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 (127 archives)
For years, education advocates have wondered what it would be like if they could lower the ballot box threshold for new parcel taxes to 55 percent from the current two-thirds. A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California finds school districts that have already adopted such a tax have four things in common. They're small, wealthy, largely white, and concentrated in the Bay Area. In fact, 80 percent of the state's districts with parcel taxes are in the nine-county region.
California public school students performed worse last year on state standardized tests -- after years of slow but steady improvements. The decline comes as the state begins revamping the exams to align with even tougher standards.
Millions of California schoolchildren are strapping on their backpacks and heading to class this week to begin a new academic year. And this fall many teachers still have their jobs, thanks to Proposition 30, which is pumping new money into public education. Over the past five years, schools lost roughly $20 billion in state budget cuts, but the tax measure approved last fall is allowing many schools to finally start to recover.
Coming out of the Great Recession, a lot of California's 112 community colleges are looking a lot worse for wear. Years of budget cuts were brutal, but the hard times also exposed deficits in management at nearly a quarter of the colleges. Perhaps no campus epitomizes this dilemma more dramatically than the state's biggest: City College of San Francisco. It's the only school at risk of losing its accreditation.
The commission that accredits community colleges in the Western U.S. is now itself in hot water with the U.S. Department of Education over its review of City College of San Francisco. CCSF is not the only California school in the commission's target sights, but it's the only one to have its accreditation revoked.