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

LA's Locke High is improving—but is it no longer 'failing'?

The latest plan to turn the school around is now in its 10th year and, despite obvious improvements, skeptics say it still fails too many kids.

Castro incident sheds fresh light on LAUSD's security policy

A gun incident at an LAUSD middle school bears eery similarity to the death that sparked the first random searches for weapons and drugs in district schools.

LAUSD board tries to get on same page before search for new leader

L.A. Unified board members met to take the first substantive steps in their process of finding a new superintendent — their sixth in the last decade.

Ventura County officials: Thomas Fire alert system worked as intended

Some Ojai residents say they didn't get evacuation alerts during the Thomas Fire. But county officials say the system works fine.

LAUSD-union deal takes small step to cut huge health costs

As part of a tentative deal with its eight employee unions, L.A. Unified will freeze the amount it pays each year for healthcare at $1 billion for three years.

California makes 2nd attempt to meet federal education law

A state panel voted to send a new draft plan to the U.S. Department of Education — but with few of the substantive changes the feds seem to have called for.

The LAUSD students who need bilingual education most aren't signing up

Of L.A. Unified's 150,000 English learners, only 6 percent have enrolled in a dual language program so far — despite evidence of huge potential benefits.

SoCal storm triggers mudslides, killing at least 15 and destroying homes

There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. In Burbank, the storm overflowed a storm basin Tuesday afternoon, sending mud flowing through.

With King’s departure, more turnover at the top of LAUSD

Michelle King's decision to step aside was the fifth time since 2006 that the role of L.A. Unified School District superintendent has changed hands.

We talk the future of LAUSD, after Superintendent Michelle King’s announces departure

Michelle King, who has been on medical leave from her job as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District since mid-September, announced Friday she will not return to the office.

Battling cancer, LAUSD superintendent to step down

Michelle King, the L.A. Unified School District school district has been on medical leave since mid-September. She announced Friday she won't return.

Thomas Fire locals started donating to this Ojai store. They haven't stopped

Neighbors didn't wait for government aid to start arriving in Upper Ojai. Their ad-hoc relief operation in a corner store parking lot is now a community hub.

Oil seeps ignited by Thomas Fire still quietly burning

The Thomas Fire ignited naturally-occurring oil seepages. They're still burning — and though they don't pose high risk, they're tricky to put out.

LAUSD ramps up inquiry at Rodriguez's former charter school

L.A. Unified alleges a pattern of "neglecting to provide comprehensive responses and accurate information" about Rodriguez's alleged financial misdeeds. The charter says it's done nothing wrong.

Thomas Fire grows to 143,000 acres; some evacuation orders lifted

On Friday afternoon, officials identified the only known victim of the Thomas Fire, 70 year-old Virginia Pesola.