Kyle Stokes covers the issues facing kids and the policies impacting Washington's schools forKPLU.
Kyle joined KPLU after nearly three years covering education in Bloomington, Ind., where he helped launch a reporting collaboration between NPR and member station WFIU. His work for that project, called StateImpact Indiana, earned him a National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), along with recognitions from the Online News Association and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).
Kyle earned his degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. He worked in Columbia, Mo., as a producer for NPR member stationKBIAand a reporter for NBC affiliateKOMU. He graduated in 2011.
The Minneapolis native is hopelessly devoted to his Minnesota Twins — sorry, M's fans. Try your luck hooking him on the Sounders, though.
The Los Angeles Unified School District voted Thursday to require students 12 and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The board said the vote was about protecting students, not violating rights.
Los Angeles reached an agreement with teachers to reopen schools as soon as April 19. The plan involves all teachers being vaccinated first. It's unclear how many parents will send their kids back.
After nearly a week of marching for better pay and more say in how students are evaluated, Seattle teachers reached a tentative contract agreement with the school district Tuesday.
Some parents in Indianapolis, Ind., are taking school choice to an extreme. Bruised after the mayor closed the public charter school their kids attended, and disgruntled with existing school options, they started their own school. It has made it through the first year with 35 students, despite lacking both funding and a permanent home.
Republican Mike Pence just began his term as Indiana governor with a plan to cut the state income tax rate, joining Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Nebraska's Dave Heineman and other GOP governors in pushing for similar plans. But some Republican state legislators aren't convinced.