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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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Founder Of Chicago’s Biggest Charter School Abruptly Steps Down

Noble Schools CEO says he is retiring for personal reasons. In a public letter, the board president added, “this is best for Noble as well.”

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Parents Want Principal Overseeing Integration Effort Reinstated

Parents say a CPS principal accused of fudging attendance records should stay. They say it unfairly hurts the school at a critical moment.

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CPS Principal Leading Controversial School Merger Removed

Dismissal proceedings have begun for a principal who led the merger of two Near North Side public schools across racial and economic lines.

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What’s A Grade Worth? State Vs. CPS Ratings Mismatch

New bottom ratings by Illinois for some Chicago schools conflict with Chicago Public Schools’ top ratings for the same schools.

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CPS Enrollment Drops By 10,000 Students

Chicago Public Schools enrollment is down for the seventh straight year. Since closing 50 schools in 2013, CPS has lost 42,000 kids.

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One Mom’s Struggle With Strict CPS Policy: ‘He Is Sinking’

It's not unusual to enroll a child in kindergarten at age 6, one year late. But, as one mom found out the hard way, CPS forbids it.

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CPS Expected To Get Extra $75M Windfall From City

The school district is slated to get extra cash from special taxing districts called TIFs. CPS likely will use it to avoid some borrowing.

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Eerie Calm In Chicago, But Storm Never Arrived

Downtown Chicago emptied Friday in anticipation of a verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial, but demonstrations were mostly peaceful.

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Chicago Public Schools Alumni Score Record High College-Going Rate

Some 65 percent of grads go to college, up 20 percent since 2010. Much of the growth is due to higher City Colleges of Chicago enrollment.

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CPS Falling Short Of Promise To Add Social Workers To Help With Trauma

It was a big deal this summer when Chicago’s schools chief pledged to add 160 social workers. So far, less than a quarter are in place.

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CPS Wants Communities To Use New Data To Improve Their Schools

The data shows communities with schools with specialty programs and those without. It also identifies severely under-enrolled schools.

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Chicago Inspector General Blasts School Police Program

The police officers stationed in many CPS schools lack training or a clear mandate, causing some kids to say they feel less safe.

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'Don't Make Assumptions' And Other Lessons Students Taught Their Teachers

Four Chicago-area teachers reflect on a valuable lesson learned from one of their students.

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Schools At Opposite Ends Of Income Divide Become One

A Gold Coast school serving many white and wealthy kids merged with one serving mostly black and poor students near Cabrini-Green.

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Chicago Graduation Rate Reaches New High

CPS’ graduation rate has been climbing, leaping from year to year. This year is a new high, though it’s only slightly better than in 2017.

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CPS Test Scores Flat After Rising For Years

Elementary school results released Wednesday show black Chicago Public Schools students continue to trail far behind other groups.

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Englewood Loses Another High School

Chicago Public Schools voted to phase out three schools in one South Side neighborhood by 2021. But one has no students and is closing early.

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Uncertain Future For Chicago Teachers Union

The CTU is one of the city’s most powerful political forces. But its strength is being challenged as its dynamic leader Karen Lewis retires.

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Students Covet Half Of Chicago’s High Schools While 10 Get Few Takers

New data show 90 percent of students want to go to just half of all Chicago public high schools while 10 city schools had almost no takers.

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CPS And CTU To Turn 20 Schools Into Community Hubs

The $10 million effort pairs neighborhood schools with community groups who can bring supports and activities to the schools this year.

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