Kyle Stokes

Education Reporter

Contact Kyle Stokes

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

Huntington Park: Tiny battleground in LA charter school war

The turf war over the expansion of charter schools in LAUSD has found an unlikely new battleground: the tiny city of Huntington Park.

LAUSD board could escalate battle over El Camino's charter

L.A. Unified officials have asked school board members to take the second of three steps needed to revoke the charter for the embattled Woodland Hills school.

Behind charter donors' decision to help LAUSD schools expand

In late January, a mere three weeks into her tenure as Los Angeles Unified School District's superintendent, Michelle King welcomed two surprising guests into her office: representatives of the non-profit group that sprouted from the controversial "Great Public Schools Now" plan.

Amid LAUSD investigation, El Camino leader to take pay cut

L.A. Unified has taken a step toward yanking the high school's charter over concerns about its finances. This is the school's latest attempt to get right with LAUSD.

Pro-charter school funder to give grants to 5 LAUSD schools

Last fall, Great Public Schools Now was seen as a threat to LAUSD. On Thursday, the group outlined a plan to award up to $3.85 million to five L.A. Unified schools.

Teachers call for El Camino charter school to fire principal

Around 50 teachers and parents from El Camino Real Charter High School gathered near the campus Wednesday morning to pose a pointed question to members of their own governing board: Why have they not fired El Camino principal Dave Fehte?

LAUSD board wants to double down on high school grad goal

Board members want L.A. Unified superintendent Michelle King to refine her strategic plan draft to double-down on the goal of "100 percent" high school graduation.

El Camino school board hands down discipline, changes

Attorneys for El Camino Real Charter High School outlined those actions in a response to allegations L.A. Unified leveled against the school last month.

When your charter school closes, where do you go?

The sudden demise of City Charter High School demonstrates both how competitive and how complicated West L.A.'s school choice market for high schools has become.

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.