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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

Southcrest School Offers No-Cost Blood Tests After Lead Scare

Southcrest School Offers No-Cost Blood Tests After Lead Scare

April 21
By Megan Burks

About a dozen San Diego Cooperative Charter School students have already been to their private doctors for tests and told the school they do not have lead in their blood.

San Diego State's Aztec Mascot Will Stay — For Now

San Diego State's Aztec Mascot Will Stay — For Now

April 20
By Megan Burks

San Diego State's student government has voted down a resolution that would have phased out the Aztec mascot and moniker. But the school's University Senate will take up the matter again in the fall.

What Learning Looks Like: The Art And Science Of Classroom Transitions

What Learning Looks Like: The Art And Science Of Classroom Transitions

April 20
By Megan Burks

When young children do not follow demands, it is not because they are ignoring you or choosing to misbehave. It is because they lack something called "cognitive flexibility."

Elevated Lead Levels Not Detected In Latest Round Of San Diego Unif...

Elevated Lead Levels Not Detected In Latest Round Of San Diego Unified Testing

April 14
By Megan Burks

All of the 15 schools tested this month do not have elevated levels of lead in their drinking water.

Parents Worry About San Diego Unified Plan To Uproot Dozens Of Spec...

Parents Worry About San Diego Unified Plan To Uproot Dozens Of Special Ed Classes

April 14
By Megan Burks

San Diego Unified is planning to close dozens of special education classrooms and consolidate them across fewer campuses.

SDSU Program Helps Freshmen Learn Like College Students, Not Cram L...

SDSU Program Helps Freshmen Learn Like College Students, Not Cram Like Them

April 12
By Megan Burks

San Diego State University is expanding a program that has helped more college freshmen get through their first lecture-style classes in one try.

Lead Not The Only Chemical Found In The Water At Southcrest School

Lead Not The Only Chemical Found In The Water At Southcrest School

April 5
By Megan Burks

Old PVC pipes were leaching vinyl chloride into the water at Emerson-Bandini Elementary School. Lead tests being performed across all campuses in the district will not detect the chemical.

San Diego Educators Seek More Funding For Adult Ed Classes As Deman...

San Diego Educators Seek More Funding For Adult Ed Classes As Demand Increases

April 6
By Megan Burks

Administrators at local adult schools say they are seeing greater demand for English-language courses and classes that help immigrants prepare for the citizenship exam. But the demand comes after eight years of flat funding from the state.

Climate Change, Invasive Beetles — This Isn't The Sixth-Grade Camp ...

Climate Change, Invasive Beetles — This Isn't The Sixth-Grade Camp Of Yesteryear

April 4
By Katie Schoolov, Megan Burks

The U.S. Forest Service estimates California has lost more than 100 million trees to drought, fire and invasive beetles. In our own backyard, large oaks that shaded generations of San Diegans at sixth-grade camp are now stumps, calling on today's campers to reverse the damage.

San Diego Unified Offers Resources To Help Parents Pick Up Where Te...

San Diego Unified Offers Resources To Help Parents Pick Up Where Teachers Leave Off

March 29
By Megan Burks

Parents are often told to read with their kids, but many parents may not know the best way to do it.

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