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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 by Megan Burks

Could Chocolate Milk Sour Chula Vista’s Progress On Childhood Obesity?

Could Chocolate Milk Sour Chula Vista’s Progress On Childhood Obesity?

Aug. 17
By Megan Burks

It’s back to school for many San Diego County students this month. In Chula Vista, it’s also back to school for chocolate milk. The Chula Vista Elementary School District has lifted a 5-year-old ban on the beverage.

San Diego County School Districts Under The Wire To Draft Suicide P...

San Diego County School Districts Under The Wire To Draft Suicide Prevention Policies

Aug. 9
By Megan Burks

So far, 11 out of the 42 districts in San Diego County have attended workshops to draft their policies.

More Immunizations — And Maybe More Online Schooling — Under New Va...

More Immunizations — And Maybe More Online Schooling — Under New Vaccine Rule

Aug. 7
By Megan Burks

The latest numbers show more students are getting immunized, but a small number may have found alternatives.

One Less Hurdle For California Transfer Students Beginning In 2018

One Less Hurdle For California Transfer Students Beginning In 2018

Aug. 3
By Megan Burks

The California State University system is eliminating a math requirement that, for many, has made transferring to a four-year university a pipe dream.

Carlsbad Students Get Lesson In Media Literacy On Trip To Greece

Carlsbad Students Get Lesson In Media Literacy On Trip To Greece

July 31
By Megan Burks

Fifteen students from the Pacific Ridge School traveled to Greece in May to get to the truth of the migrant crisis there.

Comic-Con For Educators: Comics To The Rescue (Of English Learners ...

Comic-Con For Educators: Comics To The Rescue (Of English Learners And History Students)

July 21
By Megan Burks

The San Diego Central Library this year continues its tradition of melding Comic-Con and education. This weekend it will host teachers from Helix Charter High School who use comics to teach everything from algebra to French history.

Comic-Con For Educators: 'Its OK To Be Odd' And Other Lessons For C...

Comic-Con For Educators: 'Its OK To Be Odd' And Other Lessons For College

July 20
By Megan Burks

There is an unexpected thread running through several of the panels at Comic-Con this year: mental health. We talk with two panelists focusing on student well-being.

Taking A Cue From K-12, National University Launches Precision Inst...

Taking A Cue From K-12, National University Launches Precision Institute

July 20
By Megan Burks

National University announced a $20 million initiative Wednesday aimed at taking personalized learning from K-12 classrooms to the lecture hall.

Comic-Con For Educators: Ramona High Eases Into ‘The Odyssey’ With ...

Comic-Con For Educators: Ramona High Eases Into ‘The Odyssey’ With Graphic Novel

July 18
By Megan Burks

This week, downtown San Diego will be filled with fantastical creatures, comic book villains — and everyday superheroes. Teachers come to Comic-Con each year to present on using pop culture in the classroom. This year, they include educators from Ramona High School.

Judge Sides With College Board; Scripps Ranch Grads Will Have To Ta...

Judge Sides With College Board; Scripps Ranch Grads Will Have To Take Retests

July 14
By Megan Burks

A judge will not grant a temporary restraining order on the College Board’s decision to invalidate hundreds of Scripps Ranch High School Advanced Placement tests.

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