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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 Withholding Millions From Charter Schools

Chicago Public Schools is withholding millions due to charter schools until they agree to a new, potentially less generous funding formula.

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Chicago Public Schools Denies Using Gang Database 90,000 Times

A report from Chicago’s inspector general finds Chicago Public Schools regularly searched the police gang database. CPS denies this.

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Chicago Mom Accuses School Police Of Labeling Her Son A Gang Member

Carolina Gaete says her innocent teenage son was unfairly labeled by police stationed at his public school and other kids could be at risk.

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Charter School Backed By Common Finds A Home

The performing arts school has courted controversy because a church proposed it and it originally wanted to co-locate with another school.

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Bill Restoring Key Chicago Teachers Union Bargaining Rights Moving in Legislature

The union can’t bargain directly over most non-compensation issues. State lawmakers are considering restoring these rights.

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What Kind of Elected School Board? Chicago’s Mayoral Candidates Don’t Agree

Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot talk to WBEZ about school closings, an elected board, and where they sent their children to school.

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Chicago Public Schools Budget Winners And Losers

Winning principals praised the Schools CEO’s leadership. Her future is uncertain under a new mayor. But many schools are facing budget cuts.

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Emanuel Announces $27 Million Preschool Expansion

Before he leaves office, Emanuel is deciding how schools will spend money next year. But the next mayor will have to manage his decisions.

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32 Chicago Public Schools To Get $32 Million For New Programs

The schools will focus on fine and performing arts, dual language, STEM, the International Baccalaureate program and personalized learning.

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Dissecting The Soaring Graduation Rate For Black Boys In Chicago

The rate is up 18 percentage points over five years. But a look behind the numbers reveals a complicated story.

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Teachers: Children New To The U.S. Should Sit Out State Tests

Immigrants in the U.S. less than one year used to be exempt from state standardized tests. That has changed with a new test this spring.

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Strike Talks Stir At Chicago High School For The Arts

ChiArts is a contract school, funded through Chicago Public Schools, but run by a private not-for-profit.

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'Working On Womanhood' Program For Chicago Teens Showing Results

A program focused on the emotional well-being of teen girls in Chicago public schools is helping to keep them in school and out of trouble.

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Chicago Special Ed Parents Say Students Still Being Denied Services

Parents say a state appointed monitor isn’t doing enough to oversee Chicago’s troubled special education program.

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Chicago Public Schools Struggle With High Special Ed Teacher Vacancies

CPS has added teaching positions but can’t fill them, a state appointed monitor plans to tell state education officials Tuesday.

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Will Chicago Move To An Elected School Board?

A state bill could give Chicago an elected school board — but how soon and whether it’s fully elected may depend on who becomes mayor.

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Chicago Inspector General Demands Hearings On School-Based Police

Aldermen called for a hearing after the IG identified problems with school-based police six months ago but never followed up.

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Chicago’s Race For Mayor And The Future Of Chicago Public Schools

Education is a top issue on the campaign trail, with candidates sparring over school closings and an elected school board.

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Advocates: Chicago Public Schools Offering Special Ed Families A Hollow Choice

CPS agrees to give students with severe disabilities high school choices for first time but won’t transport them long distances.

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Chicago Public Schools Monitors Social Media For Student Gang Activity

CPS says the monitoring is to keep teens safe, not to punish them. But critics say it means more police in schools and violates privacy.

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