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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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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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Chicago Schools Need Repairs, Yet CPS Money Goes To New Construction

Despite leaky roofs and broken boilers, CPS under Mayor Emanuel spends more on new construction and upgrades than on repairs.

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Inspector General: End Public School Perk For Chicago’s Wealthiest

Chicago Public Schools’ inspector general calls on the school district to end free preschool for students from the richest area in the city.

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Study: 2013 Chicago School Closings Failed To Help Students

UChicago research finds students from 50 schools that were closed in 2013 aren’t better off academically now, despite promises otherwise.

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State Strips CPS Of Control Of Special Education

A state-appointed monitor will oversee special education in Chicago after a state inquiry finds changes to the program violated federal law.

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CPS Is Building A $70 Million School As Residents Ask: For Whom?

A new school is going up, but CPS won’t say who it will serve. The final decision is bound up in questions of race and city priorities.

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State: CPS Violated Special Ed Law, Needs Intensive Monitoring

The state wants a monitor to oversee special education in Chicago Public Schools after finding recent reforms violated federal law.

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Chicago Special Ed Parents Say Services Still Being Denied

In a new survey, parents and teachers say disabled Chicago students aren’t getting needed supports that are legally guaranteed.

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Chicago Charter Schools Uniting For Contract Fight

Unionized teachers at Chicago charters align their contracts to gain leverage, a move a charter leader calls a “political power grab.”

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Dirty School Gets New CPS Treatment: Chaos

CPS leaders promised to quickly deal with dirty schools across the city. But a first effort at cleanup left a South Side school in disarray.

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CPS Plays Matchmaker To Link Teachers With High-Need Schools

Schools in tough areas often struggle to recruit enough good teachers. Chicago Public Schools is aiming to get ahead of the problem.

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State: Chicago ‘Delayed and Denied' Special Ed Services For Kids

An inquiry by the Illinois State Board of Education into Chicago’s recent overhaul of special education found “systemic problems.”

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Chicago School Budgets Arrive Early But Add Little New

School-based budgets for Chicago principals offer stability for next year but no major across-the-board boosts in spending.

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Second Chance At Chicago’s Coveted Test-In Schools Benefits Wealthiest Kids

Principals can admit a small number of students through a controversial process. Low-income students often don’t even apply.

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Which CPS Elementary Schools Send The Most Kids To Top High Schools?

Grade schools with more affluent kids send large numbers to elite test-in schools, while many at black schools struggle to get in.

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