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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

More Than 30,000 San Diegans March For Women's Rights

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Downtown San Diego was a sea of pink as thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego for the Women's March Saturday morning.

San Diego Charter Schools Lead The Pack In Special Ed Program Integration

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One longstanding fear about charter schools is that they might find ways to exclude kids with special needs to keep their scores competitive. But special education in California charters is actually growing, and a San Diego program hints at one reason why.

DA Clears Law Enforcement In Five Shootings, Including El Cajon Officer Who Killed Olango

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The San Diego County District Attorney announced Tuesday police officers were justified in five separate fatal shootings, including the September 2016 death of Alfred Olango that sparked protests in El Cajon.

San Diego State To Get Future Teachers From College To Classroom In 4 Years

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San Diego State University announced Wednesday that it was awarded nearly $750,000 in state grants to fast-track the education of prospective teachers in order to reduce a shortage of educators in California.

Cal State San Marcos Sees 20 Percent Jump In Applicants

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Cal State San Marcos saw the highest jump in applications among the C-S-U campuses this year. Since 2015, the campus has seen a 20 percent increase in prospective students.

San Diego Unified: Incident At Horton Elementary Was Not Corporal Punishment

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Parents complained in October their children were injured after being forced to hold a plank position on hot blacktop as punishment.

San Diego County Kids Outperform State In Fitness Testing. How Did Your District Do?

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The physical fitness of San Diego County students held steady last year as that of students statewide dipped slightly.

San Diego Librarian Shares His Top 12 Kids Books Of 2016

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The San Diego County Office of Education's head librarian lists his top children's and young adult books of 2016.

San Diego Unified Responds To Families' Fears Under Trump

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An event to promote inclusiveness Wednesday is just one of the ways district staff are addressing student and parent concerns following a divisive election.

$116M In The Red, San Diego Unified Looks To Close Its Budget Gap

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The Board of Education will discuss this week where to cut if the district's financial outlook doesn't improve.

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