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Kyle Stokes

Kyle Stokes joined WFIU/WTIU in 2011 as an education reporter and blogger for StateImpact Indiana, a collaborative reporting venture between WFIU and NPR News. He comes to Bloomington from Columbia, Mo., where he was a producer and reporter for NPR member station KBIA-FM and NBC affiliate KOMU-TV. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn., Stokes is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and an even prouder Minnesota Twins fan.

Recent Posts by Kyle Stokes

December 18, 2013


State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, right, and board member Brad Oliver take their seats before the October meeting.

State Board of Education Set For Pivotal Meeting Friday

Allies of state superintendent Glenda Ritz and State Board of Education members are digging in for what seems likely to be a contentious meeting.

December 13, 2013


A crowd of Rex fans watches the team at bat.

Baseball Team Finds Buyers, The Rex Will Stay In Terre Haute

ISU Foundation officials had said they couldn't field the collegiate league baseball team in 2014 — but they found buyers intent to keep the team in town.

December 13, 2013


bosma and pence sign bill

Leaders Weigh School Budgets With State’s Business Climate

Gov. Mike Pence and top Republicans have aligned behind a proposal from the state’s business community to phase out a property tax on business equipment.

December 12, 2013


Former State Superintendent Tony Bennett resigned from his post in Florida over allegations of wrongdoing in Indiana.

Former State Superintendent Tony Bennett Has A New Job

Tony Bennett, who resigned as Florida's schools chief over allegations of wrongdoing in Indiana, is working for ACT Inc. on a new Common Core test.

December 11, 2013


Carrie Hillyard, who leads the turnaround team Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation leaders created to assist five struggling district schools, speaks to State Board of Education members at a public hearing on the future of Glenwood Leadership Academy.

Evansville School Asks For Time To Let Local Turnaround Work

Low test scores at Glenwood Leadership Academy have put the elementary school on the state's radar for possible intervention or takeover.

December 10, 2013


State board member Brad Oliver, left, shakes hands with Gov. Mike Pence as he makes his way toward the podium to deliver a speech at Indiana's first state capitol in Corydon.

Gov. Pence Proposes Pre-K Program For Low-Income Children

Governor Mike Pence wants Indiana lawmakers to create a state-run preschool program targeted at low-income children, not a pre-K program for all children.

December 6, 2013


State superintendent Glenda Ritz speaks to State Board of Education member Brad Oliver after returning from a recess during which her staff and representatives of the Center for Education and Career Innovation hashed out a motion for the panel to approve a conceptual framework for a new A-F grading system.

Attorney General Says Motion That Caused Ritz Walkout Was OK

Superintendent Glenda Ritz shut down the Nov. 13 State Board meeting over what she called an improper motion. But the Attorney General says the motion is OK.

December 5, 2013


An aerial photo of Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.

Student With BB Gun Prompts IU Southeast Campus Lockdown

Indiana University's regional campus in New Albany, IU Southeast, went into lockdown Thursday afternoon after someone saw an "armed person" on campus.

December 5, 2013


Glenwood Leadership Academy fourth grade teacher Amber Santana leads her students in multiplication drills while pacing across her their desktops. Santana is in her second year at the school.

School Turnaround Efforts Already In Full Swing At Glenwood

With some of Indiana's worst test scores, Evansville's Glenwood Leadership Academy is all but assured its sixth straight F — and possible state intervention.

December 4, 2013


State Board meeting

Fresh Open Door Lawsuit Filed Against Education Panel

Four private citizens make the same allegation state schools chief Glenda Ritz did in October: that the State Board of Education violated open meetings laws.

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