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: email@example.com
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Research on the importance of sleep for high school students is prompting one California congresswoman to take act action. Zoe Lofgren is introducing legislation in Congress that would require the U.S. Department of Education to research the relationship between school start times and academic performance. Lofgren's action comes on the heels of an American Academy of Pediatrics study which found teenagers' school days should start around 8:30 am to improve learning.
If you're a public school parent or teacher, you know there have been a lot of changes in California's education system over the past year, from new academic standards to a new way of funding schools. Tom Torlakson has been overseeing all that change as superintendent of public instruction. Now he's up for re-election, and facing stiff competition from former charter school executive Marshall Tuck, who some say offers a bold new style of leadership.
The number of unaccompanied minors crossing the Mexican border has fallen off dramatically since the summer. But tens of thousands of children are still here in the US, thousands here in California, waiting in legal limbo. Lawmakers across the state are pushing for money to fund legal support for Central American kids, placed by immigration authorities in 14 counties. We begin today's show with a second visit to a family living this story in San Mateo County, south of San Francisco. Teenager Jennifer Cruz fled gang violence in El Salvador for a new life with her older sister. While she waits for the resolution of her legal case, she's been struggling to fit in at the local high school. Her sister Yesenia — who asked us not to use her last name — has been struggling to pay the bills.
University of California President Janet Napolitano says she wants the system to be a national leader on curbing sexual assault and violence on campus. A special UC task force released seven key recommendations at a Board of Regents meeting on Wednesday. Topping the list is the creation of an independent and confidential office at each campus for these cases.
Many children who fled Central America due to violence are now attending schools across California. Some districts are taking steps to prepare for the specific needs of these new students. Oakland Unified is one such system. It's perhaps the first district in the state that plans to hire an unaccompanied minor specialist.