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

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.

A $200 million tab for LAUSD's data system

Many agree that the district's integrated student data system, "MiSiS," is performing better. The question now is whether it can become more useful to schools.

How mayor, colleges will offer free tuition for LAUSD grads

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has pledged to raise roughly $1.5 million to help deliver on a promise of one tuition-free year of community college.

Teacher tenure survives to fight another day in court

In a major win for teachers' unions, an appeals court has reversed a lower court's ruling that would have ended teacher tenure in California. The plaintiffs say they'll take the case to the state Supreme Court.

Why LAUSD owes one charter school $7.1 million

The district's violation of Prop. 39, which requires it to find space for charter schools on its campuses, isn't going to come cheap.

Charter schools push to curb the power of LAUSD's investigator

A bill in the state legislature would limit the school board's ability to use the district's internal investigative agency to oversee charter schools.

CSU faculty get 5 percent raise this year, avert strike

The deal gives faculty the raises they demanded but avoids cuts to other programs that university administrators had said were blocking salary increases.

LAUSD makes applying easier

LA Unified is trying to boost enrollment, including a plan to unify and simplify the application process for parents trying to enroll their children in public schools, including charters and magnets.

LAUSD wants to be a 1-stop shop for school choice

Officials are creating a unified enrollment system with a single application — and a single deadline — for many of the district's school choice programs.

Are too many students being labeled 'special needs'?

District officials are more closely scrutinizing special education referrals after a panel finds officials are over-identifying students as having special needs.

LAUSD could cash in from TV spectrum auction

The district hopes to sell its rights to the spectrum used for its public TV station. Could the sale make a dent in its deficit? It's hard to say how much it will get.