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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

February 14, 2014



Point-Counterpoint On Indiana’s Business Equipment Tax Cut

StateImpact speaks to two state tax policy experts about a proposed cut to Indiana's business personal property tax — one who supports it, one who opposes it.

February 12, 2014


Bloomington High School South teacher Matt Hoagland says he hasn't seen enrollment spikes in his A.P. European History classes but says the number of students earning low scores on the nationally-administered year-end exams has increased.

How Indiana’s AP Test Scores Stack Up With Its Neighbors

Smaller proportions of Indiana students are earning good enough scores college credit than in neighboring Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan or Ohio.

February 11, 2014


Cannelton City Schools was in 'complete disarray' when Al Sibbitt took over two years ago. The 72-year-old part-time superintendent has had to implement steep cuts to keep the district going, but revenues are still drying up.

Tiny District Wonders How Indiana Will Replace Business Tax

Cannelton has lost more than half of its local tax revenues to the state's property tax caps. Proportionally speaking, only three districts have lost more.

February 10, 2014


The sample gates on IU's campus frame a vew of Kirkwood as snow flakes fall.

What The Research Says About Making Up Snow Days In Minutes

The State Board of Education is considering allowing schools to adjust their calendars make up snow days hour-by-hour, rather than day-by-day.

February 7, 2014


This map shows how much of each Indiana school corporation’s local tax levy was lost to the state’s property tax caps in 2013. Note: Indiana’s Department of Local Government Finance does not have property tax cap data for LaPorte County, accounting for the gap in the map there.

Map: How Much Money Your School Lost To Indiana’s Tax Caps

Property owners kept a total of $245 million in tax dollars they would've otherwise paid to school districts if not for Indiana's property tax caps.

February 6, 2014


school delay

Schools Get More Time For ISTEP+ Exams After Rough Winter

Schools will have another seven days to give students the state's high-stakes exam because of all the delays and closings this school year.

February 5, 2014


Draper, Inc., in Spiceland is the largest private employer in Henry County, manufacturing various equipment for schools.

What’s At Stake For Businesses In Equipment Tax Debate

"I don’t want us to be regarded as 'the branch plant state,'" says the Henry County Council president – who also works for the county's largest manufacturer.

February 4, 2014


StateImpact Indiana's Kyle Stokes explains how the property tax caps impact school corporations' bottom lines.

Video: How Property Tax Caps Impact Indiana Schools’ Budgets

The caps saved Indiana property owners a total of $704 million on their tax bills last year. But some local governments really miss those revenues.

February 3, 2014


A rally supporter holds up stop common core sign at the Indiana Statehouse.

Seeking To Quell Opponents, States Rebrand The Common Core

As other states re-name their Core-aligned guidelines, Indiana's Common Core opponents hope lawmakers will address their concerns with the standards.

January 30, 2014


This map shows how much each Indiana school district would lose if lawmakers were to eliminate the personal property tax — a tax on business equipment.

Map: What Business Tax Debate Could Mean For Indiana Schools

Indiana school districts would lose an additional $150 million in local revenues if the state completely eliminated the business personal property tax.

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