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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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Saber-Rattling Grows In Chicago Teachers Contract Fight

The teachers union accuses CPS of peddling in “misleading half-truths” while CPS says CTU isn’t bringing a sense of urgency to negotiations.

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Chicago High Schools Going From ‘College Prep’ To ‘Early College’

More high schoolers are earning college credit than ever before, exposing them to college early but also raising questions about quality.

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Chicago Teachers Union Sets Strike Authorization Vote

Union members will take a strike authorization vote starting Sept. 24 if there’s no deal by then. The earliest strike date would be Oct. 7.

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5 Things To Watch In Chicago Public Schools This Year

From a potential teachers strike, to declining enrollment, to possible changes to school ratings, WBEZ highlights issues to key an eye on.

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After Years Of Big Growth, Chicago Test Scores Stand Still

Nearly 63% of elementary students met national norms in reading and 57% did in math. This comes amid questions about the use of this test.

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Chicago Teachers Union Sets Stage For Strike As Early As Sept. 26

The CTU rejected contract terms recommended by an outside lawyer Monday, opening the door to a strike on Sept. 26 if there’s no deal by then.

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5 Things To Know About Chicago Public Schools’ Budget

A good news budget includes repairs across the city, but also pain for schools losing students and major debt for the school district.

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A Chicago Teachers Strike Is Looming: Explore The Issues

The Chicago Teachers Union is ready to strike as early as Sept. 26 if no deal is reached. WBEZ highlights issues that divide the two sides.

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Lightfoot Says Outside Party Is Siding With City In Teacher Contract Talks

The Chicago Teachers Union sent a letter to members bashing the recommendations from the "factfinder" reviewing contract negotiations.

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Mayor, School Leaders Say New Budget Is More Equitable Than Past Ones

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first CPS spending plan looks to repair schools, but in many ways isn’t different than past budgets.

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Does Your CPS School Have Trouble Finding Teachers And Subs?

Chicago Public Schools is struggling with a teacher shortage — and a substitute shortage. See how it affects your school.

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1 In 3 Chicago Public Schools Went Without A Teacher For a Year

WBEZ found a Chicago teacher and substitute shortage doesn’t hit all schools equally. It’s most acute at schools serving black students.

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Chicago Mayor Offers Up Big Promises Of More School Nurses And Social Workers

Mayor Lori Lightfoot pledged these hires as a way to improve the public schools. She provided few details for how she’d pay for them.

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Chicago School Security Guards Accused Of Sexual Misbehavior At High Rates

Chicago schools received 467 complaints of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior, with a disproportionate number involving guards.

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Police Officer Or Counselor? Chicago School Police Trained To Straddle The Line

New training for Chicago school-based police officers urges them to be both officers as well as educators and counselors.

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Chicago Teachers And School District On ‘Collision Course’ Over Staffing

The teachers union says a big dispute is brewing over staffing levels. If it goes unresolved, teachers could strike by September.

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Mayor Lightfoot Says Teachers Contract Will Strengthen School Staffing

After criticism over a proposal dealing only with finances, the mayor said she's open to upping staffing levels in schools in the contract.

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New Chicago Board Of Education Members Voice Dissent

Mayor Lightfoot’s new board met for the first time and did something unheard of: they almost rejected a policy favored by the district.

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For Chicago Schools Focused On Social Supports, Help Goes A Long Way

Most Chicago public schools need extra social work support to meet students’ emotional needs. Outside groups try to fill that void.

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Extending The ‘Gap Year’ After High School Beyond Kids Of Means

Four low-income Chicago teens are getting a free “gap year” abroad after high school. Gap years are more common for wealthier students.

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