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

LAUSD's powerful watchdog office has been closing far fewer investigations. Why?

Last year, the OIG reported 95 cases "still in progress" up from just 15 in 2013.

LAUSD Board to Submit Cost-Cutting Plan to County Regulators

Board members will vote Tuesday on a cost-cutting plan requested by county regulators who have warned that the district’s finances are precarious.

Why the former No. 1 & 2 officials both left LAUSD's powerful Inspector General's office last year

The Office of the Inspector General at the Los Angeles Unified School District is the type of government agency that any taxpayer — not just those with kids in school — would want working well.

Lewd photos, harassment and retaliation allegations: Inside the meltdown at LAUSD's powerful watchdog agency

A KPCC/LAist investigation reveals new details about the turmoil that roiled the department over the last year.

Heather Repenning Claims Runoff Spot in LAUSD Election

Repenning said she "looks forward to a spirited campaign in the coming weeks" against first-place finisher Jackie Goldberg for the District 5 seat.

After being snubbed, Jackie Goldberg poised to advance to runoff in LAUSD election

The nail-biter is for second place: Huntington Park City Councilwoman Graciela Ortiz is only about 53 votes ahead of former public works board member Heather Repenning.

LAUSD special election 2019: Here’s what to expect

And you thought you were done with consequential elections until 2020.

LAUSD school board candidates campaign in the wake of teachers strike

It’s been a month since L.A. Unified school teachers and their union reached an agreement ending their six-day strike.

LAUSD Board asks state to temporarily halt new charter schools from opening

Board member Richard Vladovic, the resolution's sponsor, framed it as a time to "step back, after 27 years of an experiment, to see if it worked."

How L.A.'s mayor and a 'leap of faith' helped end the LAUSD teachers strike

On the day Los Angeles Unified School District teachers went on strike, Mayor Eric Garcetti suggested resolving the dispute might require a small "leap of faith" by school district officials.

The LAUSD teachers strike is over. Here's what's in the deal

Even after the members weigh in, the deal will need to clear several hurdles. L.A. Unified School Board members will need to approve the proposed contract.

LAUSD, UTLA negotiators have reached a tentative contract agreement

Mayor Eric Garcetti, UTLA president Alex Caputo-Pearl and LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner announced the deal at a joint press conference at L.A. City Hall.

Class size reduction motivates striking teachers, but is it worth the high cost?

Los Angeles teachers union members have made a class-size reduction central to their demands during their strike against the L.A. Unified School District.

With striking teachers outside, skeleton crews try to keep schools running

Los Angeles Unified School District teachers walked off the job today for their first strike in 30 years.  While they marched and walked picket lines outside, skeleton crews of administrators and aides inside kept schools running as best they could.

LAUSD teachers strike for higher pay, more staff, smaller class sizes

Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District initiated a strike early Monday morning, a work stoppage that affects roughly 480,000 public school students and their parents.