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.
Email Ana: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jennifer Cruz is a 17-year-old from El Salvador who's attending high school in San Mateo County, just south of San Francisco. We've been following her story since she arrived last year to live with her sister Yesenia. She's one of tens of thousands of Central American kids who came to the U.S. illegally on their own last year. Many of them were fleeing gang violence. In Jennifer's case, gang members were threatening to kidnap and rape her. Cruz is now fighting to stay in this country through a special kind of immigration relief. But building her legal case is forcing her to confront a painful family secret.
A final vote is expected Thursday on a controversial plan to hike tuition at the University of California by 5 percent a year over the next five years. A special committee tentatively approved the proposal Wednesday, despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown and angry students who protested outside the UC Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco.
The University of California Board of Regents is expected to vote Wednesday on a controversial plan to hike tuition by 5 percent each year over the next five years. UC President Janet Napolitano says she'll scrap the proposal if Gov. Jerry Brown gives the system a lot more money. But Brown has already said he's opposed to that, and on Monday he brought in back up: he appointed former Assembly Speaker John Perez to the UC Board.
Charter school executive Marshall Tuck says he plans to continue pushing for education reform in California, despite conceding the race for superintendent of public instruction Wednesday to Tom Torlakson, who narrowly clinched a second term.
Educators in California know well the debate over tenure, the job security given to teachers after about two years in the classroom. But for those outside education, it may be hard to understand why teacher tenure is such a big deal, especially during an election season where both Democrats and Republicans are seizing on the issue to win votes.