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

Can LAUSD copy a good school? Its teachers doubt it

At a school that L.A. Unified is using as a model for a new magnet program in Watts, teachers question whether the district's plan to "replicate" their success can work.

Charter school discipline, enrollment deal struck in Assembly

A deal in Sacramento between charter school lobbyists and the teachers union could lead to changes to the state's charter school enrollment and discipline laws.

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.