018 Are Schools Holding Too Much in Reserve? - July 2018

POLICY BRIEF: Explaining School Fund Balances

Are PA Local Education Agencies, with a $4.9 Billion Fund Balance, Holding Too Much in Reserve? An Update for FY 2016-17 - July 2018

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RESEARCH AT A GLANCE: Explaining School Fund Balances:

Are PA Schools Holding Too Much in Reserve? - July 2017

POLICY BRIEF: Explaining School Fund Balances:

Are PA Schools, with a $4.7 Billion Fund Balance, Holding Too Much in Reserve? An Update for FY 2015-16 - July 2017

RESEARCH AT A GLANCE: Hard Choices Still Ahead:

The Financial Future of Pennsylvania School Districts - March 2017

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POLICY BRIEF: Hard Choices Still Ahead:

The Financial Future of Pennsylvania School Districts - March 2017

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RESEARCH AT A GLANCE: Explaining School Fund Balances:

Are PA Schools Really Flush? - July 2016

RAND Corporation Research Report:

The Economic Impact of Achievement Gaps in Pennsylvania’s Public Schools -July 2015

CORP Press Release.
POLICY BRIEF: The Politics of Educational Change:

What Can We Learn from the School Consolidation Acts of 1961 and 1963?

May 30, 2014 Commentary:

What Can We Learn from Pennsylvania’s History of Public School Finance?

ISSUE MEMO: How Pennsylvania Funds Public Schools:

The Story of the Local Share - May 2014

ISSUE MEMO: How Pennsylvania Funds Public Schools:

The Story of the State Share - May 2014

August 21, 2013 Commentary:

How to Fund Schools and Public Pensions

Taking Care of our Own:

How Democrats, Republicans, Business and Labor Saved Thousands of Jobs and Our Refineries