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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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Small Victory For South Side Schools Slated For Closure

Responding to community concerns, Chicago’s new schools chief moves to phase out three schools rather than close them this summer.

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Lawsuit: CPS Shortchanging Bilingual Special Education Students

A federal lawsuit says special needs students in Chicago are denied help due to inadequate English translation services for their parents.

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Study: School Closing Plan Hurts Poor, Black Students

The analysis of a proposed closure of a Near South school goes to Chicago Board of Education leaders on Wednesday.

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Chicago Schools Chief: Cost A Driver In Special Ed Overhaul

The schools chief told state lawmakers it would be ‘a lie if I said that we were not looking for ways to save money.’

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Chicago Schools Chief Pledges Major Changes To Special Education

This comes after a WBEZ investigation found a special education overhaul led to significant service cutbacks for children.

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Chinatown Leaders Celebrate New Nearby High School

Chicago’s Chinatown leaders are celebrating news that their kids will soon have a neighborhood high school nearby.

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CTU Tries To Stop Closing Of 4 South Side High Schools And 1 Elementary School

The Chicago Teachers Union is trying to stop the plan to close four South Side high schools and one elementary school this June.

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Chicago’s New Schools Chief Open To Special Education Changes

WBEZ found sweeping changes to the city’s special education program resulted in cutbacks in services for special needs students.

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Top Three Challenges For Homegrown Star Taking Over Chicago Schools

Janice Jackson will be named the permanent chief of Chicago Public Schools in January, a CPS spokesman told WBEZ.

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State Education Board To Look Into CPS Special Education Program

The state is going to look into accusations of systemic problems with Chicago’s special education program.

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What’s Next For Chicago Schools Chief Accused Of A 'Cover-Up And Lies?'

CPS’ IG says CEO Forrest Claypool should be fired. The mayor backs Claypool, but some say his departure is only a matter of time.

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IG Recommends Firing Embattled CPS CEO Forrest Claypool

CPS' inspector general is recommending the firing of school system CEO Forrest Claypool, according to a source.

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Hirsch High School Students' Plans To Protest Charter School Thwarted

Some Chicago students were thwarted as they tried to protest a move they fear will lead to the closing of their South Side high school.

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CPS Announces 5 New Choice Elementary Schools

Chicago Public School officials announced Monday that they’re creating five new choice elementary schools open to anyone across the city.

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Chicago Proposes First Round Of School Closings Since 2013

The proposed school actions include closing four under-enrolled schools and promoting school integration in two changing neighborhoods.

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CPS Moves Forward With Controversial Plans

Chicago Public Schools is moving forward with several controversial plans, including one that would shutter four South Side high schools.

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Controversial Charter School Backed By Common Wins CPS Recommendation

The Chicago Board of Education will vote on the proposed school next week. It’s slated to open in an area with many under-enrolled schools.

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Charter School Proposal Generating Controversy

A proposal to put a new charter school in a building with a severely under-enrolled school is generating controversy.

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Will Chicago Close Another 50 Schools?

A moratorium on school closings lifts in 2018. Since the mass closings of 2013, student enrollment has plummeted.

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Study: Chicago Charter High Schools Give Kids An Academic Edge

UChicago study finds charter students on average outperform similar students at traditional CPS schools, though not at all charters.

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