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
More than 300,000 additional community college students would be eligible for Cal Grants covering non-tuition costs under a new proposal.
February 21, 2020
An independent group will be commissioned to study CSU's proposal to require a fourth year of high school math in freshman admissions.
January 29, 2020
CSU still plans to require four years of high school math for freshman admissions, effective in 2027, but will delay formal vote to 2022.
January 21, 2020
In an interview, Alex Caputo-Pearl discusses the L.A. Unified strike’s legacy, current relations between the union and district and more.
January 17, 2020
California governor keeps key higher education pledges but significant aid for non-tuition costs remains
Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded financial aid, but experts and activists hope for more progress in the coming year to help students cover non-tuition costs.
January 6, 2020
California’s largest school district published academic growth data, which measure how students improve from year to year.
December 5, 2019
California’s CORE districts have the option of publishing growth data. Los Angeles will join Fresno, Long Beach and Oakland in doing so.
December 4, 2019
CSU leaders appear ready to move forward with requiring extra year of quantitative reasoning despite concerns
Opponents include state leaders and activists, who reiterated fears that the change will harm black, Latino and low-income students.
November 20, 2019
The district is suspending implementation of the School Performance Framework but plans to use some of its elements.
November 6, 2019
Los Angeles, home to more immigrants than any region in California, could become the state’s second city to let non-citizen parents vote.
November 4, 2019
The Bay Area district, Peralta Community College District, faces budgeting, auditing and enrollment challenges, according to a state agency.
October 22, 2019
AB 1645 requires community colleges and California State University campuses to have designated liaisons for undocumented students.
October 16, 2019
Push to kill single rating for schools wins support of a key committee. LAUSD board will vote on it on Nov. 5.
October 9, 2019
The school board voted on an amended version of the spending plan, which was updated after a complaint was brought against the district.
October 2, 2019
CSU has also pledged $10 million to train more math and science teachers, but skeptics question whether that investment will be sufficient.