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Stories by Megan Burks

Could Chocolate Milk Sour Chula Vista’s Progress On Childhood Obesity?

Could Chocolate Milk Sour Chula Vista’s Progress On Childhood Obesity?

Aug. 17
By Megan Burks

It’s back to school for many San Diego County students this month. In Chula Vista, it’s also back to school for chocolate milk. The Chula Vista Elementary School District has lifted a 5-year-old ban on the beverage.

San Diego County School Districts Under The Wire To Draft Suicide P...

San Diego County School Districts Under The Wire To Draft Suicide Prevention Policies

Aug. 9
By Megan Burks

So far, 11 out of the 42 districts in San Diego County have attended workshops to draft their policies.

More Immunizations — And Maybe More Online Schooling — Under New Va...

More Immunizations — And Maybe More Online Schooling — Under New Vaccine Rule

Aug. 7
By Megan Burks

The latest numbers show more students are getting immunized, but a small number may have found alternatives.

One Less Hurdle For California Transfer Students Beginning In 2018

One Less Hurdle For California Transfer Students Beginning In 2018

Aug. 3
By Megan Burks

The California State University system is eliminating a math requirement that, for many, has made transferring to a four-year university a pipe dream.

Carlsbad Students Get Lesson In Media Literacy On Trip To Greece

Carlsbad Students Get Lesson In Media Literacy On Trip To Greece

July 31
By Megan Burks

Fifteen students from the Pacific Ridge School traveled to Greece in May to get to the truth of the migrant crisis there.

Comic-Con For Educators: Comics To The Rescue (Of English Learners ...

Comic-Con For Educators: Comics To The Rescue (Of English Learners And History Students)

July 21
By Megan Burks

The San Diego Central Library this year continues its tradition of melding Comic-Con and education. This weekend it will host teachers from Helix Charter High School who use comics to teach everything from algebra to French history.

Comic-Con For Educators: 'Its OK To Be Odd' And Other Lessons For C...

Comic-Con For Educators: 'Its OK To Be Odd' And Other Lessons For College

July 20
By Megan Burks

There is an unexpected thread running through several of the panels at Comic-Con this year: mental health. We talk with two panelists focusing on student well-being.

Taking A Cue From K-12, National University Launches Precision Inst...

Taking A Cue From K-12, National University Launches Precision Institute

July 20
By Megan Burks

National University announced a $20 million initiative Wednesday aimed at taking personalized learning from K-12 classrooms to the lecture hall.

Comic-Con For Educators: Ramona High Eases Into ‘The Odyssey’ With ...

Comic-Con For Educators: Ramona High Eases Into ‘The Odyssey’ With Graphic Novel

July 18
By Megan Burks

This week, downtown San Diego will be filled with fantastical creatures, comic book villains — and everyday superheroes. Teachers come to Comic-Con each year to present on using pop culture in the classroom. This year, they include educators from Ramona High School.

Judge Sides With College Board; Scripps Ranch Grads Will Have To Ta...

Judge Sides With College Board; Scripps Ranch Grads Will Have To Take Retests

July 14
By Megan Burks

A judge will not grant a temporary restraining order on the College Board’s decision to invalidate hundreds of Scripps Ranch High School Advanced Placement tests.

How To Bring This Private School Teaching Method Into A Public Scho...

How To Bring This Private School Teaching Method Into A Public School Classroom

July 13
By Megan Burks

More like dinner with intellectuals than a class, students learning through the Exeter Academy's Harkness model sit around a table and discuss a text or question.

Hearing In San Diego Unified Suit Against The College Board Set For...

Hearing In San Diego Unified Suit Against The College Board Set For Friday

July 10
By Megan Burks

The district is pushing for an expedited court case to reinstate Scripps Ranch High School AP tests the College Board ruled invalid. It could have a decision as early as Friday.

San Diego State Raises Rainbow Flag To Celebrate Pride

San Diego State Raises Rainbow Flag To Celebrate Pride

July 7
By Megan Burks

The event was the first public appearance of Sally Roush since taking the helm as president of SDSU this week.

San Diego Unified Taking College Board To Court Over AP Test Decision

San Diego Unified Taking College Board To Court Over AP Test Decision

July 7
By Megan Burks

The College Board has decided to invalidate some 800 Advanced Placement tests taken at Scripps Ranch High School because students were seated too close together.

How A Distance Of Two Feet Invalidated 500 AP Tests At Scripps Ranc...

How A Distance Of Two Feet Invalidated 500 AP Tests At Scripps Ranch High

June 30
By Megan Burks

About 500 Scripps Ranch High School graduates learned Friday they will have to retake their Advanced Placement exams.

Cal State San Marcos Offers Guaranteed Admission To Some Tribal Sch...

