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

Teachers, let us know what changes you’d like to see in your schools and districts

The start of school this year coincides with the perfect opportunity to show kids science live- a solar eclipse on August 21.

Charter school kindergarteners lagging behind in vaccinations

KPCC found seventh graders in charter schools were less likely to be up-to-date on their shots. A follow-up analysis of kindergarten numbers shows a similar pattern.

Parents of transgender child sue school not only for discrimination, but for fraud

The parents argue Heritage Oak Private School's refusal to honor a 7-year-old's gender transition countered the school's "claims" it didn't discriminate.

'No shots, no school'? Vaccination rates lag in charter schools

A KPCC analysis of state data shows seventh graders in charter schools are much less likely than their peers in district-run schools to be up to date on their shots.

Changes to teacher tenure law on hold in Sacramento. Again.

Earlier this year, it looked like lawmakers might've been ready to extend California's teacher tenure timeline by an extra year. Now, the proposal's on hold.

LAUSD board will soon be paid better than state legislature

Before the raise, L.A. Unified School Board pay was still higher than most districts. Now, board members will be among the best-paid elected officials in California.

LAUSD settling lawsuit over spending on high-needs students

Los Angeles Unified officials have reached an “agreement in principle” to settle a two-year-old lawsuit that accuses district officials of misspending millions of dollars in new state funding intended to help low-income students, English learners and foster youth.

'Massive charter expansion' doesn't interest new LAUSD board members

Forget what you’ve heard: the Los Angeles Unified School Board's two newest members are not here to usher in a new golden era for charter schools.

Meet LAUSD's new school board member Nick Melvoin

Melvoin was backed by the charter school movement in LA, but says he doesn't support of a massive expansion of charter schools in LAUSD.

Meet LAUSD's new school board member Kelly Gonez

Her win was seen as a victory for the charter school movement in L.A. But, she says, "charter school expansion is not one of my stated priorities in my campaign."

Medicaid cuts could harm California's special education

California education officials say Congressional Republicans' proposed health care bills could leave the state or school districts scrambling.

5 things you should know about LAUSD's $7.5B budget

Just think about how much money that is: L.A. Unified spends more than 29 different state governments spend K-12 education — and it's all up for a vote Tuesday.

LAUSD launching ‘one-stop shop’ for parents seeking schools

Superintendent Michelle King's plan to create a "unified enrollment system," a replacement for L.A. Unified's balkanized school choice process, is now moving ahead.

LAUSD board adds two more years to superintendent's contract

The extension comes a full year before Michelle King's contract was set to expire — and less than a month before two L.A. Unified board members step down.

California wants you to teach science or special ed

State lawmakers are considering making an offer to prospective teachers: commit to teach in these high-need subjects and we'll take a bite out of your tuition costs.