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

How Austin Beutner plans to help LAUSD's struggling schools

But the most intractable challenge L.A. Unified faces are not financial; at their heart, they're academic. How does Beutner think he can reverse them?

30,000 LAUSD workers cut deal, cancel May 15 strike

Los Angeles Unified School District bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, classroom aides and other non-teaching employees called off a one-day strike planned for May 15 after leaders of their union reached a tentative contract agreement with district officials late Tuesday.

LAUSD approves tear-down, rebuild of Roosevelt High campus

Los Angeles' historic Roosevelt High School will get a long-overdue rebuild of its aging campus. But the campus' most historic buildings will be torn down.

30,000 LAUSD employees plan one-day strike this month

If you're one of the 41,000 students who relies on a Los Angeles Unified School District bus to get to class, start making a backup plan to get to school next week — and even if you're not, plan to pack a lunch.

What LAUSD's new leader said in his first public appearance

L.A. Unified School District's next superintendent, Austin Beutner, acknowledged he was an "unconventional choice."

Here's how Austin Beutner thinks about LAUSD

Austin Beutner is a former banker with no history working as an educator. But the newly appointed superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District he does have a history with the school system.

Philanthropist Austin Beutner reportedly holds the lead in LAUSD’s race for a superintendent

Austin Beutner – a former investment banker who, having already made his millions, has immersed himself in the civic life of Los Angeles in recent years – will be the next superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District, sources with knowledge of the search process tell KPCC.

LAUSD board names Austin Beutner as next superintendent

Austin Beutner — a former investment banker who, having already made his millions, has immersed himself in the civic life of Los Angeles in recent years — will be the next superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District.

How LAUSD is pushing its students to English proficiency

Students still learning English in the L.A. Unified School District are becoming proficient in their new language at record levels. Statewide, the numbers are also up.

LAUSD superintendent search: The latest and why it matters

The Los Angeles Unified School Board is in the final stages of selecting a new superintendent. Here's what you need to know about the search.

Ref Rodriguez filed two finance forms for 2014. They don't line up

L.A. Unified School Board member Ref Rodriguez faces a long list of troubles. And it’s not just the criminal charges connected to his 2015 election campaign. New documents raise questions about whether red flags in Rodriguez’s alleged actions should have been caught.

LA Times is leaving downtown Los Angeles for El Segundo. Will it be forever?

Incoming owner Patrick Soon-Shiang told the staff the move came after they failed to reach a deal with the Canadian developer that owns the historic Times-Mirror Square complex.

LAUSD will base some school spending on neighborhood shootings, asthma rates

L.A. Unified officials will use nearly a dozen new factors to rank schools by their level of student need. Among the new metrics: grad rates, test scores, how many fights a school sees and even how well incoming students fared academically in their old schools.

LAUSD board to play more direct role in setting rules for charter schools

Decision-making over which L.A. Unified school district rules charter schools have to follow is shifting from district staff to members of the board – and charter leaders are thrilled.

Your questions about the SoCal storm, answered

"Is the hillside behind my home safe? How full is Cachuma Reservoir? How do I know how much rain my area has received?" Here's what we've found out about questions you asked.