Kyle Stokes, Education Reporter

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Is your local school any good? What does "good" even mean?

As a K-12 education reporter, my mission is to help parents understand what defines quality education and which tools let them assess — and sometimes even choose — their own schools. In an education system where parent choice defines so much, I examine which students get advantages and which students get left behind.

This mission has been a big part of my career. Since graduating from the University of Missouri in 2011, I've covered education in three different states: first for StateImpact Indiana (WFIU/NPR); then in Seattle for KPLU Public Radio (now KNKX); and for this newsroom since February 2016. Along the way, I've covered two major teachers strikes and produced a documentary about the turnaround of a Seattle high school.

As a native Minnesotan, I have vowed to find L.A.'s best tater tot hotdish.

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