WBEZ | Sarah Karp http://www.wbez.org/tags/sarah-karp Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: How to fix the CPS fiscal mess http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-25/morning-shift-how-fix-cps-fiscal-mess-112251 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Krzysztof Pacholak.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211955217&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">How to fix the CPS fiscal mess</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Money is the top item on the agenda at Wednesday&rsquo;s <a href="http://catalyst-chicago.org/2015/06/ctu-district-closer-to-contract-deal-that-keeps-pension-pickup/">Chicago Board of Education meeting</a>. With the public schools facing a billion-dollar shortfall, board members are convening to vote on two measures to head off a fiscal catastrophe. The first has to do with short term: a vote to authorize $200 million in new borrowing to get the district through the rest of June. The second is long term - or at least a little more long term &ndash; a vote to a billion-dollar line of credit to shore up the financials for another year. Better Government Association Senior Investigator Sarah Karp walks us through what happened at the meeting and helps us assess how CPS is doing when it comes to dollars and cents.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/SSKedreporter">Sarah Karp</a> is the <a href="https://twitter.com/BetterGov">Better Government Association</a>&#39;s senior investigator.</em></p></p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-25/morning-shift-how-fix-cps-fiscal-mess-112251 Morning Shift: Congress passes deal to re-open government and raise debt ceiling http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-17/morning-shift-congress-passes-deal-re-open-government <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Flickr geetarchurchy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After narrowly avoiding a default on its debt, the U.S. government is back open. We hear from a trio of Illinois Congressmen about why they voted how they did for the deal. (Photo: Flickr/law_kid)</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-death-of-neighborhood-high-schools/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-death-of-neighborhood-high-schools.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-death-of-neighborhood-high-schools" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Congress passes deal to re-open government and raise debt ceiling" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-17/morning-shift-congress-passes-deal-re-open-government Protesters and pastors weigh in on proposed CPS closings http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-23/protesters-and-pastors-weigh-proposed-cps-closings-95743 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-24/school photo.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Schools will hold hearings just about every night this week on a slate of schools the district wants to close or phase out. School closings are controversial every year. And this year has been no different--but there have been some new twists to the controversy. WBEZ’s education reporter<a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/linda-lutton" target="_blank"> Linda Lutton</a> and Sarah Karp—deputy editor of <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/" target="_blank"><em>Catalyst</em></a> Chicago joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to fill listeners in on recent developments.&nbsp; And Pastor <a href="http://www.brightstarchurchchicago.com/about-bright-star/chris-harris" target="_blank">Christopher Harris</a>, chairman of the Bronzeville Community Action Coucil, told <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> why he believes there should be a moratorium on school closings.</p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-23/protesters-and-pastors-weigh-proposed-cps-closings-95743 Eight Forty-Eight 1.23.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/eight-forty-eight-12312 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-24/crane-phase-out-hearing-120120.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Schools is holding a series of community meetings to hear public input on proposed closings, consolidations and turnarounds. WBEZ education reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/linda-lutton" target="_blank">Linda Lutton</a> and <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/" target="_blank"><em>Catalyst</em></a> Chicago deputy editor Sarah Karp joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss what happened at Friday night’s meetings. And Pastor<a href="http://www.brightstarchurchchicago.com/about-bright-star/chris-harris" target="_blank"> Chris Harris</a>, chairman of the Bronzeville Community Action Council, explained why they’re calling for a moratorium on turnarounds in Bronzeville. Also, former Penn State football coach <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/penn-states-joe-paterno-dies-85-after-scandal-95732" target="_blank">Joe Paterno died Sunday</a>. But some media outlets misreported Paterno’s death the night before. How did it happen and what does this say about the pressures of breaking news first? <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>talked with reporters from the old--and new--media worlds to learn more about the rules getting the story first--and getting it right. Then, candidates for political office in Illinois have the option of filing paperwork pledging to run a fair campaign...and that they are not communists. WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/sam-hudzik" target="_blank">Sam Hudzik</a> breaks down the history of the oaths, and tells the show which 2012 candidates signed them. And will shows like <em>The Moth</em>, <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em> and <em>Paper Machete</em> make Chicago the literary humor capital of the country? WBEZ blogger and writer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey" target="_blank">Claire Zulkey</a> hosts<a href="http://www.zulkey.com/funnyhaha.php" target="_blank"> <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em></a>, and she other local writers join the show to talk about the art of combining performance with the written word.