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

We talk the future of LAUSD, after Superintendent Michelle King’s announces departure

Michelle King, who has been on medical leave from her job as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District since mid-September, announced Friday she will not return to the office.

Battling cancer, LAUSD superintendent to step down

Michelle King, the L.A. Unified School District school district has been on medical leave since mid-September. She announced Friday she won't return.

Thomas Fire locals started donating to this Ojai store. They haven't stopped

Neighbors didn't wait for government aid to start arriving in Upper Ojai. Their ad-hoc relief operation in a corner store parking lot is now a community hub.

Oil seeps ignited by Thomas Fire still quietly burning

The Thomas Fire ignited naturally-occurring oil seepages. They're still burning — and though they don't pose high risk, they're tricky to put out.

LAUSD ramps up inquiry at Rodriguez's former charter school

L.A. Unified alleges a pattern of "neglecting to provide comprehensive responses and accurate information" about Rodriguez's alleged financial misdeeds. The charter says it's done nothing wrong.

Thomas Fire grows to 143,000 acres; some evacuation orders lifted

On Friday afternoon, officials identified the only known victim of the Thomas Fire, 70 year-old Virginia Pesola.

Frustrated with official sources, Ojai residents crowdsource Thomas Fire updates

Some Ojai residents, ex-residents and evacuees say they've been frustrated with what they feel are infrequent or incomplete updates about the spreading Thomas Fire — both from local news outlets and from fire officials.

80,000 LAUSD students missed a ton of school last year

Missing the amount of school these LAUSD students missed not only puts their education at risk — it also costs the district money, a task force has concluded.

California's most racially isolated schools, in one map

A recent analysis shined fresh light on where to find racially homogenous schools in California — so KPCC put the state's data on a map.

House tax bill could make it harder to build charter schools

The U.S. House's tax bill proposes to end several programs that have been crucial to financing charter school projects nationwide.

Some Granada parents want out of 'blended learning' program

A dispute between LAUSD and a prestigious charter school raises a question: what sort of education do parents have a right to expect from their local public school?

LAUSD: There may soon be an app for that

L.A. Unified school board members will vote Tuesday on whether to create a new district mobile app that would serve as a hub for parents and students.

How LAUSD oversees charter schools just changed in a big way

An eleventh-hour deal that saved 11 schools from denial by the LAUSD board could fundamentally alter how district leaders regulate charters for years to come.

LAUSD, charter schools reach deal to end 'game of chicken'

L.A. Unified officials will recommend approval for 11 of 14 charter school requests they'd initially asked the school board to deny, three sources tell KPCC.

Suspension rates drop but racial gaps remain

The decrease comes as educators at every level work to curb disciplinary practices that remove kids from school.