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
In response to criticism, the College Board is reforming a new admissions tool meant to measure hardships that a freshman applicant faces.
August 27, 2019
Increasing financial aid for California college students among 21 new proposals
August 13, 2019
California Community Colleges board of governors extended the contract for Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley despite objections from faculty members.
July 15, 2019
Four charter schools will open after each was initially denied by its local school board, forcing the schools to turn to county boards.
July 12, 2019
The college has returned to local control more than 13 years after losing its accreditation and merging with El Camino College.
June 27, 2019
A poll brief released Monday showed that low-income California voters and voters in counties in rural areas have the highest concerns about college affordability.
June 17, 2019
Los Angeles voters decisively reject parcel tax that would have raised $500 million annually for schools
In major setback for efforts to salvage LA Unified's finances, Measure EE fails to get even half of voters' support, falling far short of the two-thirds threshold needed for victory.
June 5, 2019
Only about 1 in 8 districts in California have ever passed a parcel tax. Most of those districts don't have much in common with LAUSD.
June 3, 2019
Swearing-in ceremony to a seat on the Los Angeles school board becomes opportunity for Jackie Goldberg to urge support for parcel tax.
May 22, 2019
Veteran lawmaker and activist Jackie Goldberg returns to the LAUSD school board after a decisive win.
May 15, 2019
Runoff election for Los Angeles school board has long-term implications for future of California's largest district
A win for Jackie Goldberg would create a more union-friendly board and an uncertain future for charter schools. Heather Repenning says she occupies middle ground between the teachers’ union and the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA).