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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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Your Guide To San Diego County’s 11 School Bond Measures

Oct. 22
By Megan Burks

Voters from Bonsall to the South Bay will be asked to approve school bonds this election. How do you know if the bond on your ballot is a good one?

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Experts Recommend California’s Next Governor Stay The Course On Brown’s Ed Reforms

Sept. 18
By Megan Burks

Researchers across the country say the Local Control Funding Formula passed under Gov. Jerry Brown has put California schools on the right track.

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Poet On Helping Undocumented Students: Pass The Mic

Oct. 15
By Megan Burks

Yosimar Reyes is tired of “gloom and doom” stories about immigrants living in the country illegally. He visited Grossmont College to talk about changing how we frame immigrant lives.

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San Diego Unified's Lead Testing Results, Mapped

Oct. 9
By Megan Burks

San Diego Unified has tested nearly 2,000 water fixtures for lead, after first finding contamination at a school in early 2017.

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SDSU To Offer Meningococcal Vaccines After County Declares Campus Outbreak

Oct. 5
By City News Service, Megan Burks

San Diego State University will offer vaccines against meningococcal B to students Friday and Monday in response to a recent outbreak on the school's campus.

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Ballot Measure Would Establish Term Limits For San Diego Unified Trustees

Oct. 4
By Megan Burks

Measure H would limit San Diego Unified School District trustees to three terms, starting in 2020. Opponents say it’s a watered-down version of what constituents actually want.

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McQuary, Nordstrom Vie To Represent San Diego Unified’s Coastal Schools

Oct. 3
By Megan Burks

Michael McQuary is a former teacher who joined the board in 2015. Marcia Nordstrom is a parent and real estate professional.

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Businessman And Math Teacher Compete For San Diego Unified School Board

Oct. 2
By Megan Burks

Businessman and charter school co-founder Tom Keliinoi is running against teacher and two-term incumbent Kevin Beiser for San Diego School Board.

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Lawsuit Challenging SD Unified Elections Seeks To Invalidate This Year’s Board Races

Oct. 1
By Megan Burks

A lawsuit says San Diego Unified School Board elections disenfranchise minority voters. It seeks changes to how the elections are run and asks the court to invalidate next month’s school board election.

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Conference Is Latest Effort To Professionalize Street Outreach By Ex-Offenders

Sept. 20
By Megan Burks

A first-of-its-kind conference for San Diego will highlight the work of reformed gang members and the formerly incarcerated in preventing violence and other crime in the region.

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