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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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Cash-Strapped CPS Green-Lights Nearly $300 Million In School Construction Projects

Questions and controversy surround the projects.

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Chicago After-School Programs Face Axe Under Trump’s Budget

More than 100 schools might not be able to provide after-school programs for low-income students if Trump's budget cuts are approved.

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Latino 'Genius' Leader Named Head Of City Colleges Of Chicago

Juan Salgado was chosen after a year-long search to run CCC. He'll replace Cheryl Hyman, who announced her resignation last summer.

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Chicago Charter School Teacher Strike Averted

Teachers at four Aspira Charter Schools announced late Thursday a deal to avoid a strike.

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Chicago Teachers Union Considers One Day Strike

The Chicago Teachers Union is considering a one-day strike if Chicago Public Schools cancels the last 13 days of the school year.

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Chicago Charter School Teachers Set March 17 Strike Date

But a recent offer by school management has the potential to avert a walkout.

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CEO: Bid To Become Nation's Largest Charter School Union Could Hurt Schools

Teachers at the city’s largest charter school chain took crucial first steps to start a union on Friday.

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Illinois Officials Blame CPS Chief For Mid-Year Budget Cuts

Illinois officials blame Chicago schools chief Forrest Claypool and the school board for the district’s mid-year budget crisis.

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CPS Admits Fine For Ending Early Could Reach $60 Million

CPS had downplayed how much the state could penalize the district for failing to provide all instructional days required by law.

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The Deal Behind The Sale Of One Closed School

A home for kids’ programming in a closed CPS building was scuttled when a for-profit charter school worked out a deal behind closed doors.

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Group Donates $2 Million For Kids Rock Band Classes

Rock band classes for kids are popular these days. One group wants to bring more of them to Chicago schools.

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Summer Might Come Early For CPS Students

The cash-strapped CPS said the school year may end on June 1 and summer classes could be canceled if the state doesn't cough up more money.

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Holy Alliances: How One School Company Learned The Chicago Way

A savvy company came in, 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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