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

Ventura County officials: Thomas Fire alert system worked as intended

Some Ojai residents say they didn't get evacuation alerts during the Thomas Fire. But county officials say the system works fine.

LAUSD-union deal takes small step to cut huge health costs

As part of a tentative deal with its eight employee unions, L.A. Unified will freeze the amount it pays each year for healthcare at $1 billion for three years.

California makes 2nd attempt to meet federal education law

A state panel voted to send a new draft plan to the U.S. Department of Education — but with few of the substantive changes the feds seem to have called for.

The LAUSD students who need bilingual education most aren't signing up

Of L.A. Unified's 150,000 English learners, only 6 percent have enrolled in a dual language program so far — despite evidence of huge potential benefits.

SoCal storm triggers mudslides, killing at least 15 and destroying homes

There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. In Burbank, the storm overflowed a storm basin Tuesday afternoon, sending mud flowing through.

With King’s departure, more turnover at the top of LAUSD

Michelle King's decision to step aside was the fifth time since 2006 that the role of L.A. Unified School District superintendent has changed hands.

We talk the future of LAUSD, after Superintendent Michelle King’s announces departure

Michelle King, who has been on medical leave from her job as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District since mid-September, announced Friday she will not return to the office.

Battling cancer, LAUSD superintendent to step down

Michelle King, the L.A. Unified School District school district has been on medical leave since mid-September. She announced Friday she won't return.

Thomas Fire locals started donating to this Ojai store. They haven't stopped

Neighbors didn't wait for government aid to start arriving in Upper Ojai. Their ad-hoc relief operation in a corner store parking lot is now a community hub.

Oil seeps ignited by Thomas Fire still quietly burning

The Thomas Fire ignited naturally-occurring oil seepages. They're still burning — and though they don't pose high risk, they're tricky to put out.

LAUSD ramps up inquiry at Rodriguez's former charter school

L.A. Unified alleges a pattern of "neglecting to provide comprehensive responses and accurate information" about Rodriguez's alleged financial misdeeds. The charter says it's done nothing wrong.

Thomas Fire grows to 143,000 acres; some evacuation orders lifted

On Friday afternoon, officials identified the only known victim of the Thomas Fire, 70 year-old Virginia Pesola.

Frustrated with official sources, Ojai residents crowdsource Thomas Fire updates

Some Ojai residents, ex-residents and evacuees say they've been frustrated with what they feel are infrequent or incomplete updates about the spreading Thomas Fire — both from local news outlets and from fire officials.

80,000 LAUSD students missed a ton of school last year

Missing the amount of school these LAUSD students missed not only puts their education at risk — it also costs the district money, a task force has concluded.

California's most racially isolated schools, in one map

A recent analysis shined fresh light on where to find racially homogenous schools in California — so KPCC put the state's data on a map.