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I cover state government and basic and higher education policy. Reach me at JMurphy@pennlive.com or at 717-255-4106 or 717-255-4106.

Latest by Jan Murphy/PennLive

Threats put central Pa. school districts on alert, disrupt classes

Police are investigating the threats made in the Susquehanna Township and Solanco school districts

By Jan Murphy/PennLive

Pa. schools may be required to post their curriculum online. Is it about transparency or censorship?

The bill would apply to school districts, career and technical centers, charter schools and intermediate units.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive

Five children died in a fire at a Pa. child care home. The tragedy changed state law, but some say more must be done.

A fire in Erie changed the rules for child care facilities across Pennsylvania. Under a new state law, child care operators must meet more stringent fire safety requirements to operate. Inspectors are looking to make sure of it.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive

Central Pa. school districts plan for return of kids: What you should know about masks, seating and buses

The state education department recommends face coverings be worn by all unvaccinated students, teachers and staff. But it is not a requirement.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive and Steve Marroni/PennLive

Republican Chris Gebhard declares victory for Pa. Senate 48th District seat

Unofficial results from the Pennsylvania Department of State with a few precincts still missing show Gebhard with 63% of the votes that had been counted.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive

After shootings in Colorado and Georgia, gun rights proponents and gun control advocates clash in Pa.

At a forum of gun violence survivors, advocates and gun owners, Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro called on legislative changes to restrict gun laws and implement common sense solutions to end gun violence.

By Ivey DeJesus/PennLive and Jan Murphy/PennLive

Vaccinating teachers gets Pa. schools ‘one step closer to what is normal’

Thursday was the first day when school employees who work in Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry and northern York County could receive vaccinations through this special statewide initiative aimed at getting schools back to in-person learning five days a week.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive

As Pa. budget shows, the governor is from Venus, the Legislature is from Mars

In Pennsylvania, no Democratic governor has had even one chamber of the Legislature in his corner since 2010.

By Charles Thompson/PennLive and Jan Murphy/PennLive