Michael covers the Los Angeles Unified School District and higher education. Prior to joining EdSource, he was a reporter in Washington, D.C. He received a B.A. in journalism from Syracuse University. He won first place nationally in the in-depth reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists 2018 Mark of Excellence awards for his series on corporate influence at Syracuse University, published in The Daily Orange.
All articles by Michael Burke
Enrollment at public universities is down across the country, but not at the University of California, where undergraduate enrollment is up and total enrollment is flat.
November 20, 2020
California State University’s ethnic studies requirement is on track to being implemented as a lower-division class, disappointing faculty.
November 18, 2020
The next school board will be seated in December and likely have one new face: Tanya Ortiz Franklin, a former teacher.
November 4, 2020
New ethnic studies class will likely be required as part of lower-division coursework, which many students complete at community college.
November 2, 2020
L.A. Unified’ next school board will guide the district through the pandemic and influence the future of charter schools in Los Angeles.
October 28, 2020
As University of California campuses reopen, UC San Diego deploys aggressive strategy to contain Covid-19
UC San Diego is welcoming students back to campus with mass Covid-19 testing, Bluetooth technology and wastewater testing.
October 2, 2020
Panelists from California community colleges met Tuesday for a webinar hosted by EdSource to discuss faculty diversity across the system.
September 29, 2020
How one Southern California desert town has reopened its classrooms to hundreds of elementary school students
Lucerne Valley Elementary in San Bernardino County was one of the first public schools in the state to get approval to reopen.
September 4, 2020
UC’s Board of Regents voted in May to stop requiring the exams, but some campuses were still giving students the option to submit scores.
September 1, 2020
Most of the University of California’s nine undergraduate campuses have now significantly curtailed their reopening plans.
September 1, 2020
LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner for months has said that a robust system of testing and contact tracing is necessary to reopen schools.
August 17, 2020
Charter schools and district leaders in Los Angeles are at odds over a law giving districts more authority to reject charter schools.
August 10, 2020
Colleges and universities in California can reopen this fall but must offer most classes virtually and have other restrictions in place.
August 7, 2020
Los Angeles Unified reaches deal with teachers over distance learning while other districts struggle to finalize plans
As L.A. Unified finalized its distance learning plans, Oakland Unified and other districts were still negotiating with their teachers.
August 3, 2020
California State University students required to take ethnic studies or social justice class under new policy
CSU trustees vote to approve policy while legislation with a stricter ethnic studies requirement makes its way through the Legislature.