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

California students post gains on state tests, but big gaps remain

It's the second year that the public has seen results from the new exam, giving the first opportunity to chart progress over time.

LAUSD demands answers about charter school's finances

The "Notice of Violations" board members issued is the first step toward yanking the charter of El Camino Real Charter High School — but the process rarely gets that far.

CA Supreme Court won't hear Vergara teacher tenure case

The decision closes a turbulent chapter in the debate over several teacher job protections. But the plaintiffs vowed to renew that debate in the state legislature.

LAUSD eyes 2017 launch for school choice 'one-stop shop'

Supt. Michelle King wants L.A. Unified to create a single deadline and application for multiple school choice programs and begin rolling it out in 2017-18.

LAUSD superintendent vows to expand school choice

In an interview with KPCC, King said parents in some of the vast district's neighborhoods still have trouble accessing choice programs.

LAUSD set to open 'first all-girls school in 20 years'

Superintendent Michelle King has held up the new Girls Academic Leadership Academy as a poster-child for expanding school choice options in L.A. Unified.

LAUSD to roll out new tool for tracking English learners

The new system will give principals monthly progress reports. Supt. Michelle King said she wants every kindergarten-age English learner proficient by fifth grade.

LA Unified graduation rate climbs to 75 percent

The figure Supt. Michelle King announced Tuesday represents a three percentage-point jump from last year and a rise of more than 10 percentage points since 2011.

Pilot Fire grows to 10 square miles, evacuations ordered

A wildfire burning in the mountains between Lake Arrowhead and Silverwood Lake was about 6 percent contained late Monday.

At civil rights summer camp, past battles meet present fears

During a summer program modeled after Civil Rights-era "Freedom Schools," black and Latino kids discussed not only Selma and Little Rock, but Dallas and Baton Rouge.

1 in 5 charter schools 'illegally' screens applicants, report says

Despite mandate to serve all students, a new report says 253 of California's 1,200 charter schools have policies that restrict enrollment — perhaps illegally.

LAUSD soft-launches parent portal for attendance, grade data

LAUSD is giving its online portal a second try after a problematic launch two years ago. The portal will allow parents to see their children's grades and absences.

LA Unified magnet schools in demand, but slow to expand

LAUSD leaders have long called for the program's expansion, but wait lists remain long, and district officials reviewing bids for new magnets may be stretched thin.

Online charter school chain settles after long state inquiry

Virginia-based K12, Inc., will pay $8.5 million and its 14 California Virtual Academies agreed to a series of reforms in a deal with the state's Attorney General.

Yelp for school: How a charter network uses student reviews

The co-founders of an L.A. charter school network hold group interviews with each graduating high school senior. The feedback has occasionally prompted real changes.