Policy Brief

Pittsburgh Public school absenteeism and state test scores

Summary: In 2014, a Policy Brief (Vol. 14, No. 17) reviewed the attendance problems in several school districts in Allegheny County with particular attention to Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) using data from the 2012-13 school year.  In 2015, another Brief … Continue reading


Property tax elimination potpourri

Members of the General Assembly heard a wide variety of options (as well as the drawbacks) on how to get rid of school property taxes at an informal hearing this week.  They can take heart that no one asked for … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

Regressive ‘progressivism’ & Fox Chapel secrets

A new Brookings Institution report says Pennsylvania’s “innovation policy” is lagging behind other states. The commonwealth scores below average nationally for industry research and development and it has experienced a decline in venture capital and state aid for startup companies, … Continue reading