Ella Lathan

Ella Lathan

Ella Lathan is a correspondent for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

Philadelphia students navigate school without access to school libraries

By: - October 24, 2023

The number of school librarians in the district declined over the past decade, from about 57 in the 2012-2013 school year to just one in 2023-2024. 

Serving breakfast in Pennsylvania’s schools sometimes takes creative thinking

By: - October 9, 2023

PHILADELPHIA – Gov. Josh Shapiro has widely touted his administration’s free breakfast program that provides children at all Pennsylvania public schools the first meal of the day.  “In my budget address, I called for universal free breakfast to put every kid on the same playing field. This budget delivers on that promise to provide free […]

Universities, nonprofits step up to aid depleted Philadelphia public school libraries

By: - July 26, 2023

This article was updated at 4:54 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 to correct a statement about the reopening of school libraries. PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia is known for its prominent universities like the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, Temple, St. Joseph’s, and others. Their presence boasts a rich educational and medical landscape. While the abundance of such […]

Building 21 in the Philadelphia School District (Photo by Ella Lathan for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Funding the 500: Crumbling buildings, asbestos and gun violence add to Philly schools’ challenges

By: - June 22, 2023

'It's infuriating,' Edward T. Steel Elementary special education teacher Nicole Wyglendowski told the Capital-Star.