Kyle Stokes

Education Reporter

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Kyle Stokes is the K-12 reporter on Southern California Public Radio's education team.

Kyle previously worked at KPLU Public Radio in Seattle where he covered education, including a major teachers strike. He also authored a documentary, "Renaissance Beach," on efforts to turn around a long-troubled Seattle high school. Before that, Kyle spent about three years in Bloomington, Indiana, helping launch an education reporting collaboration between NPR and member station WFIU. His work for that project, called StateImpact Indiana, earned honors from PRNDI, ONA and two National Edward R. Murrow Awards from RTDNA.

Kyle earned a Bachelors of Journalism from the University of Missouri. While in Columbia, Mo., he worked as a producer for NPR member station KBIA and a reporter for NBC affiliate KOMU. He graduated in 2011.

Stories by Kyle Stokes

New jobs, new schools, new grades: LAUSD's new year has begun

To mark the first day of school in L.A. Unified, KPCC is sharing the stories of three educators breaking new ground or breaking routine in the 2017-18 school year.

More LAUSD students finishing courses required for California colleges

L.A. Unified requires students to finish all courses needed to enroll in a UC or CSU school. This year, more students finished — but not always with the best grades.

Teachers, let us know what changes you’d like to see in your schools and districts

The start of school this year coincides with the perfect opportunity to show kids science live- a solar eclipse on August 21.

Parents of transgender child sue school not only for discrimination, but for fraud

The parents argue Heritage Oak Private School's refusal to honor 7-year-old Nikki Brar's gender transition countered the school's "claims" it didn't discriminate.

'No shots, no school'? Vaccination rates lag in charter schools

A KPCC analysis of state data shows seventh graders in charter schools are much less likely than their peers in district-run schools to be up to date on their shots.

Meet LAUSD's new school board member Nick Melvoin

Melvoin was backed by the charter school movement in LA, but says he doesn't support of a massive expansion of charter schools in LAUSD.

Meet LAUSD's new school board member Kelly Gonez

Her win was seen as a victory for the charter school movement in L.A. But, she says, "charter school expansion is not one of my stated priorities in my campaign."

Medicaid cuts could harm California's special education

California education officials say Congressional Republicans' proposed health care bills could leave the state or school districts scrambling.

5 things you should know about LAUSD's $7.5B budget

Just think about how much money that is: L.A. Unified spends more than 29 different state governments spend K-12 education — and it's all up for a vote Tuesday.

LAUSD launching ‘one-stop shop’ for parents seeking schools

Superintendent Michelle King's plan to create a "unified enrollment system," a replacement for L.A. Unified's balkanized school choice process, is now moving ahead.

LAUSD board adds two more years to superintendent's contract

The extension comes a full year before Michelle King's contract was set to expire — and less than a month before two L.A. Unified board members step down.

Charter school discipline, enrollment deal struck in Assembly

A deal in Sacramento between charter school lobbyists and the teachers union could lead to changes to the state's charter school enrollment and discipline laws.

Teachers' contract will be early test for new LAUSD board

United Teachers Los Angeles endorsed their opponents during the campaign, but will now have to work with Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez. The first order of business: a new contract.

So LAUSD has a charter-backed school board majority. What now?

Tuesday’s elections shifted the balance of power on the L.A. School Board; a majority of the board will have been endorsed by charter school advocates.

Election night reaps rewards for charter school-backed LAUSD candidates

Following the most expensive campaign for school board L.A. has ever seen, Nick Melvoin ousted incumbent Steve Zimmer in District 4. In the East Valley's District 6, Kelly Gonez bested Imelda Padilla.