Kyle Stokes

Education Reporter

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Is your local school any good? What does "good" even mean? I help parents understand what defines quality education and which tools let them assess — and sometimes even choose — their own schools. I examine the forces that drive which students get advantages and which students get left behind, in school and beyond.

Stories by Kyle Stokes

Pasadena Unified To Close Three Elementary Schools

Pasadena school board members say dwindling enrollment numbers gave them little choice beyond closing three of the district’s 17 elementary schools.

LAUSD Abruptly Cracks Down On Charter Schools That Took District Classrooms, Then Didn't Use Them All

The district says some charters that "co-locate" with district schools have likely forced their "hosts" to give up classrooms dedicated for art, music, science or computer classes.

LAUSD Opposes CSU Proposal To Require More High School Math

Proposal calls for a fourth year of high school math or a related course like coding, personal finance or a lab science for admission to the Cal State system.

Four Years Ago, Parents Wanted To Take Over This School. Now, It's Succeeding

Four years ago, dissatisfied parents at 20th Street Elementary School were so unhappy with the L.A. Unified School District's management of the school that they threatened to invoke California's "parent trigger" law.

On LAUSD’s First Day, Principals Sort Through Who Showed Up

Enrollment exceeding district class-size limits can cause logistical nightmares for principals. But enrollment that's too low could mean a loss of funding.

LAUSD Is Back In Session, With Usual Controlled Chaos

Finding the right classroom and getting to know new teachers were among the typical first-day concerns at Alta California Elementary School.

After Mass Shootings, Young LA Activists Say Gun Reforms Still Needed

While the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso have brought gun violence back into the national spotlight, young activists in Los Angeles talk about how gun violence remains a daily reality in some areas.

El Paso Shooting Heightens L.A. Latinos' Fears

A former gang member says the massacre scared people in L.A. -- and could drive young Latinos to make bad decisions.

School Segregation Gap Growing For Latino Children

New national study also finds that low-income kids were more likely to have middle-income classmates, regardless of race or ethnicity

For Latino School Kids, Racial Segregation Is Getting Worse. But Economic Integration Is Rising

The worsening trend holds true in Southern California, too — and not just in urban schools.

Should Non-Citizens Be Allowed To Vote In LAUSD Elections?

A resolution proposes exploring a possible measure on the 2020 ballot that would open future LAUSD board elections to "all parents," including non-citizens.

Should Non-Citizen Parents Be Allowed To Vote In LAUSD School Board Elections?

If ultimately enacted, LAUSD would join the San Francisco Unified School District in extending the right to vote in board elections to non-citizens.

School Board Veteran Is Confirmed As New LAUSD President

Richard Vladovic will chair LAUSD meetings for the next year. The position is mostly ceremonial, but it often reveals which way the political winds are blowing.

LAUSD Plans 'Massive' Outreach Campaign On 2020 Census

A Census undercount would mean fewer federal dollars for critical programs, including Title I funds for high-poverty schools.

School Board Considers Ending "Wanding" Policy

A resolution calls for sunsetting rules requiring school administrators to look for weapons by randomly searching students with handheld metal detectors.