In December 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Education designated the Harrisburg School District as one of several school districts in moderate financial recovery status, resulting in the development of a Financial Recovery Plan to support financial management, academics and student stability. The Pennsylvania Department of Education appointed a Chief Recovery Officer to develop and implement the recovery plan.
In June 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Education petitioned the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas and received approval for the Harrisburg School District to enter receivership with the goal of further supporting the financial management, academics and student stability of the School District. The Receiver is equivalent to the School Board of Directors and assumes responsibility for governance of the School District, while keeping the School Board informed and engaged. The Receiver is also responsible for the monitoring and implementation of the Amended Financial Recovery Plan, which was revised and updated by Dr. Janet Samuels, and approved on July 20, 2021. Dr. Lori Suski was appointed Receiver effective January 29, 2022 by the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas.