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Stories by Kyle Stokes
Winning millions in tax hikes was the easy part of solving homelessness in L.A. The next step: convince residents to support affordable housing in their neighborhoods.
Rebuilding the town is proving to be slow work. After the mudslide, officials found 246 structures that were unsafe to enter. Now, 210 of these remain red-tagged.
Juniors on 29 campuses from South L.A. to San Pedro got a break from their classes to take the college prep exam — for free.
Body scanners in L.A.'s transit stations? Metro and TSA are testing technology that could make it possible — without the need to erect an airport-style checkpoint.
In the wake of the deadly Florida high school shooting, a blue ribbon panel will gather this spring to ask, "Are students in L.A. schools as safe as they can be?"
Three participants in the East Los Angeles high school walkouts remember, in their own words, a pivotal moment in the history of L.A. and the Chicano movement.
If SEIU Local 99's rank-and-file vote to strike, the union's bargaining team would have the power to call a work stoppage "as early as this school year."
L.A. Unified says the proposed $173 million "modernization" for the Boyle Heights campus is long overdue. Some alumni worry the district is bulldozing history.
The latest plan to turn the school around is now in its 10th year and, despite obvious improvements, skeptics say it still fails too many kids.
A gun incident at an LAUSD middle school bears eery similarity to the death that sparked the first random searches for weapons and drugs in district schools.
L.A. Unified board members met to take the first substantive steps in their process of finding a new superintendent — their sixth in the last decade.
Some Ojai residents say they didn't get evacuation alerts during the Thomas Fire. But county officials say the system works fine.
As part of a tentative deal with its eight employee unions, L.A. Unified will freeze the amount it pays each year for healthcare at $1 billion for three years.
A state panel voted to send a new draft plan to the U.S. Department of Education — but with few of the substantive changes the feds seem to have called for.
Of L.A. Unified's 150,000 English learners, only 6 percent have enrolled in a dual language program so far — despite evidence of huge potential benefits.