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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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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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High Demand For Seats In New South Loop High School

Near South Side parents want guaranteed spots in the long-awaited school while surrounding schools struggle with declining enrollment.

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CPS Moves To Terminate For-Profit School Firm After Damning IG Report

The inspector general says a company running schools for dropouts grew after paying for improper access to CPS’ corrupt former leader.

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Board Approves Public Schools Budget Despite Questions About Equity

There’s more money this year in Chicago Public Schools' spending plan, but how and where it will be spent is a sore point for some.

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5 Things To Know About Chicago’s $7.5B Public School Budget

New positions, new building raise questions about where all the money will come from.

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Controversy Over Firing Of Popular Chicago Public Schools Principal

Parents and community leaders are questioning why former Burke Elementary Principal Jessica Biggs was fired and why they weren’t consulted.

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Who’s Getting School Improvement Money In Chicago?

Parents and advocates question where school improvement money is being spent in Chicago.

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CPS To Launch Office To Protect Students From Sexual Abuse

The $3 million office comes after an investigation found CPS had repeatedly failed to protect students from sexual abuse by school workers.

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CPS To Dump Rule Requiring High Schools To Fail Chronically Truant Kids

High school students who miss 20 percent of a year are supposed to be held back. Chicago Public Schools wants to drop that requirement.

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Young Women Detail Sexual Abuse In Chicago Schools

Two young women described experiences with sexual abuse by Chicago school staff to outraged state lawmakers at a hearing on Wednesday.

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CPS Inspector General To Investigate Sexual Misconduct

The board is heeding the inspector general’s call to give him the responsibility of looking into sexual misconduct at district schools.

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