Policy Brief

  • Another greatly disappointing year for Pittsburgh Public Schools

    Summary: Despite the upbeat slogans continuously trotted out by Pittsburgh Public Schools, the academic achievement of its students continues to disappoint.  This Brief looks at the dismal performance of the district’s 8th graders on the state’s standardized test.  ____________________________________________________________________   … Continue reading


  • Allegheny County’s 2019 taxable values

    Based on the 2019 County Assessment Roll the total value of taxable real estate in Allegheny County is $80.2 billion.  This total was comprised of $55.2 billion in residential and $24.9 billion commercial and is a 1.7 percent increase over … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

  • The rule of law & a house of cards

    The rule of law, as various legal resources instruct, is the principle under which all persons, institutions and entities are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated. Sound public policy cannot be formulated without strict … Continue reading