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

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.

LAUSD settling lawsuit over spending on high-needs students

Los Angeles Unified officials have reached an “agreement in principle” to settle a two-year-old lawsuit that accuses district officials of misspending millions of dollars in new state funding intended to help low-income students, English learners and foster youth.

'Massive charter expansion' doesn't interest new LAUSD board members

Forget what you’ve heard: the Los Angeles Unified School Board's two newest members are not here to usher in a new golden era for charter schools.

Meet LAUSD's new school board member Nick Melvoin

Melvoin was backed by the charter school movement in LA, but says he doesn't support of a massive expansion of charter schools in LAUSD.

Meet LAUSD's new school board member Kelly Gonez

Her win was seen as a victory for the charter school movement in L.A. But, she says, "charter school expansion is not one of my stated priorities in my campaign."

Medicaid cuts could harm California's special education

California education officials say Congressional Republicans' proposed health care bills could leave the state or school districts scrambling.

5 things you should know about LAUSD's $7.5B budget

Just think about how much money that is: L.A. Unified spends more than 29 different state governments spend K-12 education — and it's all up for a vote Tuesday.