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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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Corrupt Former CPS Chief Sentenced To 54 Months

Federal prosecutors wanted Barbara Byrd-Bennett to serve more than seven years in prison. Her attorneys asked for three and a half years.

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Corrupt Former CPS Chief To Be Sentenced

Barbara Byrd-Bennett was tapped to lead Chicago Public Schools and help build community trust. In the end, she accomplished the opposite.

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New Chicago Graduation Mandate Earns Mixed Reviews

Chicago's mayor wants to require every student to make post high school plans. CPS says this can push schools to see every child's potential.

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Few College Counselors At CPS Add Uncertainty To Post-Grad Push

The district’s high counselor-to-student ratio comes as Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants every student to graduate with post-high school plans.

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CPS Will Require All 8th Graders Apply For High School

CPS says requiring all students to apply will make for a more fair process. A Board of Education vote is expected Wednesday.

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How Chicago Public Schools Could Avoid Closing Early

CPS has a number of options to plug its budget gap, but they could carry hefty consequences for the district, city and taxpayers.

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Chicago Schools Miss Out On Retirement Incentive Savings

CPS officials hoped to save at least $60 million to help balance future budgets as the district faces severe financial problems.

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Chicago State University Hires Vallas As Chief Administrative Officer

Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas wanted to be interim president, but the embattled university instead selected a former dean for the position.

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Fight To Unionize Heats Up At Chicago's Largest Charter School Network

Educators at Noble charter schools say the administration is illegally trying to thwart their efforts to become the largest charter union.

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Chicago Teachers Halt One-Day Strike — For Now

The Chicago Teachers Union said if the school year is officially cut short then they will gather to discuss their options.

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CTU Pushing For Broader Strike And Bargaining Rights

A bill to give teachers the right to strike over more issues was approved by a House committee Wednesday, but it’s far from becoming law.

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7 Years In Prison For Man Behind Chicago Schools Bribery Scheme

Gary Solomon was sentenced for his part in a bribery scandal that ended the career of former CPS Schools CEO Byrd-Bennett.

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Cash-Strapped CPS Greenlights Nearly $300 Million In School Construction Projects

Questions and controversy surround the projects.

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Chicago After-School Programs Face Axe Under Trump’s Budget

More than 100 schools might not be able to provide after-school programs for low-income students if Trump's budget cuts are approved.

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Latino 'Genius' Leader Named Head Of City Colleges Of Chicago

Juan Salgado was chosen after a year-long search to run CCC. He'll replace Cheryl Hyman, who announced her resignation last summer.

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Chicago Charter School Teacher Strike Averted

Teachers at four Aspira Charter Schools announced late Thursday a deal to avoid a strike.

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Chicago Teachers Union Considers One Day Strike

The Chicago Teachers Union is considering a one-day strike if Chicago Public Schools cancels the last 13 days of the school year.

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Chicago Charter School Teachers Set March 17 Strike Date

But a recent offer by school management has the potential to avert a walkout.

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CEO: Bid To Become Nation's Largest Charter School Union Could Hurt Schools

Teachers at the city’s largest charter school chain took crucial first steps to start a union on Friday.

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Illinois Officials Blame CPS Chief For Mid-Year Budget Cuts

Illinois officials blame Chicago schools chief Forrest Claypool and the school board for the district’s mid-year budget crisis.

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