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 (187 archives)
California's annual budget is a game of winners and losers, and one of the perceived winners this year was the Cal State University system. The 23-campus system got an additional $97 million thanks in part to intense lobbying by students and faculty members. But the extra money has brought on a labor dispute with the faculty union, which is seeking a 5 percent. raise. Management is offering a 2 percent raise.
California public school teachers and students have a lot of work to do when it comes to teaching and learning Common Core. Test scores released Wednesday show far too many students aren't grasping the new, more rigorous academic standards.
On Wednesday, the state will release the test scores of more than 3 million public school kids who took California's first computerized state test. Gone are the multiple-choice tests of old. With schools now teaching more rigorous academic standards, the exam has changed dramatically. Parents will no doubt have lots of questions. We meet the Munnelly family and their 11-year-old son Paul, who live near Oakland.
The new school year is upon us, and there's something new for kindergartners in California: they're going to have to learn how to read at a higher level than they did before. That's because the academic standards known as Common Core are kicking in. How will that affect the state's littlest learners?
It's back to school time for the more than 6 million public school kids in California. This year, what they learn and how they learn will be radically different. That's because all schools must now teach a new set of academic standards called Common Core. The standards call for kindergartners to learn more vocabulary words and read short sentences fluently.