PSBA’s Education Research & Policy Center was created with the primary goal of identifying existing and emerging critical issues with potential to impact public education and public school governance. In support of this goal, the Center develops a variety of resources intended to improve understanding across constituent groups while encouraging advocates for public education in their efforts in the direction of solutions to contemporary issues.
Education Research and Policy Center staff conduct independent research while additionally seeking out collaborative academic partnerships that ensure quality of outputs including reports, formal white papers, and district-focused resources for use by school governance officials and other school leaders. Created specifically as an independent entity of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, The Center is able to provide unbiased perspective on research topics for the purpose of supporting best practices in public education while finding alternatives that promote success in all of Pennsylvania’s public schools.
- A Closer Look: The Facts HB 2138 and SB 1316 (May 2014)
- A Closer Look: Charter-Public School Comparison: An Uneven Playing Field (April 2014)
- A Closer Look: Double-dip pension payments means charter schools get paid twice (April 2014)
- Pennsylvania charter schools continue to underperform (March 2014)
- Snapshot of property tax delinquencies in Pennsylvania (February 2014)
- The costs of charter and cyber charter schools (updated 2014)
- Charter/Cyber Charter Costs for Pennsylvania School Districts (October 2010)
- Funding Charter Schools: Preliminary Findings (April 2010)
- Combining Social Security with Basic Education Funding: Flexibility or cost shifting? (June 2012)
- Raising achievement in underperforming schools (October 2011)
- School Building Size: Is there a right size? (July 2011)
- Pay-to-Play, Updated 2013 (November 2013)
- Pennsylvania Charter Schools: A look at school and student performance (October 2009)
- Merger/Consolidation of School Districts: Does it Save Money and Improve Student Achievement? (April 2009)