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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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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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Few College Counselors At CPS Add Uncertainty To Post-Grad Push

The district’s high counselor-to-student ratio comes as Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants every student to graduate with post-high school plans.

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CPS Will Require All 8th Graders Apply For High School

CPS says requiring all students to apply will make for a more fair process. A Board of Education vote is expected Wednesday.

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How Chicago Public Schools Could Avoid Closing Early

CPS has a number of options to plug its budget gap, but they could carry hefty consequences for the district, city and taxpayers.

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Chicago Schools Miss Out On Retirement Incentive Savings

CPS officials hoped to save at least $60 million to help balance future budgets as the district faces severe financial problems.

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Chicago State University Hires Vallas As Chief Administrative Officer

Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas wanted to be interim president, but the embattled university instead selected a former dean for the position.

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Fight To Unionize Heats Up At Chicago's Largest Charter School Network

Educators at Noble charter schools say the administration is illegally trying to thwart their efforts to become the largest charter union.

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Chicago Teachers Halt One-Day Strike — For Now

The Chicago Teachers Union said if the school year is officially cut short then they will gather to discuss their options.

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CTU Pushing For Broader Strike And Bargaining Rights

A bill to give teachers the right to strike over more issues was approved by a House committee Wednesday, but it’s far from becoming law.

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7 Years In Prison For Man Behind Chicago Schools Bribery Scheme

Gary Solomon was sentenced for his part in a bribery scandal that ended the career of former CPS Schools CEO Byrd-Bennett.

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