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Pittsburgh's Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities

January 13, 2015

This report provides indicators of quality of life by race and ethnicity for the Pittsburgh area and the nation. Data are provided for four groups (Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics) and for four geographic areas (city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area [MSA], and the U.S.). The Pittsburgh MSA consists of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. The most recent data available for the Pittsburgh area and the nation were used in this report.

Pennsylvania School Finance Primer

April 1, 2004

The Pennsylvania School Finance Primer explains how Pennsylvania funds its public school system, with primary emphasis on state and local financing. The primer provides historical background and briefly describes each of the major sources of funding. It is designed to help policy makers and potential policy makers understand this complex $16.5 billion system so they can better address critical policy issues discussed at the end of the primer. It is designed as well for parents and other citizens to empower them to participate in decision-making on these issues.

Strengthening the Work of School Boards in Pennsylvania

March 1, 2004

"Strengthening the Work of School Boards In Pennsylvania" makes recommendations for state policymakers, school boards and superintendents, and voters and community leaders about how they can improve the effectiveness of school boards and increase the number of citizens who are motivated and prepared to serve on boards. The report also includes a model Board Code of Conduct and model Governance-Management Compact that can be downloaded as individual documents from the "Education Policy Information Clearinghouse" section of the EPLC website.

Head of the Class: A QualityTeacher in Every Pennsylvania Classroom

February 1, 2003

"Head of the Class: A Quality Teacher in Every Pennsylvania Classroom" makes recommendations for how state policy can increase and support Pennsylvania's supply of qualified teachers. The report emphasizes that quality teaching is key to student achievement and that the state must act to ensure the presence of a qualified teacher in every Pennsylvania classroom at all times.

The State of the Nation's Ecosystems 2008

September 1, 2002

Provides the product of five years' work by nearly 150 individuals from environmental organizations, businesses, universities, and federal, state, and local government.