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

LA Unified pushes back-to-school dates closer to Labor Day

School board members voted to move the district’s first day of classes to later dates in 2017 and 2018, but stopped short of requiring a post-Labor Day start.

LAUSD chief calls for plan to cut headquarters by 30 percent

Supt. Michelle King has asked central office managers to submit plans to cut their budgets by 30 percent, KPCC has learned. For now, it's just a planning exercise.

With $10M prize, LA teachers try to reinvent school for homeless kids

A team of educators with plans to launch a charter high school completely retooled to serve homeless and foster youth has won $10 million in startup money.

Thousands of SoCal kids miss 3-plus weeks of school per year

Chronic absenteeism — missing two days or more each month — is as big of a problem in suburban schools as it is in the Southland's urban centers, a new report shows.

Teachers unions launch ads critical of charters' political spending

A big donor itself, the CTA is denouncing charter-friendly wealthy donors "paying to push their agenda on the rest of us." Charters call it hypocritical.

Why didn't charter school overseers flag 'illegal' policies?

Government agencies that authorize charter schools missed what ACLU researchers found: potentially discriminatory admissions policies at more than 200 schools.

California students post gains on state tests, but big gaps remain

It's the second year that the public has seen results from the new exam, giving the first opportunity to chart progress over time.

LAUSD demands answers about charter school's finances

The "Notice of Violations" board members issued is the first step toward yanking the charter of El Camino Real Charter High School — but the process rarely gets that far.

CA Supreme Court won't hear Vergara teacher tenure case

The decision closes a turbulent chapter in the debate over several teacher job protections. But the plaintiffs vowed to renew that debate in the state legislature.

LAUSD eyes 2017 launch for school choice 'one-stop shop'

Supt. Michelle King wants L.A. Unified to create a single deadline and application for multiple school choice programs and begin rolling it out in 2017-18.

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.