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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

WBEZ Updates

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.

WBEZ News

At CPS, More Special Education Dollars Go To White, Wealthier Students

Last year, schools with larger white populations spent up to $3,000 more per student than mostly black and Latino schools.

Morning Shift

Students Lose Out After CPS Secretly Crafts New Special Ed Manual

Last year, Chicago Public School overhauled its special education program—in secret, and behind closed doors, with consultants who had no special education experience. The result was a set of guidelines that limited services many special education students in CPS had come to rely on.

WBEZ News

CPS’ Secret Overhaul Of Special Ed Led To Big Service Cuts

A secret manual created by CPS tightened access to special education, resulting in cutbacks for neediest students, a WBEZ analysis found.

WBEZ Updates

Palatine School Support Staff Threaten To Strike

Come Monday, some 12,000 elementary school students in Northwest suburban Palatine could without nurses, teacher assistants, or clerks.

WBEZ Updates

Study: A Quarter Of CPS Grads At Universities Transfer Home To Community College

Increasing numbers of Chicago Public School graduates are enrolling in universities, but that’s not entirely good news.

WBEZ Updates

Illinois Lawmakers, Activists Celebrate Law Banning Schools Rooms For Arresting Students

Community activists and state lawmakers are celebrating a new law that bans mini-police stations in Illinois schools.

WBEZ News

Chicago Schools Reveals First-Time SAT Results

The results show that scores are roughly the same as on last year’s test and Chicago still lags behind state and national averages.

WBEZ Updates

CPS Inspector General Accuses Leaders Of Ethics Violations

The inspector general for the Chicago Public Schools accuses the head of the school system of trying to whitewash an investigation.

WBEZ Updates

Inspector Finds Significant Fraud At School Inside Cook County Jail

An investigation by the Chicago school system’s inspector general finds significant fraud at the school inside the Cook County Jail.

WBEZ Updates

Teachers At Chicago's Largest Charter School Network Renew Push To Unionize

Teachers at Chicago’s largest charter school network are renewing their push to unionize, saying it could help change its strict discipline system.

WBEZ Updates

Chicago’s School Chief Says Charter Schools And School Choice Are Good For The District

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool argued that competition fueled progress in Chicago schools.

WBEZ News

Chicago Charter Schools Could Win Big With New Education Funding Law

Under Illinois' new school funding law, charters could receive an extra $122 million -- money that mostly would come from CPS’ coffers.

WBEZ News

8 Things To Watch In CPS’ New School Year

From dropping student enrollment to a property tax hike, the new school year serves up big challenges for the Chicago Public Schools.

WBEZ News

Fight Over Race And Class Ends With New South Loop High School

Chicago Public Schools is going forward with a controversial plan to convert an elementary school on the Near South Side into a high school.

WBEZ News

Chicago Charters Seek To Grow As CPS Enrollment Declines

Eleven Chicago charter school networks want to add about 2,300 students over the next several years.

WBEZ News

Chicago Public Schools Sinks Further Into Debt

The district owes creditors $8.6 billion, an increase of 28 percent over what it owed at the end of last school year.

WBEZ News

CPS Proposes Budget With $269 Million From Unnamed ‘Local Sources’

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool acknowledged that the budget is full of uncertainty and called it more of a framework than a spending plan

WBEZ News

CPS To Layoff Nearly 1,000 Staffers

CPS says this includes the fewest teacher layoffs in 10 years. CPS also delayed its budget release due to the state school funding impasse.

WBEZ News

Latino High Schools Face Big Drops In Enrollment — and Funding

Student enrollment in Chicago has been dropping for years but a new twist is expected this fall: declines at mostly Latino high schools.

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