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

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.

Spending on LAUSD race shatters records

Outside groups have spent more than $14 million to influence voters. Smaller sums are being raised to sway decisions on a police oversight measure, the only citywide race.

The politics of LA Unified's graduation rate

Two school board candidates have questioned whether L.A. Unified's graduation rate is "inflated." Could their election alter LAUSD's "100 percent" graduation goal?

2 Celerity charter schools shut down by state education board

Two schools run by Celerity Educational Group — the Los Angeles charter school operator under federal investigation — are shutting down.

LAUSD: Here's what to do if ICE agents come to campus

L.A. Unified board members told school employees not to comply with immigration agents' requests until the district's lawyers get a chance to review them.

District report: LAUSD would lose money on sale of its HQ

Two L.A. Unified School Board members floated the idea in January, even if only as a creative planning exercise. On Tuesday, district staff threw cold water on it.

What to do about the ballooning cost of LAUSD's benefits

With the May 16 run-off elections for two L.A. Unified School Board seats just weeks away, the question of how district leaders ought to handle increasingly expensive benefits costs has surfaced in the campaign debate.

LAUSD to pilot an expanded dual-language preschool program

L.A. Unified School Board members approved a pilot program that expands "dual-language immersion" instruction to up to eight preschool classrooms next school year.

LAUSD board backs proposal for stricter charter school laws

L.A. Unified School Board members' 4-3 vote again put them in the middle of the political tug-of-war between teachers union leaders and charter school advocates.

San Bernardino teacher remembered for her faith, voice

"She had … God-given talent" for music and for working with children, said a cousin of Karen Smith, who was killed in her San Bernardino classroom on Monday.

3 dead, 1 wounded after San Bernardino school shooting

A female teacher is dead and two students wounded after a shooting in a classroom at North Park Elementary, in what is believed to be a murder-suicide, officials said.

Long Beach schools face challenge on funding for high-needs kids

The complaint formally accuses Long Beach Unified School District officials of spending state funding intended for high-need students on district-wide expenses.

2 charter schools oversight bills surface in Sacramento

Two bills in Sacramento would apply state open records and open meetings laws, as well as an ethics law, to the few charter schools that don't already follow them.