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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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Another Twist In Parent's Quest To Bring Transitional Kindergarten To Del Mar

April 23
By Megan Burks

Del Mar Union is one in a small number of districts that don’t offer transitional kindergarten, even though the California Department of Education says they should under its interpretation of state law.

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For The Second Time, San Diego Students Walk Out Against Gun Violence

April 20
By City News Service, Megan Burks

Students from about two dozen San Diego County schools walked out of class Friday for the second time in just over a month to protest gun violence and urge politicians to better protect campuses.

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San Diego County High School Students Host 49th District Forum

April 16
By Megan Burks

From learning about the political process to being part of it, students at two San Diego schools hosted a forum Tuesday for candidates in the 49th Congressional District.

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A Rarity Among California School Districts, Vista Unified Funds New Bus Routes

April 13
By Megan Burks

Changes to enrollment boundaries that have allowed the Vista Unified School District to grow its magnet program have also stretched student commutes.

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In Vista Unified, More School Choice Means More Traffic

April 12
By Megan Burks

As more Vista families choose schools farther from home, they’re spending more time on the road. Some are worried about the social and environmental consequences.

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Dozens Of Gun Control Advocates Attend Cajon Valley School Board Meeting

April 10
By Megan Burks

San Diegans For Gun Violence Prevention is asking local school districts to adopt resolutions supporting federal gun legislation. About 90 of its members are expected to attend a Cajon Valley Union School Board meeting to apply pressure — riled up by a response from one of its trustees.

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Town Halls On San Diego Unified Board Elections Begin This Week

April 9
By Megan Burks

Should the city change San Diego Unified School Board elections? The board has appointed a committee to get public input on the question.

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San Diego Unified Reaches Tentative Contract Agreement With Union

April 4
By City News Service, Megan Burks

The district and the San Diego Education Association reached the agreement at 1:40 a.m. after a 16-hour bargaining session that culminated a year of negotiations. The agreement must be ratified by union members and the San Diego school board in order to take effect.

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Once Used To Integrate Schools, Magnets May Be Creating Divisions In Vista

April 4
By Brandon Quester / inewsource, Megan Burks

A data analysis by KPBS and inewsource suggests Vista’s white, more affluent children are disproportionately benefiting from Vista Unified School District’s magnet schools.

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Magnet Schools And Vista Unified: How We Crunched The Numbers

April 4
By Brandon Quester / inewsource, Megan Burks

To identify the impact of magnet schools in the Vista Unified School District, KPBS and inewsource needed a quantifiable way to measure what parents of students and teachers were saying: Magnet schools have disproportionately shifted the racial makeup of schools across the district.

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