Maura Walz

Education Editor

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Maura Walz is KPCC's Education Editor.

Prior to coming at KPCC, Maura worked as deputy managing editor of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering education in four states.

Maura began covering New York City's public schools in 2008 and has been on the education beat ever since. She was an early staff member of GothamSchools, the education reporting startup that evolved into Chalkbeat. She then covered Georgia's schools for Georgia Public Broadcasting's Southern Education Desk for two years.

Her reporting has also appeared on NBC News, WNYC, FastCompany and the Carnegie Knight initiative News21.

Maura is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

In her free time, she reads novels and follows pop culture.

Stories by Maura Walz

LAUSD board president charged with conspiracy over campaign contributions

Los Angeles Unified School Board President Ref Rodriguez and his cousin were charged Wednesday by the L.A. District Attorney's office for allegedly reimbursing almost $25,000 in campaign donations back to donors.

Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.

California settles with Justice Department over English learner services

California must improve how the state's schools serve their English language learners, according to the terms of a settlement announced Friday.

California students post gains on state tests, but big gaps remain

It's the second year that the public has seen results from the new exam, giving the first opportunity to chart progress over time.

California court throws out school funding challenge

An appeals court has ruled that while California's students have a right to access public schools, there is no guaranteed right that the schools be high quality.

CSU faculty get 5 percent raise this year, avert strike

The deal gives faculty the raises they demanded but avoids cuts to other programs that university administrators had said were blocking salary increases.

CSU management, faculty reach agreement to avoid strike

The two sides plan to announce the details of the plan at a news conference Friday morning, they said in a joint press release.

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles to play Super Bowl halftime show

The philharmonic announced Thursday that students of YOLA's program at the EXPO Center in South L.A. will perform alongside the band Coldplay.

LAUSD board appoints Michelle King new superintendent

King, 54, has served as the district's chief deputy superintendent since October 2014. She has worked in the district since 1984.