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Sarah Karp

Sarah Karp

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Sarah Karp is a reporter at WBEZ. A former reporter for Catalyst-Chicago, the Chicago Reporter and the Daily Southtown, Karp has covered education, and children and family issues for more than 15 years. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She has won five Education Writers Association awards, three Society of Professional Journalism awards and the 2005 Sidney Hillman Award. She is a native of Chicago.

Recent Stories

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Charter Schools Under Microscope At Chicago Board of Education Meeting

Chicago Board of Education members renewed 33 charter schools Wednesday after asking tough questions about how they’re evaluated.

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Black Students At Elite Lab School Say Racism Allowed To Fester

After a student posted a racist meme on social media, black students called on the U of C Lab Schools to confront racism on campus.

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Chicago Police In Schools To Stay Out Of Discipline Matters

A new agreement lays out officers’ roles and prohibits them from handling discipline or situations that could be managed by school staff.

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Number Of Social Workers Growing In Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools is well on its way to making good on its promise to hire more social workers in the schools.

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Chicago Wants A Nurse For Every School — Are There Enough?

Chicago Public Schools committed in the teachers’ contract to a nurse in every school. Finding the right kind of nurse will be a challenge.

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$25 Million Chicago Teacher Payout Causing New Conflict Between Union And CPS

The union and CPS are embroiled in a dispute over how extra money for veteran teachers agreed to in the new contract should be paid out.

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CPS Inspector General Report Details Sexual Misconduct

In his annual report, the inspector general describes sexual abuse and other cases of fraud and misconduct by CPS staff and private vendors.

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New Leader Aims to Promote Equity In Chicago Schools Without ‘Losers And Winners’

Chicago’s new chief equity officer says the drive to make sure all students get what they need shouldn’t be a “zero-sum game.”

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Chicago Board Of Education Votes To Close Two Charter Schools

Over the protests of some parents and students, the board of education voted Wednesday night to shutter two poor-performing charter schools.

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Conflicts With Principal At New High School In Englewood

Englewood STEM opened to replace four failing schools. The teachers union filed grievances against the principal; others defend the school.

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Alarms Raised Over Possibility Of Capping Enrollment At Top Chicago Schools

Chicago Public Schools is toying with no longer guaranteeing seats for neighborhood students at three top North Side schools.

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Chicago Teachers Approve Contract By Wide Margin

Chicago teachers ratified a five-year contract in overwhelming numbers despite concerns that some teachers were disappointed with the deal.

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Chicago Public Schools Enrollment Drops Again

The enrollment decline is smaller than in previous years but is part of a long-term slide. CPS has lost 83,000 students since 2002.

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Teachers Strike Remakes 25 Years Of Bargaining In Chicago

The Chicago teachers strike challenged a 1995 law that handed over control of the school system to the city’s mayor.

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The Chicago Teachers Union 2019 Contract Deal

Highlights from the Chicago Teachers Union 2019 tentative contract agreement

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The Chicago Teachers Strike Is Over. What Did Teachers Gain?

Chicago teachers and students returned to school Friday after an 11-day teacher strike.

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Chicago Teachers Union Delegates Approve Tentative Deal But Strike Continues

The Chicago Teachers Union says the deal is contingent on the mayor agreeing to make up the days lost to the strike.

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The $1 Billion Question: What Can CPS Afford For The Teachers Contract?

The striking Chicago Teachers Union says the city has enough money to meet its contract demands. The mayor says there is no more money.

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Mayor To Direct Extra TIF Money To CPS, But For Existing Contract Offer Only

The mayor unveils $160 million in TIF money for schools — to cover existing offer for the striking teachers union, not for other demands.

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