Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison

Elizabeth Hardison covered education policy, election administration, criminal justice and legislative news for the Capital-Star from Jan. 2019-April 2021. You can find her on Twitter @ElizHardison.

‘We need to do more:’ Wolf signs reforms to encourage sexual assault reporting on campus

By: - July 8, 2019

Three years after Pennsylvania rolled out a one-of-a-kind sexual assault awareness program, the Wolf administration on Monday celebrated two new intitaitves to encourage victims and witnesses to report incidents of sexual assault on college campuses. The reforms sponsored by state Sens. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, and Judy Schwank, D-Berks, were included in the omnibus school code […]

In 2017, Pa. lawmakers outlawed ‘lunch shaming.’ Now, alternative meals are back.

By: - July 5, 2019

School administrators say a well-intentioned policy change in the state’s sprawling school code has allowed lunch debt to skyrocket.

Wolf says school security bill won’t allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom

By: - July 2, 2019

Wolf issued a statement to accompany his signature, saying the bill “removes any ambiguity about whether teachers may be designated as ‘security personnel.’”

Senate Republicans issue stark rebuke of Fetterman one week after shouting match 

By: - July 2, 2019

Senate Republicans sent a strong warning to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Tuesday: learn the rules of our chamber or cede your duties to someone else.

Under Pennsylvania’s landmark Clean Slate law, 30 million criminal records are now eligible for automatic sealing

By: - June 28, 2019

Supporters say the law will unlock the potential of thousands of Pennsylvanians who face housing and employment discrimination due to their criminal records.

Keeping ‘the lights on’: Pennsylvania’s libraries poised to get first state funding boost in a decade

By: - June 28, 2019

Libraries across the state are still reeling from deep cuts they sustained in 2003, when the General Assembly slashed the library subsidy. Many libraries reduced their hours or programs to trim costs.

Pa. state Senate votes to send $34 billion budget to Gov. Tom Wolf

By: - June 27, 2019

Leadership in both chambers expects to finish the entire budget Thursday evening or Friday.

Armed teachers in Pa.’s schools? Groups on both sides of the gun debate say Senate bill would allow it

By: - June 27, 2019

It could result in arming teachers. Gov. Tom Wolf has said he'll veto any such measure.

Top Republican on Senate chaos: ‘Today we saw what happens when rules aren’t followed’

By: - June 26, 2019

"This is the worst day in the Senate that I’ve been here," one top Republican said.

Here’s what Pennsylvania’s public education advocates think of this year’s budget plan

By: - June 26, 2019

A $34 billion budget plan approved by the state House Tuesday boosts basic education spending by $160 million, but public school advocates say Pennsylvania’s school districts need even more to cover ever-increasing expenses.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

Education secretary secures key reconfirmation vote from Senate committee

By: - June 25, 2019

If the reception he received from the Senate Education Committee is any indication, Secretary Pedro Rivera is poised to cruise to a second term as Pennsylvania’s top education czar.