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

South L.A. school loses charter, shuts a month early

Summit Preparatory Charter School has taken the unusual step of closing its doors a month early after the L.A. Unified School Board voted not to renew its charter.

LAUSD board proposes parcel tax oversight panel

Board members unveiled a plan for an independent panel that would oversee how LAUSD spends revenue from Measure EE, if it gets the two-thirds vote it needs to pass.

LAUSD superintendent isn’t planning a major reorganization

Austin Beutner tells KPCC that school district leaders are not moving forward with a sweeping internal reorganization suggested by consultants.

County Says LAUSD Budget Needs More Cuts — or More Revenue

Budget reserves required by state law are falling short. LAUSD has until July 1 to come up with a solution.

LAUSD's powerful watchdog office has been closing far fewer investigations. Why?

Last year, the OIG reported 95 cases "still in progress" up from just 15 in 2013.

LAUSD Board to Submit Cost-Cutting Plan to County Regulators

Board members will vote Tuesday on a cost-cutting plan requested by county regulators who have warned that the district’s finances are precarious.

Why the former No. 1 & 2 officials both left LAUSD's powerful Inspector General's office last year

The Office of the Inspector General at the Los Angeles Unified School District is the type of government agency that any taxpayer — not just those with kids in school — would want working well.

Lewd photos, harassment and retaliation allegations: Inside the meltdown at LAUSD's powerful watchdog agency

A KPCC/LAist investigation reveals new details about the turmoil that roiled the department over the last year.

Heather Repenning Claims Runoff Spot in LAUSD Election

Repenning said she "looks forward to a spirited campaign in the coming weeks" against first-place finisher Jackie Goldberg for the District 5 seat.

After being snubbed, Jackie Goldberg poised to advance to runoff in LAUSD election

The nail-biter is for second place: Huntington Park City Councilwoman Graciela Ortiz is only about 53 votes ahead of former public works board member Heather Repenning.

LAUSD special election 2019: Here’s what to expect

And you thought you were done with consequential elections until 2020.

LAUSD school board candidates campaign in the wake of teachers strike

It’s been a month since L.A. Unified school teachers and their union reached an agreement ending their six-day strike.

LAUSD Board asks state to temporarily halt new charter schools from opening

Board member Richard Vladovic, the resolution's sponsor, framed it as a time to "step back, after 27 years of an experiment, to see if it worked."

How L.A.'s mayor and a 'leap of faith' helped end the LAUSD teachers strike

On the day Los Angeles Unified School District teachers went on strike, Mayor Eric Garcetti suggested resolving the dispute might require a small "leap of faith" by school district officials.

The LAUSD teachers strike is over. Here's what's in the deal

Even after the members weigh in, the deal will need to clear several hurdles. L.A. Unified School Board members will need to approve the proposed contract.