KQED Radio Staff
Education Reporter, The California Report
Ana Tintocalis covers K-12 and higher education news and trends across California for KQED's statewide program The California Report. She has reported extensively on how policy decisions affect learning in the classroom and the effect of the state's budget woes on public education. She also strives to tell the personal and human stories in education by including children, disadvantaged youth, parents and teachers. Ana began reporting for KQED in 2011.
Before her time at KQED, Ana was the education reporter for KPBS Radio in San Diego where she reported on K-12 and higher education in San Diego County. Her work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists, the California Teachers Association, and the Public Radio News Directors Inc.
Ana is also is a former fellow with The Poynter Institute, and former SPJ-San Diego board member where she managed a high school mentor program.
Ana grew up in the desert community of Palmdale, California and earned her B.A. in journalism at California State University, Long Beach.
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Stories (143 archives)
Many California community college students are starting to register for summer classes. In many cases there aren't enough classes to go around, and that means students might end up on long waiting lists. Long Beach City College in Southern California is experimenting with a plan, approved by the Legislature last fall, that guarantees students a seat in class. That is, if they're willing to pay more.
The number of students suspended or expelled from public schools in California dropped last year according to a recent report. But student advocates want lawmakers to do more to end what they call overly harsh discipline policies.
School kids are pointing and clicking their way through the state's first computerized assessment in math and English. This is a practice year, so the scores won't count. This allows for education officials to tinker with the testing and answer some still open questions. For instance, how should the testing experience be customized for English learners?
This week, California public school students begin taking new, computer-based tests. Scores won't count this year because it's a practice test. Still, educators around the state remain nervous about the change.
Silicon Valley draws thousands of young programmers hoping to strike it rich in the tech industry. But it's a relatively exclusive club, favoring top-notch graduates from prestigious universities. A new program in the Salinas Valley is challenging that formula by helping the children of farmworker families become programmers and engineers -- in just three years. A lot is on the line for these students, and their families.