Megan BurksEducation Reporter
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.
The district plans to give some teachers new job classifications that would boost their caseload from 20 to 24 students. But teachers say they’re already maxed out.
The region's workforce development board plans to launch an income share program to help San Diegans finance job training in technology fields.
The report looked at the quality of preschool offerings in the nation’s 40 largest cities, and dings San Diego for its class sizes.
Lupita Cortez Alcalá is also the first Latina to serve as the state’s chief deputy superintendent.
A pilot program run out of the San Diego County Office of Education aims to increase the number of parents who utilize state preschool subsidies.
The San Diego Unified School Board has voted to give principals and parents more control over federal dollars traditionally spent by the central office.
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