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Sarah Karp

Sarah Karp

Reporter

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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Chicago Public Schools Sinks Further Into Debt

The district owes creditors $8.6 billion, an increase of 28 percent over what it owed at the end of last school year.

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CPS Proposes Budget With $269 Million From Unnamed ‘Local Sources’

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool acknowledged that the budget is full of uncertainty and called it more of a framework than a spending plan

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CPS To Layoff Nearly 1,000 Staffers

CPS says this includes the fewest teacher layoffs in 10 years. CPS also delayed its budget release due to the state school funding impasse.

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Latino High Schools Face Big Drops In Enrollment — and Funding

Student enrollment in Chicago has been dropping for years but a new twist is expected this fall: declines at mostly Latino high schools.

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Latest Big Enrollment Drop For Chicago Schools Drives Down Budget

Chicago principals learned Thursday that an estimated 8,000 fewer students will enroll in the city’s public schools next school year.

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Plan For New CPS High School Puts Chinatown In Middle Of Racial Fray

Chinatown families are close to getting the local high school they’ve long coveted. But if they win, a black community says it will lose.

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Chicago Public Schools Make Teachers Pension Payment

Chicago schools made a massive teachers pension payment on Friday that’s been looming over the district all year.

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Chicago’s Elected School Board Stalls Again

A bill creating an elected school board for Chicago passed both chambers of the General Assembly but won’t become law anytime soon.

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City Colleges New Chancellor Makes Drastic Cuts

The chancellor says the moves save money and will make the schools more student focused, but laid off workers say students could be hurt.

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Illinois Experiments With High Schools Of The Future

Six high schools in Chicago are testing a new way of teaching students. Critics worry some students could be left behind.

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High Risk Drives High Interest Rates For Chicago Public Schools

CPS will pay an “extraordinarily high” interest rate on its latest round of borrowing, in part because of risk it may not be able to repay.

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Plans For New South Loop High School Raise Issues Of Class And Race

A proposal to convert an elementary school into a high school for the booming South Loop is dividing residents.

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CPS Now Hopes To Borrow $900 Million

Chicago Public Schools, which is already $9 billion in debt and has a junk credit rating, is once again looking for lenders.

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Chicago Teachers Give Schools Chief No Confidence Vote

The majority of CPS teachers registered a no confidence vote in district CEO Forrest Claypool.

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CPS To Borrow Nearly $400 Million to Make Massive Pension Payment

The loan comes after Mayor Emanuel promised a rescue plan to keep schools open. But it turns out CPS already made cuts to keep schools open.

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Emanuel To Reveal School Bailout Plan

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to tell aldermen on Friday how he plans to keep CPS open through the remainder of the school year.

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Chicago Schools May Be Sitting On Money That Could Close Budget Gap

Almost 200 principals asked for a share of funds set aside for special education services, but only $3.5 million was given to 43 schools.

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Corrupt Former CPS Chief Sentenced To 54 Months

Federal prosecutors wanted Barbara Byrd-Bennett to serve more than seven years in prison. Her attorneys asked for three and a half years.

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Corrupt Former CPS Chief To Be Sentenced

Barbara Byrd-Bennett was tapped to lead Chicago Public Schools and help build community trust. In the end, she accomplished the opposite.

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New Chicago Graduation Mandate Earns Mixed Reviews

Chicago's mayor wants to require every student to make post high school plans. CPS says this can push schools to see every child's potential.

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