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

Students raise thousands for teacher whose home burned in Woolsey Fire

When students in dance classes at Van Nuys High School learned that their teacher, Reesa Partida, had lost her home in the Woolsey Fire last week, they sprang into action. The students set up a page for Partida on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.

Student opponents of LAUSD’s random search policy disrupted fundraiser with superintendent

Every day, L.A. Unified middle- and high school staff select students at random to be searched for drugs and weapons.

LAUSD school, once a target for ‘parent trigger,’ posts huge gains on latest statewide tests

The results are in from the standardized tests students in California public schools took last spring — and overall, kids across the state scored a little better this year than they did in 2017.

On eve of mediation, LAUSD makes new offer to teachers

The contract dispute has United Teachers Los Angeles members ready for a possible strike, which could come as soon as this year if the two sides don't reach a deal.

LAUSD’s leader wants to ‘manage out’ bad teachers. But does the district know which teachers are bad?

Los Angeles Unified schools superintendent Austin Beutner has called for removing the district’s weakest teachers from the classroom.

Why does LAUSD’s superintendent want to talk about teacher quality right now?

Los Angeles Unified schools Superintendent Austin Beutner wants to talk about more than the contract negotiations with the district’s teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles.

Why LAUSD's 30,000 teachers might go on strike

Breaking down the broken-down contract talks.

LAUSD, UTLA trade formal complaints as union's strike vote continues

L.A. Unified school teachers are voting all this week whether to authorize a strike as a war of words between their union and the district escalates. The school district filed a formal complaint against United Teachers Los Angeles on Tuesday, accusing them of bargaining in bad faith.

Activists take case against random student searches directly to LAUSD superintendent

Civil rights groups are pressing the L.A. Unified School District to end its policy of randomly searching students with hand-held metal detectors. Those activists recently got a chance for a face-to-face meeting with top district officials.

Some LAUSD parents endure another back-to-school ritual: bus delays

More than 43,000 students depend on an L.A. Unified School District bus; most are riding miles across town to a magnet school far from home.

What it means when 99,000 LAUSD students have no representative on the school board

The seven members of the L.A. Unified School Board are ultimately responsible for the education of more than 601,000 children. No other elected school board in the country shoulders such a large burden.

Did meeting between LAUSD and teachers union leaders make a strike less likely? Depends on who you ask

At stake is whether the more than 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles stay on the job or ultimately decide to walk out of the nation's second largest school district.

The last first day of school for LAUSD senior

L.A. Unified School District students returned for another year of classes on Tuesday. It's the last "first day of school" in Carla Muñoz's K-12 career. Now, the high school senior at the Roybal Learning Complex, is "ready to work and pay my college tuition — I’m ready for everything.”

This doctor treats LAUSD’s new immigrant arrivals. She was once one of them

This summer's headlines were dominated by news of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The separation is likely to cause lasting trauma for these young immigrants.

LAUSD superintendent visits homes to highlight attendance initiative

A new school year begins in the L.A. Unified School District next week, and superintendent Austin Beutner wants to make sure more students show up for it. Beutner is pushing for increased attendance this year, and the district is putting more resources into their centralized efforts to combat absenteeism. On Wednesday, Beutner visited the homes of a few LAUSD families to promote the effort.