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
Stories (192 archives)
The union that represents California State University faculty says it's preparing for a five-day systemwide strike in April. The union says it now has a plan in place: a work stoppage across all 23 CSU campuses. The union's 26,000 members include counselors, librarians and coaches. They want a 5 percent pay increase -- the administration is offering 2 percent.
The Los Angeles Unified School District has a new superintendent. After a high-profile nationwide search, it went with an insider, Michelle King. The move marks a shift for the nation's second-largest school district. Like others around the state, for about a decade it has recruited outsiders, some of whom were not career educators.
A new law in effect this year now requires all California public school students to take sex education beginning in seventh grade. For years, sex ed has been optional. But beginning this year, parents who don't want their kids to learn about body image, contraception and HIV prevention will have to opt-out in writing.
It's another good year for California public schools in the governor's budget. The state is expected to spend more than $10,000 per student in the coming year. That's a big turnaround compared to five years ago.
Oakland and Los Angeles have more charter schools than any other city in California. Now, there's a push to enroll even more students in charter schools in those cities -- and it's being led by some very wealthy education reformers. Traditional public school advocates are fighting back.