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

Deal means no 'parent trigger' at southeast LA school

LAUSD has struck a deal bringing in an outside school turnaround group to run 20th Street Elementary School, averting a protracted court battle.

LAUSD board approves $7.6B budget, some staff cuts

District officials stitched together a balanced budget with the help of funds left over from last year, extra state revenue and a relatively small number of layoffs.

LAUSD: Extending tax increase critical to long-term budget

"The bottom falls out" of L.A. Unified's budget if voters do not extend tax hikes benefiting schools and health care programs, warns the school board's president.

3 in 4 LAUSD seniors met new graduation requirements

The Class of 2016 is the first L.A. Unified has required to complete California's so-called "A-G" courses. Early figures show 74 percent of them passed.

LAUSD gets more time to convince state it helps needy kids

The state has stayed a ruling that would've prompted L.A. Unified to shift millions into specialized programs for foster youth, English Learners and low-income students.

UTLA, charter network both claim wins in teacher union case

A judge ruled LA's largest charter school chain was wrong to block teachers union reps from its campuses. But the judge rejected some of the union's arguments, too.

LAUSD, teachers union find harmony on teacher evaluations

In years past, evaluations caused bitter divisions between UTLA and the district. But the latest round of talks went off without a hitch. What's changed?

LAUSD shortchanging funding for high-needs students, state says

In siding with activists' complaints, the state has thrown a multi-million-dollar curveball into the late stages of L.A. Unified's budget process.

2 dead in UCLA murder-suicide, including professor

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said investigators had determined there was a homicide and suicide in an engineering building on the campus of UCLA Wednesday morning.

Taxpayers stuck with bill for LAUSD sex abuse settlements

L.A. Unified says its insurers "abandoned the school district" after a $200 million settlement in 2014. Who should pay for the most recent $88 million payout?

Did charter school battle union effort with public funds?

At state lawmakers' direction, the state auditor will examine whether the Alliance charter school network used public funds to dissuade its teachers from unionizing.

Vergara plaintiffs file appeal, back tenure overhaul bill

Plaintiffs in the Vergara v. California lawsuit formally asked the state Supreme Court take up their case. But they're also pursuing a legislative route to changes.

Fact check: How much do charter schools cost LAUSD?

The teachers union says charters cost L.A. Unified nearly $600 million. Charter school backers say the estimate is "riddled with inaccuracies." Who's right?

LAUSD chief wants more school choices, less central control

Superintendent Michelle King shared a list of priorities Wednesday — one of the clearest indications yet of how the she hopes to make her mark on L.A. Unified.

Union: Loss of students to charters costs LAUSD $500 mill.

Students choosing to enroll in charter schools instead of LAUSD schools cost the district $508.2 million in net revenues, according to a report commissioned by the teachers union.