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

End Of An Era For Charter Schools? Bills Call For Temporary Charter Halt Make Way Through State Legislature

A package of major changes to California's charter school laws is advancing through the state legislature — changes that are making pro-charter advocates very, very nervous.

LAUSD Superintendent's Big Plan To Improve Schools Pins Its Hope On Principals

The education of about a half-million children in the L.A. Unified School District relies on a huge bureaucracy. Since coming on board as LAUSD's superintendent last year, Austin Beutner has been looking for ways to re-imagine that bureaucracy.

LAUSD Superintendent Wants to Ease Burdens on Principals

Austin Beutner says he'll pare down paperwork requirements and other administrative tasks to allow principals to spend more time with parents and colleagues.

Newly Elected LAUSD Board Member Huddles with Superintendent

After special election victory, Jackie Goldberg, who had been sharply critical of LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner, says she now hopes to work with him.

She's Back: Jackie Goldberg Reclaims Seat On LAUSD Board

The 74-year-old veteran of Los Angeles politics, whose campaign for an open L.A. Unified School Board seat became a rallying point for the district's energized teachers union, took a commanding lead in Tuesday's special election for the open Board District 5 seat.

Race, Charter Schools at Center of LAUSD Special Election

Almost 90 percent of the students in LAUSD District 5 are Latino. Both candidates in the runoff election — Heather Repenning and Jackie Goldberg — are white.

Voters to Pick New Board Member for LAUSD District 5

Former state Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg and Heather Repenning, a former aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti, will face off in the May 14 election.

LAUSD board special election candidate Q&A: Jackie Goldberg

On Tuesday, May 14, voters in northeast and southeast Los Angeles will elect a new representative to fill an open seat on the L.A. Unified School Board.

Pete Buttigieg endorses LAUSD parcel tax measure

The Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Ind. is working to shore up his support among black and Latino voters.

Why LAUSD'S parcel tax plan to fund schools is on shaky legal ground

A last-minute change to the text of Measure EE has now prompted a lawsuit that could jeopardize the district's plans to create a new source of funding to pay for the settlement that ended the strike.

Lawsuit challenges parcel tax measure on June 4 ballot

An anti-tax group says LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner overstepped his authority in ordering a significant change to the ballot language.

South L.A. school loses charter, shuts a month early

Summit Preparatory Charter School has taken the unusual step of closing its doors a month early after the L.A. Unified School Board voted not to renew its charter.

LAUSD board proposes parcel tax oversight panel

Board members unveiled a plan for an independent panel that would oversee how LAUSD spends revenue from Measure EE, if it gets the two-thirds vote it needs to pass.

LAUSD superintendent isn’t planning a major reorganization

Austin Beutner tells KPCC that school district leaders are not moving forward with a sweeping internal reorganization suggested by consultants.

County Says LAUSD Budget Needs More Cuts — or More Revenue

Budget reserves required by state law are falling short. LAUSD has until July 1 to come up with a solution.