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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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Holy Alliances: How One School Company Learned The Chicago Way

A savvy company came to Chicago, partnered with city pastors and raked in $50 million in school deals, becoming one of CPS' biggest vendors.

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Teachers At Chicago Charter School Vote To Authorize A Strike

The staff at the Aspira schools voted in favor of the strike, which would be the first charter school teacher strike in history.

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Chicago Parents Blame Rauner For CPS Budget Cuts

CPS parents directed their anger at Gov. Bruce Rauner for vetoing $215 million and forcing the district to come up with an amended budget.

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New Report: School Police Rack Up Misconduct Complaints

About 11 percent of the 250 Chicago police officers that patrol the city’s public schools were cited for about 280 misconduct complaints.

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Teachers Use Furlough Day To Protest At City Hall

The union protested at City Hall on Friday, the first of four furlough days that started this year to save the school district $35 million.

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New Yardstick Driving Better Grades For CPS Schools, Not High Scores

The mayor cites a jump in top-rated schools as proof of progress, but a look behind the grades tells a different, often contradictory tale.

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Emanuel To Trump: Expand Mentorship To Fight Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered up a specific answer for President Donald Trump who continues to criticize the city’s response to violence.

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Teachers: Proposed Northwest Side School Threatens Student Diversity

A Northwest Side alderman got an earful from community members over a proposal to build a new Taft High School campus.

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4 Unpaid Days Ordered For All CPS Staff

All CPS staff must take four days without pay this school year to help fill a more than $200 million budget gap, a decision the teachers union is challenging.

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For Sale: Dozens of Empty Chicago School Buildings

Chicago is putting up for sale about 40 properties, most of them empty school buildings shuttered in the historic 2013 school closings.

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2 Suburban Catholic Schools Closing

The schools, one in Homewood and the other in Oak Lawn, struggled to attract students and grappled with financial difficulties.

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Getting Chicago’s Wayward Students Back In School

At the high school level, problems at home sometimes lead to students falling in with the wrong crowd -- the crowd that’s not into school.

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CPS Watchdog Says School Fudged Dropout Numbers

Officials at one public school falsified records to boost graduation rates, the school system’s inspector general confirmed.

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Local School Council Members Demanding Special Education Funding Be Restored

Local School Council members are crying foul now that Chicago Public Schools is making it difficult for them to get full special education funding.

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Lone Charter School Proposal Pulled From CPS

Supporters of the charter said the plan was withdrawn partly because of Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of $215 million earmarked for CPS.

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No Stranger to Crisis, CPS Stares Down Another Budget Gap

WBEZ looks at how the district's latest fiscal headache could affect teachers, parents and Chicago taxpayers.

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Special Education Focus Of Budget Hearings

How to pay for special education dominated Monday’s public hearings on Chicago Public Schools’ proposed budget.

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High School Student-run Fundraiser Is Sending A Message

Students are giving each other hope at one Chicago high school.

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South Side Market Does Black Friday Without Big Business

The Super Umajaa Market on Chicago’s South Side gave shoppers a way to support black Friday without supporting big business.

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Proposed Charter For At-Risk Black Boys Navigates Polarized School Politics

Advocates say the school would help keep boys away from gangs. Critics say it will take money away from cash-strapped schools.

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