Cal State San Marcos Offers Guaranteed Admission To Some Tribal School Graduates

June 29
By Megan Burks

Cal State San Marcos has the largest American Indian student population in the California State University system, and it is poised to grow.

'Slow Strangulation' Of Adult Ed Will Mean 1,000 Fewer Students For...

'Slow Strangulation' Of Adult Ed Will Mean 1,000 Fewer Students For Sweetwater

June 26
By Megan Burks

Sweetwater Adult School is cutting its classes by 10 percent. They include parenting, English-language, citizenship and career-technical courses.

Linda Vista Is Getting An Education Makeover This Summer

Linda Vista Is Getting An Education Makeover This Summer

June 22
By Megan Burks

Three of its schools will become science-based magnet schools, and a new charter school is breaking ground in the neighborhood.

What It Means When San Diego Educators Talk About 'Supporting The W...

What It Means When San Diego Educators Talk About 'Supporting The Whole Child'

June 22
By Megan Burks

It is something we have been hearing a lot lately, so we headed to a San Diego school to see what it looks like in the classroom — and whether you can grade it.

Dalai Lama In San Diego: Modern Education Needs To Focus On Compass...

Dalai Lama In San Diego: Modern Education Needs To Focus On Compassion

June 16
By Associated Press, Megan Burks

The Dalai Lama spoke Friday to a crowd of about 25,000 at the University of California, San Diego.

Skateboards For Syrians: Students Help Classmate Make Good On Decad...

Skateboards For Syrians: Students Help Classmate Make Good On Decade-Old Promise

June 15
By Megan Burks

Students at High Tech High in Point Loma are wrapping up their school year — and a special gift for Syrian refugees.

New Survey: San Diego Voters Want Homeless Funding, Not Convention ...

New Survey: San Diego Voters Want Homeless Funding, Not Convention Center Expansion

June 8
By Megan Burks

Would voters pass a hotel tax increase for convention center and homeless funding? The answer depends on which poll you read.

What San Diego's State Legislators Did On Education This Session

What San Diego's State Legislators Did On Education This Session

June 2
By Megan Burks

From water lead testing to teacher tenure, about a dozen education bills by San Diego legislators passed the California Assembly and Senate before Friday's deadline.

California Schools Chief Pays Visit To San Diego

California Schools Chief Pays Visit To San Diego

June 1
By Megan Burks

The California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was in San Diego Thursday to draw attention to California's teacher shortage.

Proposed Rule Change For Adult ESL Classes Could Impact Children

Proposed Rule Change For Adult ESL Classes Could Impact Children

June 1
By Megan Burks

Many parents enroll in English-language courses so they can help their kids with school. The federal government wants to see more of them use the classes to get jobs or go to college.

San Diego Teachers: What Makes Them Stay?

San Diego Teachers: What Makes Them Stay?

May 24
By Megan Burks

As many as 40 percent of new teachers move on within their first five years. So we wanted to know: What keeps San Diego teachers in the classroom?

Resolving San Diego's Teacher Shortage With Money, Leadership And P...

Resolving San Diego's Teacher Shortage With Money, Leadership And Pizza

May 24
By Megan Burks

California projects it will need more than 20,000 new teachers annually, but universities in the state have been graduating about half that.

More And More Teachers Aren't Fully Trained — And That Could Be A G...

More And More Teachers Aren't Fully Trained — And That Could Be A Good Thing

May 23
By Megan Burks

Last school year, districts in San Diego and Imperial counties had to hire more than 700 teachers who had not yet finished their training. Where many see a troubling trend, others see a promising solution.

San Diego Unified Library, Mental Health Workers Dodge Budget Ax

San Diego Unified Library, Mental Health Workers Dodge Budget Ax

May 12
By Megan Burks

In April, the San Diego Unified School District proposed budget cuts that would have all but decimated its libraries.

City Detects Elevated Lead Levels In Birney Elementary Drinking Water

City Detects Elevated Lead Levels In Birney Elementary Drinking Water

May 11
By Megan Burks

Birney Elementary is the second San Diego Unified school site to test above permitted levels. More than a dozen campuses have lead at allowable levels.

Parents: Think Vouchers Would Be A Ticket To San Diego's Top School...

Parents: Think Vouchers Would Be A Ticket To San Diego's Top Schools? Think Again

May 11
By Megan Burks

Most private schools — the ones with impressive alumni and long waiting lists — will not accept school vouchers. And parochial schools hurting for students are wary, too.

SDPD: Torrey Pines High School Student Killed By Officers Left Suic...

SDPD: Torrey Pines High School Student Killed By Officers Left Suicide Note

May 8
By Associated Press, Megan Burks

A 15-year-old boy left a suicide note before he was killed by officers after pointing a BB gun at them in a high school parking lot in the dark over the weekend, police said Monday.

