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

4 lessons in compromise on choosing schools in LA

Parents in Los Angeles face an often overwhelming array of choices for where to educate their children in a taxpayer-funded setting.

Study: Charter schools more likely to suspend black students

Black students and those with disabilities were suspended from charter schools at disproportionate rates — but at similar rates to traditional schools.

Why 'school choice' matters—even if you don't have a kid

What is a "good" school? Do all the choices out there make it easier or harder to find one? Even if you don't have kids, it's something to consider.

LAUSD moves to block 'parent trigger' effort

Parent trigger advocates say they submitted more than 350 signatures in February, enough to force the district to turn over 20th Street to a charter operator.

More charter school bids hitting roadblocks at LAUSD

District staff have recommended denial for as many applications for new charters in the last two months as they have in the last two years.

LAUSD shrinks budget deficit estimates by two-thirds

School officials announced that a one-time infusion of state funding would take a big bite out of the district’s short-term budget deficit.

Is LAUSD cherrypicking charter schools?

Leaders of 30 charter networks say LAUSD has again unfairly dinged an application to open a new school — this time, for a charter high school in Westchester.

Court dials back order to release sensitive student data

A federal judge had ordered the release of a complete database of California student information to plaintiffs in a wide-ranging lawsuit about special education services.

LA schools plan overhaul of their student report cards

Students will get more than one score for each academic subject, but no more effort grades. The new draft also condenses a section on social skills and study habits.

Appeals court hears arguments in Vergara teacher tenure case

Much of the hearing was spent wrangling over whether it a court should be weighing in on tenure — or whether it was a policy matter best left to the legislature.

The latest round in the battle over teacher tenure

The second round begins in a blockbuster battle that could dismantle job protections enjoyed by California's K-12 teachers for decades.

Two-thirds of LAUSD high school seniors on-track for diploma

But less than half of Class of 2016 students are passing required courses with grades Cal State or UC campuses require for admission.

Compton teachers play hooky to protest slow-moving negotiations

The sick-out at four Compton schools is an apparent show of dissatisfaction with the progress of labor contract talks between their union and the district.

10 million California students' records to be disclosed in suit

The release includes personal information, including some Social Security numbers, for students who've attended California schools since 2008. But you can object.

'Walk-ins' spotlight national interest in LA charter fight

The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union says countering the proposed expansion of charter schools in Los Angeles is "amongst her highest priorities."