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 (163 archives)
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.
Seventeen-year-old Jennifer Cruz fled El Salvador nine months ago to escape gang violence. Like hundreds of other Central American kids who came to California, Jennifer is trying to make her way through U.S. immigration court. Meanwhile, she's living with her sister, Yesenia, in San Mateo County -- they've been reunited after years apart.
On Wednesday, the University of California Board of Regents meets in San Francisco. On the agenda is a new task force on sexual violence and assault, formed by UC President Janet Napolitano.
The California Board of Education has unanimously approved new rules governing how school districts should spend extra state funds for their neediest students. Under the new funding system, districts with large numbers of at-risk students get thousands of dollars more per child. But districts aren't only going to have to spend the money directly on the neediest students, they'll also have to show how they're spending the money.
In a ruling heard around the country, a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has ruled California's teacher tenure rules are unconstitutional because they disproportionately saddle students in poor neighborhoods with the worst educators. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan immediately hailed the decision, even though it will be appealed, as an opportunity to build "a new framework for the teaching profession."