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.

After huge demand, state senator wants Pa. to budget $125 million for school safety grants

By: - June 7, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed funding two programs at $45 million and $10 million, respectively, in the state’s 2019-20 budget.

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

‘Complete craziness’: County court injunction halts special board meeting in Harrisburg as district fights receivership

By: - June 7, 2019

A Dauphin County judge halted a meeting of the embattled Harrisburg School Board with an injunction Thursday night, just minutes before board members were expected to vote publicly on new contracts for top administrators.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

As it seeks state control, Education department tries to prevent new action by Harrisburg School Board

By: - June 6, 2019

Education Secretary Pedro Rivera filed the emergency injunction on Thursday morning, the same day that the Harrisburg School Board of Directors is scheduled to hold a special meeting to vote on personnel items.

Sen. Art Haywood speaks alongside gun control advocates on National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Senate Democrats renew calls for gun control measures that face an uphill battle

By: - June 5, 2019

Days after a gunman murdered 12 people in a municipal government building in Virginia Beach, Democrats in Pennsylvania’s Senate renewed their calls for a slew of gun control measures that face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled General Assembly. In a state Capitol press conference Wednesday morning, senators representing urban and suburban districts said that […]

To help balance the books, school officials ask Pa. lawmakers to boost basic ed funding, reform charter school law

By: - June 5, 2019

A Stanford study found that Pennsylvania’s charter schools failed to deliver better reading education to their students than traditional public schools, and often delivered a worse education in math.

Pa.’s rural broadband problem is bigger than anyone thought

By: - June 4, 2019

Rural lawmakers say there's two Pennsylvanias when it comes to access to broadband. The FCC claims that's not the case.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera.

Harrisburg city school district may soon be under state control, as Pa. Education department petitions for receivership

By: - June 3, 2019

The county court has seven days to hold a hearing on the petition, and then 10 days to file a decision on receivership, the Department of Education said in a press release.

Tameka Davis cries with joy after her uncle Robert Wideman's application for clemency was approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. His case now goes to Gov. Tom Wolf for final approval. (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

‘It’s a light at the end of the tunnel’: Ex-offenders and lifers seek a second chance from Pa. pardons board

By: - June 3, 2019

It’s been 13 years since Kimberly Crespi was arrested in York County on child endangerment and harassment charges — the result, she says, of leaving her 11-year-old child in their house while she confronted an abusive partner outside. Crespi refused to plead guilty to a lesser charge and served three months in York County prison. […]

The teacher strike is off, but Harrisburg’s senator is still calling for state control

By: - May 31, 2019

“I’ve learned to say, ‘what else can go wrong?’” John DiSanto said. “The last thing I thought we would have is a strike, and now there’s a strike... I think a lot can continue to go wrong.”

‘This was not an easy decision’: Harrisburg teachers prepare for one-day strike

By: - May 29, 2019

Saying that their district is “in the midst of a crisis” and unable to provide satisfactory working conditions to its employees, teachers in Harrisburg’s public school system are planning a one-day strike on Friday.

Pennsylvania’s kindergarten teachers ask state lawmakers for more pre-K funding

By: - May 29, 2019

The fight to secure more funding for high-quality early education in Pennsylvania has a new ally: the state’s kindergarten teachers. A survey by the Pennsylvania State Education Association found nearly unanimous support for publicly funded pre-kindergarten education among the union’s members who teach children that age. The results were released Tuesday by Pre-K for PA, […]

Pennsylvania is ‘broken’ link in Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, report says

By: - May 29, 2019

Pennsylvania's efforts to reduce the flow of pollution into the Chesapeake Bay lag far behind its neighbors, and the state could face action from federal regulators if it doesn’t clean up its act soon.