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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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5 Things To Know About Chicago Public Schools’ Budget

A good news budget includes repairs across the city, but also pain for schools losing students and major debt for the school district.

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A Chicago Teachers Strike Is Looming: Explore The Issues

The Chicago Teachers Union is ready to strike as early as Sept. 26 if no deal is reached. WBEZ highlights issues that divide the two sides.

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Lightfoot Says Outside Party Is Siding With City In Teacher Contract Talks

The Chicago Teachers Union sent a letter to members bashing the recommendations from the "factfinder" reviewing contract negotiations.

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Mayor, School Leaders Say New Budget Is More Equitable Than Past Ones

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first CPS spending plan looks to repair schools, but in many ways isn’t different than past budgets.

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Does Your CPS School Have Trouble Finding Teachers And Subs?

Chicago Public Schools is struggling with a teacher shortage — and a substitute shortage. See how it affects your school.

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1 In 3 Chicago Public Schools Went Without A Teacher For a Year

WBEZ found a Chicago teacher and substitute shortage doesn’t hit all schools equally. It’s most acute at schools serving black students.

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Chicago Mayor Offers Up Big Promises Of More School Nurses And Social Workers

Mayor Lori Lightfoot pledged these hires as a way to improve the public schools. She provided few details for how she’d pay for them.

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Chicago School Security Guards Accused Of Sexual Misbehavior At High Rates

Chicago schools received 467 complaints of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior, with a disproportionate number involving guards.

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Police Officer Or Counselor? Chicago School Police Trained To Straddle The Line

New training for Chicago school-based police officers urges them to be both officers as well as educators and counselors.

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Chicago Teachers And School District On ‘Collision Course’ Over Staffing

The teachers union says a big dispute is brewing over staffing levels. If it goes unresolved, teachers could strike by September.

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Mayor Lightfoot Says Teachers Contract Will Strengthen School Staffing

After criticism over a proposal dealing only with finances, the mayor said she's open to upping staffing levels in schools in the contract.

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New Chicago Board Of Education Members Voice Dissent

Mayor Lightfoot’s new board met for the first time and did something unheard of: they almost rejected a policy favored by the district.

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For Chicago Schools Focused On Social Supports, Help Goes A Long Way

Most Chicago public schools need extra social work support to meet students’ emotional needs. Outside groups try to fill that void.

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Extending The ‘Gap Year’ After High School Beyond Kids Of Means

Four low-income Chicago teens are getting a free “gap year” abroad after high school. Gap years are more common for wealthier students.

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Chicago Slow To Reform School Police Program: Report

Chicago’s inspector general says Chicago Police have failed to implement key reforms for police in schools recommended nine months ago.

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New CPS Application Didn't Improve Access For Black Students In First Year

A study finds a new application hasn’t led to changes in enrollment for black students, who are more likely to go to low-performing schools.

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CPS Pledges To Offer 'High-Quality' Curricula For All Grades, All Schools

Chicago Public Schools describes this as a “first-of-its-kind” initiative to ensure equal access to top-flight materials at all schools.

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From Free Medical Care To Ending Water Shut-Offs: Lightfoot’s Mayoral Blueprint

On Friday, Lightfoot’s transition team unveiled an ambitious policy blueprint for her first term.

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Mayor Emanuel’s Complicated Education Legacy

Emanuel touts progress in CPS as his legacy, but many teachers say they will instead remember the turmoil under his watch.

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Study: 45% Of Young Black Men In Chicago Out Of School, Out Of Work

The UIC researcher behind the analysis says the new study helps explain why some communities see greater levels of violence.

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