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Megan Burks

Education Reporter

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Megan Burks is the education reporter at KPBS. She reports on teaching and learning from infancy into adulthood, the achievement gap, and school governance.

Before tackling the education beat, Megan helped launch Speak City Heights, a media collaborative covering community health in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. As Speak City Heights reporter for KPBS and Voice of San Diego, Megan's work pushed reform in the San Diego Police Department and taxi industry. She was awarded the San Diego County Taxpayers Association's 2015 Media Watchdog Award for her look at dangerous housing conditions for low-income tenants. Megan has also been recognized by the San Diego Human Relations Commission and Society of Professional Journalists San Diego Pro Chapter for bringing underrepresented voices to radio and television.

Megan was born and raised in El Cajon, and graduated from San Diego State University, where she studied journalism and sociology. Her thesis looked at the media’s effects on attitudes toward immigrants. She interned with San Diego CityBeat and KPBS’ Envision San Diego.

Recent Stories

Southeastern San Diego School Board Candidates Make Their Case To Voters Citywide

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Last school year it was all eyes on Marne Foster. Now, two candidates are competing to replace her in District E and put the focus back on students.

Posters Critical Of BDS Movement Found Again At San Diego State

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President Elliot Hirshman, who faced criticism for his handling of similar posters in April, denounced them as "intentionally inflammatory."

Some Worry Toussaint Closure Will Send Homeless Teens Back To Instability

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For nearly 25 years, the Toussaint Academy downtown has given homeless teens in San Diego a place to call home. It will soon close and reopen as apartments for homeless adults.

Decade-Old Law Could Protect San Diego Tenants — Or Not

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Fixing bad housing often means displacing tenants. There's an ordinance on the books that could protect such renters — if the legal community can decide what it means.

Former Tenants Of Derelict Landlord Tossed Into Punishing Rental Market

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In 2015, KPBS and Voice of San Diego uncovered stacks of complaints about gas leaks, sewage backups and other housing problems linked to one San Diego County landlord. Nearly two years later, we checked in with his former tenants and found a new story — about San Diego's housing crisis.

Celebrating 70 Years Of 'Awkward Showers And Fun Hikes' At Sixth-Grade Camp

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Millions of San Diegans have eaten in the mess hall at the county's sixth-grade camp. This week, birthday cake is on the menu. To celebrate, we've collected some of your sixth-grade camp memories.

Here Are Some Of San Diego Teachers' Favorite Apps

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In a recent survey, 90 percent of educators said they expect half of their classroom materials to be online by 2019. Here's a look at some of the apps they're using to do that.

Green, Libertarian Parties See Gains In San Diego Voters

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Voter registration in San Diego County slowed to a crawl after the June primary — except for the Green and Libertarian parties.

San Diego-Based Bridgepoint Agrees To Refund Student Loan Payments

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Bridgepoint Education, the parent company of Ashford University, will pay $23.5 million to settle allegations that it used deceptive practices to get students to take out in-house student loans.

San Diego Assemblywoman Says New School Grading System Needs Work

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Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to weigh in this week on a bill by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber that seeks to use the new school grading system to narrow the achievement gap.

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