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

UTLA, charter network both claim wins in teacher union case

A judge ruled LA's largest charter school chain was wrong to block teachers union reps from its campuses. But the judge rejected some of the union's arguments, too.

LAUSD, teachers union find harmony on teacher evaluations

In years past, evaluations caused bitter divisions between UTLA and the district. But the latest round of talks went off without a hitch. What's changed?

LAUSD shortchanging funding for high-needs students, state says

In siding with activists' complaints, the state has thrown a multi-million-dollar curveball into the late stages of L.A. Unified's budget process.

2 dead in UCLA murder-suicide, including professor

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said investigators had determined there was a homicide and suicide in an engineering building on the campus of UCLA Wednesday morning.

Taxpayers stuck with bill for LAUSD sex abuse settlements

L.A. Unified says its insurers "abandoned the school district" after a $200 million settlement in 2014. Who should pay for the most recent $88 million payout?

Did charter school battle union effort with public funds?

At state lawmakers' direction, the state auditor will examine whether the Alliance charter school network used public funds to dissuade its teachers from unionizing.

Vergara plaintiffs file appeal, back tenure overhaul bill

Plaintiffs in the Vergara v. California lawsuit formally asked the state Supreme Court take up their case. But they're also pursuing a legislative route to changes.

Fact check: How much do charter schools cost LAUSD?

The teachers union says charters cost L.A. Unified nearly $600 million. Charter school backers say the estimate is "riddled with inaccuracies." Who's right?

LAUSD chief wants more school choices, less central control

Superintendent Michelle King shared a list of priorities Wednesday — one of the clearest indications yet of how the she hopes to make her mark on L.A. Unified.

Union: Loss of students to charters costs LAUSD $500 mill.

Students choosing to enroll in charter schools instead of LAUSD schools cost the district $508.2 million in net revenues, according to a report commissioned by the teachers union.

LAUSD board members seek private funds to grow programs

"Philanthropy has abandoned L.A. Unified," says one school board member, who wants the district to bring in outside partners to help expand programs.

Tensions rise on shared LAUSD-charter campuses

Charter school co-locations appear to be the latest flashpoint in the ongoing political battle between charter advocates and L.A.'s teachers union.

LAUSD and charter schools, an unhappy marriage

The political friction between L.A. Unified and charter schools makes it easy to forget the two sides are often so much more than neighbors — they're practically roommates.

With utility costs rising, LAUSD seeks energy savings

The faster increase is largely driven by an LADWP rate hike that could leave L.A. Unified's utility bills $24.2 million higher in five years.

A teacher's fight for her job highlights the tenure debate

A fight over the firing of a teacher from a South L.A. high school is playing out against the backdrop of a larger debate about teacher job protections.