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/eight-forty-eight-12312 CPS announces schools to be closed, phased out http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-01/cps-announces-schools-be-closed-and-phased-out-94496 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-01/John Murden.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.cps.edu/Pages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Chicago Public Schools</a> unveiled a list of so-called school actions this week, including 10 school turnarounds, replacing the entire staff with new faces.</p><p>Some schools will be closed outright and others will be what CPS calls "phased out," which means no new students will be accepted; as current students graduate, the school will slowly empty and then shut down.&nbsp; (See below for a list of the 10 schools affected)</p><p>CPS leadership has taken steps to address underperforming schools for some time.</p><p>WBEZ’s Jennifer Brandel spoke with someone directly affected by the decision: Robert McMiller, principal of Dyett High School in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood.</p><p>And Eight Forty-Eight was joined by Catalyst Chicago’s Sarah Karp to discuss the consequences of the recent moves.</p><p>Sarah Karp, deputy editor at Catalyst-Chicago, will <a href="http://www.wbez.org/schoolsontheline">host a live cha</a>t on WBEZ’s website Thursday night during <a href="http://www.wbez.org/schoolsontheline">Schools on the Line</a>— WBEZ’s monthly call-in show with Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard at 7:00 p.m.</p><p>Below is a map of the 10 schools slated for closure, phase out or co-location, as announced on Thursday:<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<iframe marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://www.umapper.com/maps/google/id/116910" width="500" frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button: Jason Stein Quartet, "Badlands", from the album The Story This Time, (Delmark)</em></p></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 14:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-01/cps-announces-schools-be-closed-and-phased-out-94496 Recapping Marshall Metro High School's first year in turnaround program http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/recapping-marshall-metro-high-schools-first-year-turnaround-program-9312 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-13/cityroom_20081031_llutton_1732218_Meet_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Seventeen<a href="http://www.cps.edu/Pages/home.aspx" target="_blank"> Chicago Public Schools</a> are undergoing a special kind of transformation known as a turnaround. The turnaround program is an effort to fix schools that have chronically low performance levels and show insufficient improvement through other means. The process involves serious changes such as firing the staff, forcing them to reapply for their jobs and installing new administrative leadership. Journalist <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/author/sarah-karp" target="_blank">Sarah Karp</a>, deputy editor of the education news magazine <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/"><em>Catalyst Chicago</em></a>, followed <a href="http://www.marshallmetrohighschool.org/" target="_blank">Marshall Metro High School</a>, on the city’s West Side, through its first year in the turnaround program. She discussed her findings with <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>. They can also be found in the latest edition of <em>Catalyst In Depth</em>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Chris Joss, "He Got The Shakes", from the album No Play No Work, (ESL)</em></p></p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/recapping-marshall-metro-high-schools-first-year-turnaround-program-9312 How many students leave charter schools, and why do they go? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/how-many-students-leave-charter-schools-and-why-do-they-go <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//URBAN-PREP resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To talk more about students who leave Chicago's charters, Eight Forty-Eight<em> </em>talked with WBEZ's Linda Lutton and Sarah Karp, deputy editor of school reform magazine <em>Catalyst</em>.<br /><br />The two worked together to examine transfer-out rates at Chicago charter schools. They talk about the dearth of data around the issue. Karp and Lutton also discuss the impact transferring out has on students and their families.</p><p>You can listen to Lutton's report, &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/education/charters-struggle-hold-their-weakest-students">Chicago charter school struggle to hold onto weakest students</a>,&quot; and read the Catalyst report, &quot;<a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/news/index.php?item=2653&amp;cat=5" target="_blank">One in 10 charter school students transfers out</a>.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 14:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/how-many-students-leave-charter-schools-and-why-do-they-go