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

A troubled LA charter school network details plans to reform

Celerity Educational Group leaders say they have a plan in place to right the ship — and on Tuesday, the L.A. Unified School Board tentatively blessed that plan.

Are LAUSD grads leaving high schools ready for college?

On Tuesday, the L.A. Unified School Board may call on staff to deliver a broad-ranging report on the district's college readiness data by January.

Need an immigration lawyer? Some LA schools can refer you

Some schools offer to connect families with immigration attorneys — an offer that's taken on new salience after President Trump's DACA decision Tuesday.

DACA: California schools step up legal, counseling support

California schools are stepping up their legal and counseling teams in the wake of the decision to end Obama-era protections for young immigrants who lack documentation.

La Tuna Fire, one of the largest in LA history, burns thousands of acres

The La Tuna Fire continues to burn near Burbank, Glendale and Sun Valley, scorching at least 5,800 acres of brush. The fire was about 10% contained, authorities said late Saturday.

Why do charter schools' vaccination rates lag so far behind?

Behind the numbers in a KPCC data analysis that found students in public charter schools were less likely to be vaccinated than their peers in district-run schools.

Dispute over LBUSD's spending on high-needs students escalates

The escalation draws fresh attention to a fundamental disagreement about how the state's five-year-old school funding law ought to work.

LA schools watched the eclipse — both indoors and outdoors

"We're not going to take a risk," one Los Angeles school's principal said — of a child wearing faulty glasses, or of a child refusing to wear them.

New jobs, new schools, new grades: LAUSD's new year has begun

To mark the first day of school in L.A. Unified, KPCC is sharing the stories of three educators breaking new ground or breaking routine in the 2017-18 school year.

More LAUSD students finishing courses required for California colleges

L.A. Unified requires students to finish all courses needed to enroll in a UC or CSU school. This year, more students finished — but not always with the best grades.

Teachers, let us know what changes you’d like to see in your schools and districts

The start of school this year coincides with the perfect opportunity to show kids science live- a solar eclipse on August 21.

Charter school kindergarteners lagging behind in vaccinations

KPCC found seventh graders in charter schools were less likely to be up-to-date on their shots. A follow-up analysis of kindergarten numbers shows a similar pattern.

Parents of transgender child sue school not only for discrimination, but for fraud

The parents argue Heritage Oak Private School's refusal to honor 7-year-old Nikki Brar's gender transition countered the school's "claims" it didn't discriminate.

'No shots, no school'? Vaccination rates lag in charter schools

A KPCC analysis of state data shows seventh graders in charter schools are much less likely than their peers in district-run schools to be up to date on their shots.

Changes to teacher tenure law on hold in Sacramento. Again.

Earlier this year, it looked like lawmakers might've been ready to extend California's teacher tenure timeline by an extra year. Now, the proposal's on hold.