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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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Schools FAQ: How Long Will The K-12 School Shutdown Last?

Also, what are “remote learning days?” Are statewide standardized tests canceled in Illinois?

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In Some Communities, Less Than 60% Of Households Have Internet. CPS' New Plan Can't Change That.

Chicago Public Schools is giving 100,000 devices to its highest-need students, but that isn't enough to deal with the city's digital divide.

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Families With Special Ed Students Struggle During School Shutdown

One Chicago mom says she refuses to let her son regress during the school shutdown — even while she waits for guidance from his school.

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Most Illinois School Districts Are Unprepared For E-Learning

The state says school work assigned during the two-week school shutdown should only count it will increase a student’s academic standing.

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Gov. Pritzker Orders All Illinois Schools Closed

The governor said all Illinois schools be closed for two weeks from March 17 to March 30 due to coronavirus concerns.

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Pressure Growing to Close Chicago Public Schools

The Chicago Teachers Union says Chicago Public Schools should join other school districts in Illinois and close amid COVID-19 concerns.

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Vaughn Student In Chicago With Fever And Cough Left In Limbo Untested

The snafu raises questions about whether CPS can reach all students at other schools if someone in their building has COVID-19.

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CPS Advises Employees Who Visited School With Coronavirus Case To Self-Quarantine

More than a dozen case managers who had a meeting at a school where an aide has tested positive for COVID-19 are being asked to stay home.

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7th Coronavirus Case In Illinois Is Chicago Man

Officials said Sunday the man in his 60s could be the first local case of community transmission of COVID-19.

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Sparring Over Testing Irregularities At Chicago Public Schools

The CPS inspector general has raised the specter of cheating or gaming, but school district officials strongly defend district test results.

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Alderman Says ‘Army of Italians’ To Protest Switch From Columbus To Indigenous Peoples' Day

Ald. Nick Sposato tells backers of the switch for Chicago schools: “Pick your own damn day … just don’t pick it for Columbus Day.”

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'Unusual Patterns' On High-Stakes CPS Exam: Your Questions Answered

The CPS inspector general has raised the specter of cheating or gaming, but school district officials strongly defend district test results.

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Report Shows Irregularities In High-Stakes CPS Exam

CPS’ Inspector General found unusual patterns among thousands of test results, prompting CPS to significantly upgrade testing security.

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CPS To Compensate Special Education Students Illegally Denied Services

It is an unprecedented step to make amends after the state found an overhaul of special ed led to illegal delays and denial of services.

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Charter Schools Under Microscope At Chicago Board of Education Meeting

Chicago Board of Education members renewed 33 charter schools Wednesday after asking tough questions about how they’re evaluated.

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Black Students At Elite Lab School Say Racism Allowed To Fester

After a student posted a racist meme on social media, black students called on the U of C Lab Schools to confront racism on campus.

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Chicago Police In Schools To Stay Out Of Discipline Matters

A new agreement lays out officers’ roles and prohibits them from handling discipline or situations that could be managed by school staff.

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Number Of Social Workers Growing In Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools is well on its way to making good on its promise to hire more social workers in the schools.

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Chicago Wants A Nurse For Every School — Are There Enough?

Chicago Public Schools committed in the teachers’ contract to a nurse in every school. Finding the right kind of nurse will be a challenge.

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