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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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4 Unpaid Days Ordered For All CPS Staff

All CPS staff must take four days without pay this school year to help fill a more than $200 million budget gap, a decision the teachers union is challenging.

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For Sale: Dozens of Empty Chicago School Buildings

Chicago is putting up for sale about 40 properties, most of them empty school buildings shuttered in the historic 2013 school closings.

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2 Suburban Catholic Schools Closing

The schools, one in Homewood and the other in Oak Lawn, struggled to attract students and grappled with financial difficulties.

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Getting Chicago’s Wayward Students Back In School

At the high school level, problems at home sometimes lead to students falling in with the wrong crowd -- the crowd that’s not into school.

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CPS Watchdog Says School Fudged Dropout Numbers

Officials at one public school falsified records to boost graduation rates, the school system’s inspector general confirmed.

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Local School Council Members Demanding Special Education Funding Be Restored

Local School Council members are crying foul now that Chicago Public Schools is making it difficult for them to get full special education funding.

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Lone Charter School Proposal Pulled From CPS

Supporters of the charter said the plan was withdrawn partly because of Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of $215 million earmarked for CPS.

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No Stranger to Crisis, CPS Stares Down Another Budget Gap

WBEZ looks at how the district's latest fiscal headache could affect teachers, parents and Chicago taxpayers.

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Special Education Focus Of Budget Hearings

How to pay for special education dominated Monday’s public hearings on Chicago Public Schools’ proposed budget.

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High School Student-run Fundraiser Is Sending A Message

Students are giving each other hope at one Chicago high school.

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South Side Market Does Black Friday Without Big Business

The Super Umajaa Market on Chicago’s South Side gave shoppers a way to support black Friday without supporting big business.

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Proposed Charter For At-Risk Black Boys Navigates Polarized School Politics

Advocates say the school would help keep boys away from gangs. Critics say it will take money away from cash-strapped schools.

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Southwest Side Students Raise Money For Undocumented Peers

Students at Solorio High School on Chicago’s Southwest side are turning their anxiety about the presidential election into action.

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City To Sell School Building, Then Pay Rent

The sale means taxpayers will be paying up to $150,000 per year in rent -- money that otherwise could be spent on education.

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What The Income Gap At Chicago's Selective Enrollment High Schools Show

Chicago researchers find high performing students from poor neighborhoods are not helped much by going to one of the city’s elite public high schools.

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Michael Beal Posts Bond With Anonymous Donation

He was charged with assaulting and trying to disarm a police officer on the Southwest Side where his brother was killed after a traffic altercation.

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In Hyde Park, Feelings Of Dismay And Resilience After Trump's Win

And a little bit of hopeful anticipation. Those were some of the feelings Wednesday morning at Valois restaurant in the heart of Barack.

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Second Racially Charged Confrontation Erupts In Mount Greenwood

For the second time since Saturday’s shooting of a 25 year-old black man, allegedly by police, Mount Greenwood was the scene of a racially tinged confrontation.

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Racial Tensions Put Southwest Side Neighborhood In Spotlight Again

In a neighborhood with a history of racial tensions, residents reacted to confrontations that erupted over the weekend.

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Teachers Union, CPS Read Charter School Cap Differently

The Chicago Teachers Union touted a cap on controversial charter schools as a big win, but Chicago Public Schools has a different take.

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