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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

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District, Union-Backed Proposal On School Board Elections Inching Toward The Ballot

June 14
By Megan Burks

The city attorney’s office is now reviewing a ballot proposal that would establish three four-year term limits for San Diego Unified trustees. The review is one of the final steps before voters would be asked to weigh in this November.

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Goodbye Buses, Hello Virtual Field Trips: Tech Takes El Cajon Students Beyond The Classroom

June 14
By Megan Burks

The big, yellow bus is often a prime target for school budget cuts, which means students are going on fewer field trips. The Cajon Valley Union School District may have found a solution.

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San Diego City Colleges To Offer Two Years Free Tuition

June 11
By Megan Burks

With the state now picking up the tab for the first year, the San Diego Community College District has announced it's able to cover students’ second year.

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Incumbents Muñoz, Shea Keep Seats For County Board Of Education Districts 3 And 5

June 5
By Megan Burks

San Diego County Board of Education District 3 incumbent Alicia Muñoz and District 5 incumbent Rick Shea held their leads.

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Incumbents, Write-In Candidates Advance To November San Diego Unified Board Races B, C

June 5
By Megan Burks

With all precincts reporting, incumbent Kevin Beiser has 91.6 percent of the vote, while write-in candidates have 8.4 percent of the vote. Incumbent Michael McQuary has 90.7 percent of votes, while write-in candidates have 9.3 percent.

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Nonprofit Makes Final Push To Boost Voter Turnout In City Heights

June 5
By Megan Burks

Since April, volunteers and community organizers have contacted thousands of City Heights residents in an effort to increase voter turnout there.

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Forty Years Later, Proposition 13 Is Proof Your Vote Matters

June 5
By Megan Burks

Passed 40 years ago Wednesday, Proposition 13 has had deep and lasting impacts on the state of California.

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Sweetwater Embraces Move From Textbook Civics To Civic Engagement

June 4
By Megan Burks

California schools are adopting a civics education model that reaches beyond the branches of government to tackle real-life problems and build a more civil future.

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Two Proposals For SD Unified Term Limits Vie For Spot On November Ballot

May 30
By Megan Burks

The San Diego Unified School Board wants three four-year terms. An outside group wants just two terms.

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Registrar Certifies Write-In Candidates For San Diego Unified Board Races

May 30
By Megan Burks

It’s official. There are now challengers in the races for two seats on the San Diego Unified School Board.

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