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

LAUSD, UTLA negotiators have reached a tentative contract agreement

Mayor Eric Garcetti, UTLA president Alex Caputo-Pearl and LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner announced the deal at a joint press conference at L.A. City Hall.

Class size reduction motivates striking teachers, but is it worth the high cost?

Los Angeles teachers union members have made a class-size reduction central to their demands during their strike against the L.A. Unified School District.

With striking teachers outside, skeleton crews try to keep schools running

Los Angeles Unified School District teachers walked off the job today for their first strike in 30 years.  While they marched and walked picket lines outside, skeleton crews of administrators and aides inside kept schools running as best they could.

LAUSD teachers strike for higher pay, more staff, smaller class sizes

Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District initiated a strike early Monday morning, a work stoppage that affects roughly 480,000 public school students and their parents.

The first LAUSD teacher’s strike in 30 years could take place this Thursday. Here’s what to expect

United Teachers Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District leaders are set to meet Monday for their first face-to-face negotiation session since at least early December.

LAUSD tries to block special education teachers from striking

The move comes one week before the Jan. 10 strike deadline recently set by UTLA union leadership.

Charter school advocates spent tons on money on this election — and still lost their biggest races

In total, charter school advocates made $62 million in independent expenditures on this year's elections, according to a KPCC/LAist analysis of campaign finance data.

Students raise thousands for teacher whose home burned in Woolsey Fire

When students in dance classes at Van Nuys High School learned that their teacher, Reesa Partida, had lost her home in the Woolsey Fire last week, they sprang into action. The students set up a page for Partida on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.

Student opponents of LAUSD’s random search policy disrupted fundraiser with superintendent

Every day, L.A. Unified middle- and high school staff select students at random to be searched for drugs and weapons.

LAUSD school, once a target for ‘parent trigger,’ posts huge gains on latest statewide tests

The results are in from the standardized tests students in California public schools took last spring — and overall, kids across the state scored a little better this year than they did in 2017.

On eve of mediation, LAUSD makes new offer to teachers

The contract dispute has United Teachers Los Angeles members ready for a possible strike, which could come as soon as this year if the two sides don't reach a deal.

LAUSD’s leader wants to ‘manage out’ bad teachers. But does the district know which teachers are bad?

Los Angeles Unified schools superintendent Austin Beutner has called for removing the district’s weakest teachers from the classroom.

Why does LAUSD’s superintendent want to talk about teacher quality right now?

Los Angeles Unified schools Superintendent Austin Beutner wants to talk about more than the contract negotiations with the district’s teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles.

Why LAUSD's 30,000 teachers might go on strike

Breaking down the broken-down contract talks.

LAUSD, UTLA trade formal complaints as union's strike vote continues

L.A. Unified school teachers are voting all this week whether to authorize a strike as a war of words between their union and the district escalates. The school district filed a formal complaint against United Teachers Los Angeles on Tuesday, accusing them of bargaining in bad faith.