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
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On Thursday, the State Board of Education is expected to vote on a historic new set of rules. Educators have been waiting on the new rules, because they spell out how public school districts should spend an influx of extra state funding on high-needs students.
Public schools are the biggest winners in Governor Jerry Brown's multi-billion-dollar budget proposal. Not only is there more money -- $10 billion more for K-12 -- there are also billions of dollars in debt repayment.
Governor Jerry Brown is expected to deliver his budget plan for the next fiscal year on Friday. With state tax revenues coming in well above expectations, there is a lot of discussion in Sacramento about where the windfall might be spent. State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced he wants to spend roughly $200 million in the first year alone on expanding transitional kindergarten, to make it available to all four year olds in public schools by 2020.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a personal appearance at City College of San Francisco on Monday to show her support for an institution she says is being unfairly punished by the Western Regional branch of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. To add to the college's troubles, it looks like students are staying away in droves.
Most public school kids in California are officially on winter break after a week capping a month of festive activities. But it can be a tricky time for teachers to navigate the fine line between teaching about religious holidays and celebrating holidays. And even teachers are at odds over how to deal with it in the classroom. We find out how this is playing out at one school in Santa Rosa.