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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

Teachers And District At Stalemate In National City Over ...

Teachers And District At Stalemate In National City Over Millions In Untapped Funds

Feb. 16
By Megan Burks

Nearly 60 percent of National City teachers surveyed said they don’t have the materials they need to implement Common Core standards.

Program That Brought College Classes To Donovan Inmates H...

Program That Brought College Classes To Donovan Inmates Has Friend In Betsy DeVos

Feb. 12
By Megan Burks

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shocked many last week when she told reporters she supports the Second Chance Pell Grant program.

What All Parents Can Learn From This Mom's Fight For Tran...

What All Parents Can Learn From This Mom's Fight For Transitional Kindergarten In Del Mar

Feb. 9
By Megan Burks

A small group of California school districts, including three in San Diego County, have stopped offering transitional kindergarten. We follow one parent’s struggle to find out why.

Cajon Valley, Poway, San Dieguito To Do Away With At-Larg...

Cajon Valley, Poway, San Dieguito To Do Away With At-Large School Board Elections

Feb. 5
By Megan Burks

One by one, San Diego County school districts are changing how they elect board members, to avoid being sued under the California Voting Rights Act.

San Diego’s New Police Chief: How We Got Here

San Diego’s New Police Chief: How We Got Here

Feb. 1
By Megan Burks

The department's "new era of excellence" comes after one in which the department grappled with concerns over officer misconduct, racial profiling and the recruitment process itself.

San Diego State University Selects First Woman To Serve A...

San Diego State University Selects First Woman To Serve As President

Jan. 31
By City News Service, Megan Burks

Adela de la Torre, a nationally known voice on Latino and Chicano health issues, was named Wednesday as the next president — and first woman to permanently lead San Diego State University in its 121-year history.

How Sex Education Is Evolving In The #MeToo Era

How Sex Education Is Evolving In The #MeToo Era

Jan. 29
By Megan Burks

The #MeToo movement has forced Americans to reckon not only with the pervasiveness of sexual misconduct, but also hazy communication about sex. Will the next generation fare better?

La Mesa Police Officer Shown Body Slamming Teenage Girl I...

La Mesa Police Officer Shown Body Slamming Teenage Girl In Facebook Video Is Reassigned

Jan. 22
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler, Megan Burks

Dozens of students and community members protested Monday after a La Mesa police officer was shown roughly slamming a teenage girl to the ground in a video posted to Facebook this weekend.

San Diego Unified Calls For Parent Input As It Kicks Off ...

San Diego Unified Calls For Parent Input As It Kicks Off Budget Season

Jan. 17
By Megan Burks

The district could have to cut close to $54 million. That comes on the heels of $124 million in budget cuts this year.

Federal Audit: California Miscalculated Its Graduation Rate

Federal Audit: California Miscalculated Its Graduation Rate

Jan. 17
By Megan Burks

Auditors say California improperly removed thousands of students from its calculation, boosting its graduation rate for the 2013-14 school year.

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