Sarah Karp is a reporter at WBEZ. A former reporter for Catalyst-Chicago, the Chicago Reporterand 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.
Thursday marks the first day of a teacher strike in Chicago. The walkouts have left parents in the nation's third largest district scrambling to find child care.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that she expects the teachers union to move ahead with a strike after a contract agreement wasn't reached.
The Chicago Teachers Union voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, union officials announced Thursday. The Chicago Public Schools CEO says the offer of a 16% raise over five years is generous.
Illinois is taking the unusual step of imposing a state monitor on Chicago's special education program, after a WBEZ investigation found the state systematically delayed and denied services to needy students.