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

LAUSD superintendent vows to expand school choice

In an interview with KPCC, King said parents in some of the vast district's neighborhoods still have trouble accessing choice programs.

LAUSD set to open 'first all-girls school in 20 years'

Superintendent Michelle King has held up the new Girls Academic Leadership Academy as a poster-child for expanding school choice options in L.A. Unified.

LAUSD to roll out new tool for tracking English learners

The new system will give principals monthly progress reports. Supt. Michelle King said she wants every kindergarten-age English learner proficient by fifth grade.

LA Unified graduation rate climbs to 75 percent

The figure Supt. Michelle King announced Tuesday represents a three percentage-point jump from last year and a rise of more than 10 percentage points since 2011.

Pilot Fire grows to 10 square miles, evacuations ordered

A wildfire burning in the mountains between Lake Arrowhead and Silverwood Lake was about 6 percent contained late Monday.

At civil rights summer camp, past battles meet present fears

During a summer program modeled after Civil Rights-era "Freedom Schools," black and Latino kids discussed not only Selma and Little Rock, but Dallas and Baton Rouge.

1 in 5 charter schools 'illegally' screens applicants, report says

Despite mandate to serve all students, a new report says 253 of California's 1,200 charter schools have policies that restrict enrollment — perhaps illegally.

LAUSD soft-launches parent portal for attendance, grade data

LAUSD is giving its online portal a second try after a problematic launch two years ago. The portal will allow parents to see their children's grades and absences.

LA Unified magnet schools in demand, but slow to expand

LAUSD leaders have long called for the program's expansion, but wait lists remain long, and district officials reviewing bids for new magnets may be stretched thin.

Online charter school chain settles after long state inquiry

Virginia-based K12, Inc., will pay $8.5 million and its 14 California Virtual Academies agreed to a series of reforms in a deal with the state's Attorney General.

Yelp for school: How a charter network uses student reviews

The co-founders of an L.A. charter school network hold group interviews with each graduating high school senior. The feedback has occasionally prompted real changes.

Deal means no 'parent trigger' at southeast LA school

LAUSD has struck a deal bringing in an outside school turnaround group to run 20th Street Elementary School, averting a protracted court battle.

LAUSD board approves $7.6B budget, some staff cuts

District officials stitched together a balanced budget with the help of funds left over from last year, extra state revenue and a relatively small number of layoffs.

LAUSD: Extending tax increase critical to long-term budget

"The bottom falls out" of L.A. Unified's budget if voters do not extend tax hikes benefiting schools and health care programs, warns the school board's president.

3 in 4 LAUSD seniors met new graduation requirements

The Class of 2016 is the first L.A. Unified has required to complete California's so-called "A-G" courses. Early figures show 74 percent of them passed.