sarah karp

Winners and losers in CPS budget

By: 
Sarah Karp | Catalyst Chicago

CPS leadership is proposing a budget that does not include massive layoffs, but that doesn’t mean that some schools aren’t losing teachers and other staff.

This year, for the first time, CPS posted a searchable database that shows school-level and unit-level information on budgets and positions. These numbers show how staffing ebbs and flows among schools. 

Community schools funding in question

By: 
Sarah Karp | Catalyst Chicago

Organizations that run community schools--the programs that keep school doors open into the evening with classes for adults and activities for children--reportedly have been told by CPS that they will not receive district funding next year.

Sylvia Gonzalez, the community schools resource coordinator for McAuliffe School in Logan Square, says the loss will mean that students won’t have as much access to tutoring and a safe place to be after school. Like many community schools, hers opens at 7:15 a.m. and doesn’t close for 12 hours.

Catalyst Chicago deputy editor Sarah Karp and associate editor Rebecca Harris won two awards from the national Education Writers Association, a competitive and prestigious competition that recognizes excellence on the education beat across multiple media through its National Awards for Education Reporting.

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