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

LAUSD Board asks state to temporarily halt new charter schools from opening

Board member Richard Vladovic, the resolution's sponsor, framed it as a time to "step back, after 27 years of an experiment, to see if it worked."

How L.A.'s mayor and a 'leap of faith' helped end the LAUSD teachers strike

On the day Los Angeles Unified School District teachers went on strike, Mayor Eric Garcetti suggested resolving the dispute might require a small "leap of faith" by school district officials.

The LAUSD teachers strike is over. Here's what's in the deal

Even after the members weigh in, the deal will need to clear several hurdles. L.A. Unified School Board members will need to approve the proposed contract.

LAUSD, UTLA negotiators have reached a tentative contract agreement

Mayor Eric Garcetti, UTLA president Alex Caputo-Pearl and LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner announced the deal at a joint press conference at L.A. City Hall.

Class size reduction motivates striking teachers, but is it worth the high cost?

Los Angeles teachers union members have made a class-size reduction central to their demands during their strike against the L.A. Unified School District.

With striking teachers outside, skeleton crews try to keep schools running

Los Angeles Unified School District teachers walked off the job today for their first strike in 30 years.  While they marched and walked picket lines outside, skeleton crews of administrators and aides inside kept schools running as best they could.

LAUSD teachers strike for higher pay, more staff, smaller class sizes

Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District initiated a strike early Monday morning, a work stoppage that affects roughly 480,000 public school students and their parents.

The first LAUSD teacher’s strike in 30 years could take place this Thursday. Here’s what to expect

United Teachers Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District leaders are set to meet Monday for their first face-to-face negotiation session since at least early December.

LAUSD tries to block special education teachers from striking

The move comes one week before the Jan. 10 strike deadline recently set by UTLA union leadership.

Charter school advocates spent tons on money on this election — and still lost their biggest races

In total, charter school advocates made $62 million in independent expenditures on this year's elections, according to a KPCC/LAist analysis of campaign finance data.

Students raise thousands for teacher whose home burned in Woolsey Fire

When students in dance classes at Van Nuys High School learned that their teacher, Reesa Partida, had lost her home in the Woolsey Fire last week, they sprang into action. The students set up a page for Partida on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.

Student opponents of LAUSD’s random search policy disrupted fundraiser with superintendent

Every day, L.A. Unified middle- and high school staff select students at random to be searched for drugs and weapons.

LAUSD school, once a target for ‘parent trigger,’ posts huge gains on latest statewide tests

The results are in from the standardized tests students in California public schools took last spring — and overall, kids across the state scored a little better this year than they did in 2017.

On eve of mediation, LAUSD makes new offer to teachers

The contract dispute has United Teachers Los Angeles members ready for a possible strike, which could come as soon as this year if the two sides don't reach a deal.

LAUSD’s leader wants to ‘manage out’ bad teachers. But does the district know which teachers are bad?

Los Angeles Unified schools superintendent Austin Beutner has called for removing the district’s weakest teachers from the classroom.