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

Around the public policy horn …

It was French economist Frederic Bastiat who offered a great truism in the introduction to his seminal 19th-century work “Economic Sophisms.” “We must admit that our opponents … have a marked advantage over us. They need only a few words … Continue reading