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)
The new funding formula for K-12 schools in California sets aside extra money for districts with many at-risk students. That is to say, kids who are in foster care, come from low-income homes, or are still learning English. Districts get to choose how to spend the money, but their budgets will be judged by how well they improve outcomes. Here's a look at early steps in Oakland Unified, where 80 percent of students are considered at risk.
Some 1,500 public schools across California are scrambling to re-count their low-income student populations. The State Education Department says it needs more accurate data, so schools are complying to get the money attached to the count.
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday tossing out the state's 16-year-old standardized testing program, known as STAR. Schools are dropping the old bubble-in multiple choice paper tests, and switching to a digital system designed with the coming Common Core standards in mind.
Today marks the start of a new era for the University of California. Janet Napolitano, the former U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security, begins her tenure as UC's 20th president.
The University of California is turning to the people of California to help fund scholarships. The new "Promise for Education" initiative relies on people to raise money through social networking. It's one of the more creative ways UC President Mark Yudof is trying to make ends meet. Yudof steps down at the end of this month after five turbulent years.