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

Resounding Defeat for LAUSD Parcel Tax Measure

Measure EE, which would have helped fund provisions of the teachers strike settlement, needed two-thirds approval to pass, but less than half of voters supported it.

Voters Say No To Parcel Tax To Fund LAUSD

Los Angeles Unified School District leaders are going to need a new way to pay for the promises they made to end last January's teachers strike.

Parcel Tax Plan To Fund LAUSD On The Ballot Today

Measure EE would enact a parcel tax on some residential and commercial properties of 16 cents per square foot to help fund the school system.

At Campaign Stop, Julian Castro Stumps For Measure EE

Castro is the fourth Democratic presidential candidate to endorse the proposed LAUSD parcel tax, which goes before voters on June 4.

End Of An Era For Charter Schools? Bills Call For Temporary Charter Halt Make Way Through State Legislature

A package of major changes to California's charter school laws is advancing through the state legislature — changes that are making pro-charter advocates very, very nervous.

LAUSD Superintendent's Big Plan To Improve Schools Pins Its Hope On Principals

The education of about a half-million children in the L.A. Unified School District relies on a huge bureaucracy. Since coming on board as LAUSD's superintendent last year, Austin Beutner has been looking for ways to re-imagine that bureaucracy.

LAUSD Superintendent Wants to Ease Burdens on Principals

Austin Beutner says he'll pare down paperwork requirements and other administrative tasks to allow principals to spend more time with parents and colleagues.

Newly Elected LAUSD Board Member Huddles with Superintendent

After special election victory, Jackie Goldberg, who had been sharply critical of LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner, says she now hopes to work with him.

She's Back: Jackie Goldberg Reclaims Seat On LAUSD Board

The 74-year-old veteran of Los Angeles politics, whose campaign for an open L.A. Unified School Board seat became a rallying point for the district's energized teachers union, took a commanding lead in Tuesday's special election for the open Board District 5 seat.

Race, Charter Schools at Center of LAUSD Special Election

Almost 90 percent of the students in LAUSD District 5 are Latino. Both candidates in the runoff election — Heather Repenning and Jackie Goldberg — are white.

Voters to Pick New Board Member for LAUSD District 5

Former state Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg and Heather Repenning, a former aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti, will face off in the May 14 election.

LAUSD board special election candidate Q&A: Jackie Goldberg

On Tuesday, May 14, voters in northeast and southeast Los Angeles will elect a new representative to fill an open seat on the L.A. Unified School Board.

Pete Buttigieg endorses LAUSD parcel tax measure

The Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Ind. is working to shore up his support among black and Latino voters.

Why LAUSD'S parcel tax plan to fund schools is on shaky legal ground

A last-minute change to the text of Measure EE has now prompted a lawsuit that could jeopardize the district's plans to create a new source of funding to pay for the settlement that ended the strike.

Lawsuit challenges parcel tax measure on June 4 ballot

An anti-tax group says LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner overstepped his authority in ordering a significant change to the ballot language.