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 (151 archives)
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.
Teacher tenure is a hot political topic in California these days. There's at least one major lawsuit pending in Los Angeles, and later today in Sacramento, the San Jose Unified School District will ask the State Board of Education to give it more flexibility to determine when teachers deserve seniority.
Two bills proposed in the state legislature would give public school districts more money to cover the escalating costs of putting buses on the road. A new report indicates California needs to rethink the way it funds school transportation all together.