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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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Teachers: Children New To The U.S. Should Sit Out State Tests

Immigrants in the U.S. less than one year used to be exempt from state standardized tests. That has changed with a new test this spring.

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Strike Talks Stir At Chicago High School For The Arts

ChiArts is a contract school, funded through Chicago Public Schools, but run by a private not-for-profit.

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'Working On Womanhood' Program For Chicago Teens Showing Results

A program focused on the emotional well-being of teen girls in Chicago public schools is helping to keep them in school and out of trouble.

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Chicago Special Ed Parents Say Students Still Being Denied Services

Parents say a state appointed monitor isn’t doing enough to oversee Chicago’s troubled special education program.

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Chicago Public Schools Struggle With High Special Ed Teacher Vacancies

CPS has added teaching positions but can’t fill them, a state appointed monitor plans to tell state education officials Tuesday.

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Will Chicago Move To An Elected School Board?

A state bill could give Chicago an elected school board — but how soon and whether it’s fully elected may depend on who becomes mayor.

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Chicago Inspector General Demands Hearings On School-Based Police

Aldermen called for a hearing after the IG identified problems with school-based police six months ago but never followed up.

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Chicago’s Race For Mayor And The Future Of Chicago Public Schools

Education is a top issue on the campaign trail, with candidates sparring over school closings and an elected school board.

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Advocates: Chicago Public Schools Offering Special Ed Families A Hollow Choice

CPS agrees to give students with severe disabilities high school choices for first time but won’t transport them long distances.

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Chicago Public Schools Monitors Social Media For Student Gang Activity

CPS says the monitoring is to keep teens safe, not to punish them. But critics say it means more police in schools and violates privacy.

On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

Help! I don’t know who to vote for!

How the heck is a Chicago voter supposed to make sense of a mayor’s race with 14 candidates? Well, you’ve got about two weeks to figure that out. So WBEZ has cooked up a nifty way to help you choose which candidate you most align with, and our reporters answer some of your questions. Deep breath.

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Chicago Schools Monitoring Student Social Media See Violence Drop

In schools where school district officials monitored student social media posts, teens were at a lower risk of being shooting victims.

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Chicago Teachers Union Lays Out Contract Demands Ahead Of Mayoral Election

The CTU is focusing on housing affordability, class size, and adequate staffing. Its contract ends soon after the next mayor is sworn in.

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Chicago Slashes Number Of Overcrowded Public Schools

The decline is a result of spending on new schools and additions, and also because of declining enrollment across the district.

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CPS Inspector General’s Report Is A Litany Of Wrongdoing

Thefts by staff and parents lying to get their children in elite Chicago Public Schools noted in annual report by the district’s watchdog.

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Judge Stops Conversion of Beloved Chicago Elementary School Into A High School

After an injunction halting the conversion of the Near South Side school, Chicago Public Schools is giving up plans to convert the school.

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Chicago Closed Or Shook Up 200 Schools: Who Was Helped, Who Was Hurt?

Some 70,000 kids, nearly all black, lived through a school shakeup, WBEZ finds. At the same time, CPS opened almost 200 schools.

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Dismissed Principal Accuses CPS Of Trying To Silence Outspoken Principals

Chicago Public Schools principal who was fired after a finding that he falsified attendance records says CPS targeted him for speaking out.

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Chicago Charter Leader Investigated For Inappropriate Contact With Young Women

The founder of Chicago’s top charter school admits to acting “inappropriately toward adult women” as an investigation gets underway.

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Founder Of Chicago’s Biggest Charter School Abruptly Steps Down

Noble Schools CEO says he is retiring for personal reasons. In a public letter, the board president added, “this is best for Noble as well.”

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