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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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What Learning Looks Like: Decoding Social Cues On The Autism Spectrum

Nov. 29
By Megan Burks

What new research out of San Diego State tells us about autism, and social blunders in general.

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One Last Show For The Late Lou Curtiss

Nov. 16
By Megan Burks

Musicians and music lovers will gather in El Cajon Sunday to celebrate the life of Lou Curtiss. The beloved music promoter and archivist died in July at the age of 79.

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Police: Arson Fire At Chula Vista Nonprofit Was Not Politically Motivated

Nov. 13
By Megan Burks

Chula Vista police have arrested 28-year-old Christopher Treyvoun Jenkins as the alleged arsonist behind a fire at the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment office Friday.

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Arson At Nonprofit That Campaigned For Rent Control Believed To Be Politically Motivated

Nov. 12
By Megan Burks

Chula Vista police are calling a fire that destroyed the San Diego offices of a statewide social justice nonprofit arson.

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Sweetwater Budget Woes To Cut Into Already Ailing Adult Education Programs

Nov. 8
By Megan Burks

The Sweetwater Union High School District is expected to close several classes that help South Bay residents learn English, become citizens and get jobs.

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How San Diego County Schools Fared At The Polls

Nov. 7
By Megan Burks

Voters appear to have given San Diego Unified a passing grade, all but two of 11 school bonds appear to have enough votes to pass, and two political newcomers hold on as votes continue to come in.

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School Board Candidates, Bonds And Term Limits Seek Passing Grade From Voters

Nov. 6
By Megan Burks

Four candidates are competing for two San Diego Unified School Board seats. Voters will also decide on 11 school bonds and a measure establishing term limits for San Diego Unified trustees.

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San Diego County Has 17K More Youth Voters Than In 2016 — Here's Why

Nov. 1
By Megan Burks

During the 2014 midterm elections, 22 percent of millennials turned out to vote. This year, an estimated 63 percent of 18 and 19-year-olds alone plan to vote.

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San Diego County School Districts Are Leaving $170M In Federal Nutrition Aid On The Table

Oct. 24
By Megan Burks

The San Diego Hunger Coalition is urging schools and after-school program providers to opt into federal breakfast, supper and summer meal programs.

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At La Jolla Elementary, A Call For Improved Familiarity With The Black Experience

Oct. 23
By Megan Burks

San Diego Unified reflects a nationwide trend of having disproportionately few teachers of color. At a forum, community organizers called for the school to help its students get to know black people and their experience in the United States.

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