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

How LA school board hopefuls answered KPCC's survey questions

KPCC submitted a survey to all 13 L.A. Unified School Board candidates. We asked them seven questions on a range of issues. Here's how they responded.

PTA asks pro-charter 'Parent Teacher Alliance' to drop name

The Parent Teacher Alliance has already spent $550,000 on the L.A. Unified race. Leaders of the California Parent Teacher Association want them to find another name.

Outside money piling up early in LA school board race

Could 2017 be the most expensive campaign to date for the Los Angeles Unified School Board? It's possible if the early pace of outside spending in the race keeps up.

LA school board race inspires big campaign spenders — for one issue

L.A. Unified School Board candidates are often pigeonholed as the "pro-charter" or "pro-teachers union." Some candidates embrace these labels. Others chafe at them.

Now that Betsy DeVos is in, what could she actually do?

Some have praised the new education secretary as an outsider who'll shake up the system; other's argue she's unqualified and will hurt the public schools with her policies.

LA charter leaders uneasy with Trump's school choice support

In deep-blue L.A., some charter school leaders say the president's embrace of school choice has complicated the local political debate over charter schools.

Feds raid offices of LA-based charter school network

Federal agents raided the offices of Celerity Educational Group — which runs a network of charter schools both in Southern California and Louisiana — on Wednesday.

New state science test caught in Trump transition

It will be up to the Trump administration to determine whether California should face consequences for moving ahead as planned with its new statewide science tests.

Teachers unions stage anti-Trump rallies across LA

The head of the nation's largest teachers union chose Los Angeles as the venue to deliver a message to President-elect Donald Trump: leave public schools alone.

To downsize, LAUSD may explore leaving downtown

With L.A. Unified leaders pushing for "decentralization," the board could vote to study overhauling its central office and moving out of its downtown headquarters.

Choose wisely: Some math books raise test scores more than others

A team of researchers figured out which California schools were using which math textbooks. When comparing that list to the schools' test scores, one book stood out.

California, feds at odds again—over a science test

If an impasse over which science assessment California students should take escalates further, it could put the state's federal education funding at risk.

LAUSD says it has a patch for its big budget hole

The state wanted L.A. Unified to outline another $245 million to spend on English learners, low-income students and foster children. LAUSD now has a plan to meet that demand.

LAUSD schools are hubs for education — and social services?

A powerhouse coalition wants L.A. Unified campuses to retool to become community centers, neighborhood gathering spots and hubs for social services.

LA school board flip-flops: Calendar won't change after all

Three months after voting for a start date later in August, the L.A. Unified school board has reversed itself. They'll keep their current "early start" in 2017-18.