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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

What's On The Menu For School Lunch Reform Under Trump

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Some in San Diego are bracing for cuts to school meals. Others are looking forward to an overhaul of nutrition standards. And immigrants worry a free lunch could make them a target.

As San Diego Unified Prepares To Cut 977 Positions, Teachers' Union Prepares For New Contract

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Teachers crowded Tuesday's board meeting calling for competitive pay, more resources for kids and lower class sizes in their next union contract.

Human Library Event A Reminder Not To Judge Others 'By Their Covers'

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Head down to San Diego's central library Saturday and you can check out … humans. A human library event will let visitors reserve people from all walks of life for a 20-minute conversation.

Parents: It's A Good Thing When Your Child's Math Homework Scares You

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Some San Diego children are coming home with math homework that looks foreign — and maybe a little scary — to parents. That's because several schools in San Diego Unified are piloting a new kind of math instruction that aligns with the Common Core academic standards.

App To Make Your City A Classroom Launches In San Diego

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The city as a classroom — that is the vision behind LRNG, a new online platform that connects people to informal learning experiences in their communities.

On Heels Of Measure K, San Diego Republicans Look To Change School Board Elections

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Republicans on the San Diego City Council are pushing for a 2018 ballot measure that would impose term limits on San Diego Unified School Board trustees and change the way they are elected to office.

Otay Reservoir Spills Over Its Dam For The First Time Since 2011

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The Lower Otay Reservoir spilled over its dam Tuesday for the first time in six years because of Monday's heavy rainfall.

What Parents Of Students With Special Needs Can Expect Under San Diego Unified Cuts

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The San Diego Unified School District says it will still meet the needs of students with disabilities despite layoffs aimed at cutting $124 million from the budget next year.

San Diego Unified Budget Cuts Spare Classrooms But Not Their Frequent Visitors

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Class sizes are expected to remain the same despite a $124 million deficit next year. But many of the cuts impact administrators and specialists who are familiar faces in the classroom.

San Diego Unified Proposal Would Eliminate Hundreds Of Positions, Reduce Work Year To Balance Budget

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District officials say the plan to cut $124 million from the budget will not impact class sizes or instruction time.

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