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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

Calexico Campus To Weigh In On Search For Next SDSU President

Calexico Campus To Weigh In On Search For Next SDSU President

Oct. 17
By Megan Burks

Members of the search committee are in Calexico Tuesday to learn what students and faculty at San Diego State’s Imperial Valley satellite want in a new president.

Governor Fast Tracks Remedial Education Reform In California Commun...

Governor Fast Tracks Remedial Education Reform In California Community Colleges

Oct. 16
By Megan Burks

Research has shown the existing system to bring underprepared college students up to speed can actually hurt their chances of earning a degree.

It's 'DACA Week' At California Community Colleges

It's 'DACA Week' At California Community Colleges

Oct. 16
By Megan Burks

San Diego campuses are responding with a full slate of events — everything from legal clinics to workshops on managing stress.

Nonprofit Teaches ‘Knife Skills And Life Skills’ To San Diegans In ...

Nonprofit Teaches ‘Knife Skills And Life Skills’ To San Diegans In Need Of Jobs

Oct. 11
By Megan Burks

There’s a chance the cook at your favorite San Diego restaurant used to be in prison or homeless. Southeastern San Diego nonprofit Kitchens for Good has helped place more than 100 people in San Diego’s culinary industry since its founding two years ago.

Search For Next San Diego State President Kicks Off Monday

Search For Next San Diego State President Kicks Off Monday

Sept. 25
By Megan Burks

Want to weigh in on the search for SDSU’s next president? The hiring committee is hosting a public forum from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday in the school’s alumni center.

Cajon Valley Union One Of Several Districts Taking On Social Emotio...

Cajon Valley Union One Of Several Districts Taking On Social Emotional Learning This Year

Sept. 21
By Megan Burks

More than 160 schools in San Diego County are rolling out new curriculum designed to help students understand their emotions and resolve conflicts.

Bill Would Force Community Colleges' Hands On Remediation Reforms

Bill Would Force Community Colleges' Hands On Remediation Reforms

Sept. 18
By Megan Burks

Assembly Bill 705 would do away with the placement tests California community colleges give to incoming students. It would also prohibit remedial courses for all but the most underprepared.

Alliant University Course Aims To Professionalize Street Outreach W...

Alliant University Course Aims To Professionalize Street Outreach Workers

Sept. 15
By Megan Burks

Agencies in Los Angeles know former gang members and the formerly incarcerated are some of the best equipped to help break the cycles of violence and incarceration in urban communities. Now a class at Alliant University is aiming to professionalize the craft here in San Diego.

Sweetwater Bets On Game Theory (And More) To Solve California's Rem...

Sweetwater Bets On Game Theory (And More) To Solve California's Remedial Math Problem

Sept. 11
By Megan Burks

Colleges recently announced changes to tackle the problem on their end. The Sweetwater Union High School District and San Diego State are looking for solutions in high schools.

California Defiant In Early Talks About Rollback Of Campus Sexual A...

California Defiant In Early Talks About Rollback Of Campus Sexual Assault Protections

Sept. 8
By Megan Burks

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week said she intends to rewrite federal guidance on how colleges should react to reports of sexual assault. California’s public university systems intend to press forward with their Obama-era reforms anyway.

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