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's schools are segregated. LAUSD says there's only so much they can do

White parents still want to live near mostly-white schools and, in L.A., most Latino kids still live in overwhelmingly Latino neighborhoods.

LAUSD teachers take an official step toward a possible fall strike

United Teachers Los Angeles leaders said officially Monday that — after more than a year at the bargaining table — contract talks between Los Angeles Unified School District officials and the teachers union had reached an "impasse.

How did veteran LA teacher's classroom experiment work out?

Last August, teacher Lisa Alva launched an experiment, shaking up the high school English classes she taught. One year later, how did her experiment work out?

LAUSD board will not renew Inspector General's contract

LAUSD board members will not renew the contract of Ken Bramlett, the district’s current Inspector General — an internal watchdog with extraordinary oversight powers.

KPCC's leader Bill Davis announces plan to step down

Bill Davis, the public radio executive who oversaw the transformation of KPCC from a small college-run station into one of Southern California's largest news organizations, announced Tuesday he plans to step aside sometime in the next 18 months.

Report: LAUSD still not targeting enough funding toward high-needs kids

In the Los Angeles Unified School District, elementary schools are funded more equally than equitably, a report released Tuesday suggests.

LAUSD may try again to give an iPad or computer to every student

After a failed plan in 2014 to outfit each student with an iPad, L.A. Unified School District officials have floated a plan to try that idea again. Officials say they've learned from the mistakes of the past. But their new plan hit a speed bump Thursday.

Schools chief wants more bilingual grads, teachers by 2030

State schools superintendent Tom Torlakson rolled out several goals Wednesday aimed at ensuring more students leave California schools bilingual in future years.

How Austin Beutner plans to help LAUSD's struggling schools

But the most intractable challenge L.A. Unified faces are not financial; at their heart, they're academic. How does Beutner think he can reverse them?

30,000 LAUSD workers cut deal, cancel May 15 strike

Los Angeles Unified School District bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, classroom aides and other non-teaching employees called off a one-day strike planned for May 15 after leaders of their union reached a tentative contract agreement with district officials late Tuesday.

LAUSD approves tear-down, rebuild of Roosevelt High campus

Los Angeles' historic Roosevelt High School will get a long-overdue rebuild of its aging campus. But the campus' most historic buildings will be torn down.

30,000 LAUSD employees plan one-day strike this month

If you're one of the 41,000 students who relies on a Los Angeles Unified School District bus to get to class, start making a backup plan to get to school next week — and even if you're not, plan to pack a lunch.

What LAUSD's new leader said in his first public appearance

L.A. Unified School District's next superintendent, Austin Beutner, acknowledged he was an "unconventional choice."

Here's how Austin Beutner thinks about LAUSD

Austin Beutner is a former banker with no history working as an educator. But the newly appointed superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District he does have a history with the school system.

Philanthropist Austin Beutner reportedly holds the lead in LAUSD’s race for a superintendent

Austin Beutner – a former investment banker who, having already made his millions, has immersed himself in the civic life of Los Angeles in recent years – will be the next superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District, sources with knowledge of the search process tell KPCC.