William Penn High School in Harrisburg, Pa. (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek).

A storied Harrisburg high school faces the wrecking ball | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 29, 2023

News of the planned demolition of William Penn High School comes amidst a broader debate on how Pa. will pay for repairs for schools statewide


I’m a Black male educator. Pa. schools need more people who look like me | Opinion

BY: - May 18, 2022

Teachers of color, and specifically Black male educators, are precious and should be protected at all costs.


Join us on June 13 in HBG to recognize these education heroes of the pandemic | Anwar Curtis

BY: - June 9, 2021

I commend every student who kept it together despite the difficulties many students faced, especially at a very young age.


‘A helper by nature’: Meet the Harrisburg woman helping ex-inmates return to their community | Anwar Curtis

BY: - April 1, 2020

Block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, community advocate Kia Hansard is doing her part to try to make Harrisburg a better place.

House Democrats accuse Speaker Turzai of making votes on defeated bills disappear

BY: - January 14, 2020

According to House Democrats, the minority party, both measures were defeated in bipartisan, majority votes, but the final results were not recorded. 

Pa. House panel advances bill authorizing vouchers for Harrisburg schools

BY: - November 18, 2019

The bill forbids schools from adding any conditions to the vouchers, such as mandating that private schools accept special needs students.


Tuition vouchers will do more harm to Harrisburg’s recovering schools than good | Opinion

BY: - November 17, 2019

It couldn’t come at a worst time — just as the recovery process is starting to work in Harrisburg.

House Speaker Mike Turzai proposes school voucher program for Harrisburg City Schools 

BY: - August 27, 2019

The plan would require the Harrisburg City Schools to award scholarships of at least $4,100 to children who wish to enroll in private or public schools.

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.

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.

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.