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

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.

Frustrated with official sources, Ojai residents crowdsource Thomas Fire updates

Some Ojai residents, ex-residents and evacuees say they've been frustrated with what they feel are infrequent or incomplete updates about the spreading Thomas Fire — both from local news outlets and from fire officials.

80,000 LAUSD students missed a ton of school last year

Missing the amount of school these LAUSD students missed not only puts their education at risk — it also costs the district money, a task force has concluded.

California's most racially isolated schools, in one map

A recent analysis shined fresh light on where to find racially homogenous schools in California — so KPCC put the state's data on a map.

House tax bill could make it harder to build charter schools

The U.S. House's tax bill proposes to end several programs that have been crucial to financing charter school projects nationwide.

Some Granada parents want out of 'blended learning' program

A dispute between LAUSD and a prestigious charter school raises a question: what sort of education do parents have a right to expect from their local public school?

LAUSD: There may soon be an app for that

L.A. Unified school board members will vote Tuesday on whether to create a new district mobile app that would serve as a hub for parents and students.

How LAUSD oversees charter schools just changed in a big way

An eleventh-hour deal that saved 11 schools from denial by the LAUSD board could fundamentally alter how district leaders regulate charters for years to come.

LAUSD, charter schools reach deal to end 'game of chicken'

L.A. Unified officials will recommend approval for 11 of 14 charter school requests they'd initially asked the school board to deny, three sources tell KPCC.

Suspension rates drop but racial gaps remain

The decrease comes as educators at every level work to curb disciplinary practices that remove kids from school.

'Game of chicken' could get 14 LAUSD charter schools denied

District officials have asked the L.A. Unified School Board to reject an unprecedented 14 charter school applications during their meeting next Tuesday.

LAUSD asked about Ref Rodriguez-linked deals in 2015

Newly-released documents show that, in 2015, district officials asked the network of charter schools Rodriguez co-founded about a wide range of potential conflicts of interest.

Ref Rodriguez pleads not guilty but refuses to leave the LAUSD board

He has no plans to step back from the school board while he fights felony charges related to an alleged political money-laundering scheme.

The law is murky when it comes to Ref Rodriguez's actions

Are charter schools subject to laws that prevent public officials from personally benefiting from taxpayer dollars? That question has divided lawmakers for years.

Complaints piling up against LAUSD board member Ref Rodriguez

The charter school network Rodriguez co-founded says he may have personally benefited from more than $285,000 of checks drawn from public funds. Read the complaint here.