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Sarah Karp

Sarah Karp

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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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Chicago Teachers Approve Contract By Wide Margin

Chicago teachers ratified a five-year contract in overwhelming numbers despite concerns that some teachers were disappointed with the deal.

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Chicago Public Schools Enrollment Drops Again

The enrollment decline is smaller than in previous years but is part of a long-term slide. CPS has lost 83,000 students since 2002.

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Teachers Strike Remakes 25 Years Of Bargaining In Chicago

The Chicago teachers strike challenged a 1995 law that handed over control of the school system to the city’s mayor.

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The Chicago Teachers Union 2019 Contract Deal

Highlights from the Chicago Teachers Union 2019 tentative contract agreement

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The Chicago teachers strike is over. What did teachers win?

Chicago teachers and students returned to school Friday after an 11-day teacher strike.

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Chicago Teachers Union Delegates Approve Tentative Deal But Strike Continues

The Chicago Teachers Union says the deal is contingent on the mayor agreeing to make up the days lost to the strike.

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The $1 Billion Question: What Can CPS Afford For The Teachers Contract?

The striking Chicago Teachers Union says the city has enough money to meet its contract demands. The mayor says there is no more money.

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Mayor To Direct Extra TIF Money To CPS, But For Existing Contract Offer Only

The mayor unveils $160 million in TIF money for schools — to cover existing offer for the striking teachers union, not for other demands.

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Chicago Teachers On Strike, Capping Years Of Social Justice Activism

Saying the city hasn’t met its demands, the teacher union is hitting the picket lines. The mayor called the deal it offered “historic.”

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Chicago Mayor Cancels School On Thursday As Strike Looms

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she's getting ahead of an expected Chicago teachers strike on Thursday.

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CTU President “Overwhelmingly Certain” That Teachers Will Strike

The CTU is recommending that its elected delegates vote on Wednesday evening to strike and is “overwhelmingly certain” they will agree.

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Chicago Teachers Union Says It Sees A Path To Avert A Strike

The union says it modified its demands around staffing and class sizes. Both sides said they are committed to reaching a deal.

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Strike Talk Reaches Fever Pitch As Chicago Teacher Negotiations Stall

City leaders say teachers union appears “determined to strike at all costs,” while the union calls the district’s latest offers a “joke.”

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Chicago School Leaders Pushing Non-Economic Demands In Talks

In contract talks, Chicago Public Schools is trying to end a midyear transfer option for teachers, saying it says hurts struggling schools.

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How Class Size Demands Could Trigger A Chicago Teachers Strike

Lowering class size is a key demand for the Chicago Teachers Union. Teachers plan to strike Oct. 17 if there’s no deal by then.

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Chicago Mayor Accuses Teachers Union Of Dragging Its Feet As Strike Deadline Looms

The mayor wants counterproposals from the CTU — but neither side appears willing to budge over the key issues of class size and staffing.

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Chicago Mayor To Teachers: No Work, No Pay

Mayor Lightfoot says if Chicago teachers strike, the missed days won't be made up, cutting into teacher pay. The union dismissed the threat.

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Chicago Teachers And Two Other Unions Set One Strike Date

If all three unions strike at once, as many as 35,000 workers could walk. CPS says it can still keep school buildings open during a strike.

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Racial Issues Flare at Chicago's Elite Payton College Prep

A Payton teacher said black students are called the N-word. And, among other incidents, she has seen bananas thrown at black students.

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Chicago Teachers Authorized A Strike. So Now What?

The union plans to set a strike date next week. Teachers will likely walk out in mid-October if no deal is reached before then.

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