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.

Lawmakers work late into Tuesday, as 2019-20 budget moves forward

By: and - June 25, 2019

The General Assembly moved at a breakneck pace Tuesday night toward budget completion, as the House and Senate advanced several pieces of legislation.

Some Pa. teachers could still get a raise as part of this year’s budget negotiations

By: - June 25, 2019

Despite its lukewarm reception from Republicans, Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to give more than 5,000 Pennsylvania teachers a raise may still find a place in the budget legislation expected to reach his desk this week.

Senators Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, and Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, announce their probation and parole reform bill in the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 28.

‘It’s extremely important’: Senate schedules marathon hearing on probation and parole reform

By: - June 23, 2019

Pennsylvania is one of only eight states that puts no limit on how long someone can serve probation.

A proposal to change Pa.’s teacher evaluation system is moving forward — without support from Philly’s union

By: - June 19, 2019

A proposal to make Pennsylvania’s teacher evaluation system fairer to educators in high-poverty schools passed a key Senate committee hurdle on Tuesday without the support of the state’s most impoverished school district.

Pennsylvania has 500 school districts. What’s stopping consolidations?

By: - June 18, 2019

Pennsylvania has 500 school districts. A legislative panel spent some time talking about what -- if anything -- to do about that.

Harrisburg High School (Cpaital-Star photo by Elizabeth Hardison)

Judge moves to put Harrisburg City School District under state control

By: - June 17, 2019

A Dauphin County judge announced Monday morning that he would appoint a receiver to take control of the Harrisburg City School District, effectively putting the troubled school system under state control.

Who gets Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits, and who gets money? Search the EITC data yourself.

By: - June 16, 2019

Every year, businesses clamor to claim Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits, which allow them to lower their tax bills by donating to private school scholarship funds, pre-K programs, and other educational enrichment initiatives. We explained how the EITC program works earlier this week. Using data from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, we were […]

EITC, explained: How Pennsylvania’s educational tax credits are used, who benefits, and more

By: - June 14, 2019

Here’s a look at how the program works and who stands to benefit from it.

Public school advocates called for greater accountability for cyber charters. Then things got heated

By: - June 12, 2019

A small rally in favor of cyber charter school funding reform led to a heated debate between education advocates in the state Capitol on Tuesday, the same day the House considered a slate of bills that would impose new regulations on the state’s charter sector. At issue was the performance of Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools, […]

Bill that nearly doubles size of tax credit program for private school scholarships heading to Wolf’s desk

By: - June 11, 2019

Wolf, a Democrat, has not said whether or not he will veto the expansion, which was sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny.

Sens. Joe Pittman, R-18, and Doug Mastriano, R-33, swear the oath office to the Pennsylvania state Senate on June 10.

Republican special election winners sworn in to state Senate

By: - June 10, 2019

Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Adams, and Sen. Joe Pittman, R-Indiana, took the oath of office on Monday, three weeks after soundly defeating Democratic challengers in special elections on May 21.

Two dozen Democrats including state party chair join call for Sen. Daylin Leach to resign

By: and - June 7, 2019

Here’s a list of every official and organization asking for Leach’s resignation.