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

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.

'Game of chicken' could get 14 LAUSD charter schools denied

District officials have asked the L.A. Unified School Board to reject an unprecedented 14 charter school applications during their meeting next Tuesday.

LAUSD asked about Ref Rodriguez-linked deals in 2015

Newly-released documents show that, in 2015, district officials asked the network of charter schools Rodriguez co-founded about a wide range of potential conflicts of interest.

Ref Rodriguez pleads not guilty but refuses to leave the LAUSD board

He has no plans to step back from the school board while he fights felony charges related to an alleged political money-laundering scheme.

The law is murky when it comes to Ref Rodriguez's actions

Are charter schools subject to laws that prevent public officials from personally benefiting from taxpayer dollars? That question has divided lawmakers for years.

Complaints piling up against LAUSD board member Ref Rodriguez

The charter school network Rodriguez co-founded says he may have personally benefited from more than $285,000 of checks drawn from public funds. Read the complaint here.

Netflix CEO gives $75k to LAUSD board member's defense

Netflix founder Reed Hastings, a megadonor to pro-charter school causes, has put up $75,000 to help pay LAUSD board member Ref Rodriguez's legal bills.

LAUSD schools lost more students than expected this year

Student enrollment numbers have decreased yet again in the L.A. Unified School District — and a new headcount shows this year's drop was bigger than anticipated.

LAUSD superintendent takes medical leave, names acting chief

King is recovering from a medical procedure and has been working remotely since Sept. 15. On Saturday, she named an acting superintendent.

Southern California victims of the Las Vegas shooting

The local victims include a Simi Valley school office manager, a Manhattan Beach special education teacher and a Manhattan Beach civilian police employee.