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 (106 archives)
A number of new education laws in California tackle a particularly alarming issue: the state's schools now issue more suspensions to students than diplomas, especially to African-American students. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the Oakland Unified School District. But now, district officials are pinning their hopes on a new approach to student discipline, called "Restorative Justice."
California lawmakers took a hard line against student suspensions in last year's legislative session, with a series of six bills aiming to keep problem students in school, rather than suspend them.
A new legislative session has begun and lawmakers in Sacramento are wasting no time in crafting new bills. Some are new and some are familiar from the last session, such as a bill that would make it easier to fire teachers accused of sexually abusing students. A state audit released on Tuesday showed districts such as Los Angeles Unified end up agreeing to costly settlements to get rid of teachers.
The Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union have hammered out a historic agreement just ahead of a court-ordered deadline. The state's largest school district is now the only one in California in a position to use student test scores to help evaluate teacher performance.
The UC Regents approved salaries on Tuesday for two campus chancellors. There wasn't much fuss over the $245,000 salary and housing package for Jane Close Conoley, the acting chancellor at UC Riverside. But Governor Jerry Brown and two other regents voted against the $487,000 pay package for UC Berkeley's new chancellor, Nicholas Dirks.