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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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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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Cook County Jail School Principal Returns To Work After Fraud Allegation

The principal of the school inside Cook County jail returns to work today after a fraud allegation led to her banishment.

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Cook County Jail School Principal Returns To Work After Fraud Allegation

The principal of the school inside Cook County jail returns to work today after a fraud allegation led to her banishment.

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CPS Rejects IG Finding Of Fraud At Jail School And Returns Principal

But the inspector general defends his findings; calls CPS’ “investigation of our investigation” unprecedented and “fraught with misstatements.”

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Stanford Researcher: CPS Improving At Faster Pace Than Other Districts In Country

A leading education researcher from Stanford says Chicago Public Schools is improving at a faster clip than nearly every other school district in the country.

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Illinois Schools Falling Below High Bar Set By State

Less than 40 percent of Illinois students hit the state passing rate on both the SAT college entrance exam and on state elementary exams.

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CPS Special Education Overhaul Debated At Board Of Education Meeting

The Chicago school system’s overhaul of special education was hotly debated at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.

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Charter Schools Hired 163 CPS Staffers Banned For Misconduct, Including Sexual Abuse

CPS and charter schools weren’t sharing employment information, Chicago Public Schools Inspector General says in a new report.

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CPS CEO Defends Special Education Overhaul

Chicago Public Schools is defending its overhaul of the system’s special education program. This comes after a WBEZ investigation found that Chicago scaled back special education services last year after secretly instituting new rules. Spending was also cut by about 1.5 percent.In addition, WBEZ found that CPS relied on auditors without expertise in special education to help orchestrate this work. Chicago schools CEO Forrest Claypool argues the new rules are meant to give every child with special needs the chance to succeed.Claypool joins All Things Considered host Melba Lara and discusses why his administration decided to make changes to special education in the first place.

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CPS Defends Special Education Overhaul

Chicago Public Schools is defending its overhaul of the system’s special education program.

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WBEZ Investigation Shows CPS Overhaul Of Special Education Resulted In Budget Cuts

A WBEZ investigation out this week finds that an overhaul of special education in Chicago Public Schools’ resulted in budget cuts.

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