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

Activists take case against random student searches directly to LAUSD superintendent

Civil rights groups are pressing the L.A. Unified School District to end its policy of randomly searching students with hand-held metal detectors. Those activists recently got a chance for a face-to-face meeting with top district officials.

Some LAUSD parents endure another back-to-school ritual: bus delays

More than 43,000 students depend on an L.A. Unified School District bus; most are riding miles across town to a magnet school far from home.

What it means when 99,000 LAUSD students have no representative on the school board

The seven members of the L.A. Unified School Board are ultimately responsible for the education of more than 601,000 children. No other elected school board in the country shoulders such a large burden.

Did meeting between LAUSD and teachers union leaders make a strike less likely? Depends on who you ask

At stake is whether the more than 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles stay on the job or ultimately decide to walk out of the nation's second largest school district.

The last first day of school for LAUSD senior

L.A. Unified School District students returned for another year of classes on Tuesday. It's the last "first day of school" in Carla Muñoz's K-12 career. Now, the high school senior at the Roybal Learning Complex, is "ready to work and pay my college tuition — I’m ready for everything.”

This doctor treats LAUSD’s new immigrant arrivals. She was once one of them

This summer's headlines were dominated by news of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The separation is likely to cause lasting trauma for these young immigrants.

LAUSD superintendent visits homes to highlight attendance initiative

A new school year begins in the L.A. Unified School District next week, and superintendent Austin Beutner wants to make sure more students show up for it. Beutner is pushing for increased attendance this year, and the district is putting more resources into their centralized efforts to combat absenteeism. On Wednesday, Beutner visited the homes of a few LAUSD families to promote the effort.

LAUSD teachers will decide this month if they want to strike

More than 30,000 L.A. Unified School District teachers will vote later this month whether to authorize their union to call a strike, possibly early next school year.

More than 30,000 LAUSD teachers will decide this month if they want to strike

If the rank-and-file approves, teachers union leaders would then be empowered to call the first strike the district has seen since 1989.

What happens to Ref Rodriguez’s now-vacant school board seat?

Ref Rodriguez resigned from the L.A. Unified School Board this week and pleaded guilty to criminal campaign finance charges. Now, the six remaining school board members have several options for how to fill Rodriguez's now-vacant board seat.

LA's schools are segregated. What can LAUSD do about it?

The research is clear: children of all races learn better in integrated schools. Yet in more than half of the public schools in L.A., the student body is at least 90 percent black or Latino. Segregation is a problem Austin Beutner inherits as the new superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District. But is there anything he can do to solve it? Or at least mitigate it?

LA's schools are segregated. LAUSD says there's only so much they can do

White parents still want to live near mostly-white schools and, in L.A., most Latino kids still live in overwhelmingly Latino neighborhoods.

LAUSD teachers take an official step toward a possible fall strike

United Teachers Los Angeles leaders said officially Monday that — after more than a year at the bargaining table — contract talks between Los Angeles Unified School District officials and the teachers union had reached an "impasse.

How did veteran LA teacher's classroom experiment work out?

Last August, teacher Lisa Alva launched an experiment, shaking up the high school English classes she taught. One year later, how did her experiment work out?

LAUSD board will not renew Inspector General's contract

LAUSD board members will not renew the contract of Ken Bramlett, the district’s current Inspector General — an internal watchdog with extraordinary oversight powers.