San Diego Unified Partners With Baja Schools As More US Kids Enroll...

San Diego Unified Partners With Baja Schools As More US Kids Enroll South Of The Border

May 1
By Megan Burks

Schools in Baja California are seeing more new students from the United States than from Mexico. Now, the San Diego Unified School District is partnering with those Baja schools and the Mexican consulate to better serve those students.

Proposed Cuts Would Impact San Diego Job Training Programs That Are...

Proposed Cuts Would Impact San Diego Job Training Programs That Are Booming

April 27
By Megan Burks

Three times the number of job seekers expected came out to a job fair in San Ysidro Thursday. Many got their training thanks to grants President Donald Trump wants to cut.

San Diego Unified Agrees To Negotiate With Unions Before Voting On ...

San Diego Unified Agrees To Negotiate With Unions Before Voting On More Layoffs

April 26
By City News Service, Megan Burks

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday postponed adding 190 employees to a list of 1,500 who have received layoff notices.

New Round Of Layoffs May All But Decimate San Diego School Libraries

New Round Of Layoffs May All But Decimate San Diego School Libraries

April 25
By Megan Burks

The latest proposal as San Diego Unified grapples with a $124 million shortfall would lay off all library technicians at middle and high schools.

Southcrest School Offers No-Cost Blood Tests After Lead Scare

Southcrest School Offers No-Cost Blood Tests After Lead Scare

April 21
By Megan Burks

About a dozen San Diego Cooperative Charter School students have already been to their private doctors for tests and told the school they do not have lead in their blood.

San Diego State's Aztec Mascot Will Stay — For Now

San Diego State's Aztec Mascot Will Stay — For Now

April 20
By Megan Burks

San Diego State's student government has voted down a resolution that would have phased out the Aztec mascot and moniker. But the school's University Senate will take up the matter again in the fall.

What Learning Looks Like: The Art And Science Of Classroom Transitions

What Learning Looks Like: The Art And Science Of Classroom Transitions

April 20
By Megan Burks

When young children do not follow demands, it is not because they are ignoring you or choosing to misbehave. It is because they lack something called "cognitive flexibility."

Elevated Lead Levels Not Detected In Latest Round Of San Diego Unif...

Elevated Lead Levels Not Detected In Latest Round Of San Diego Unified Testing

April 14
By Megan Burks

All of the 15 schools tested this month do not have elevated levels of lead in their drinking water.

Parents Worry About San Diego Unified Plan To Uproot Dozens Of Spec...

Parents Worry About San Diego Unified Plan To Uproot Dozens Of Special Ed Classes

April 14
By Megan Burks

San Diego Unified is planning to close dozens of special education classrooms and consolidate them across fewer campuses.

SDSU Program Helps Freshmen Learn Like College Students, Not Cram L...

SDSU Program Helps Freshmen Learn Like College Students, Not Cram Like Them

April 12
By Megan Burks

San Diego State University is expanding a program that has helped more college freshmen get through their first lecture-style classes in one try.

Lead Not The Only Chemical Found In The Water At Southcrest School

Lead Not The Only Chemical Found In The Water At Southcrest School

April 5
By Megan Burks

Old PVC pipes were leaching vinyl chloride into the water at Emerson-Bandini Elementary School. Lead tests being performed across all campuses in the district will not detect the chemical.

San Diego Educators Seek More Funding For Adult Ed Classes As Deman...

San Diego Educators Seek More Funding For Adult Ed Classes As Demand Increases

April 6
By Megan Burks

Administrators at local adult schools say they are seeing greater demand for English-language courses and classes that help immigrants prepare for the citizenship exam. But the demand comes after eight years of flat funding from the state.

Climate Change, Invasive Beetles — This Isn't The Sixth-Grade Camp ...

Climate Change, Invasive Beetles — This Isn't The Sixth-Grade Camp Of Yesteryear

April 4
By Katie Schoolov, Megan Burks

The U.S. Forest Service estimates California has lost more than 100 million trees to drought, fire and invasive beetles. In our own backyard, large oaks that shaded generations of San Diegans at sixth-grade camp are now stumps, calling on today's campers to reverse the damage.

San Diego Unified Offers Resources To Help Parents Pick Up Where Te...

San Diego Unified Offers Resources To Help Parents Pick Up Where Teachers Leave Off

March 29
By Megan Burks

Parents are often told to read with their kids, but many parents may not know the best way to do it.

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

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

March 23
By Megan Burks

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...

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

March 14
By Megan Burks

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'

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

March 10
By City News Service, Megan Burks

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

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

March 10
By Megan Burks

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.

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