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
Stories (143 archives)
Teacher tenure is a hot political topic in California these days. There's at least one major lawsuit pending in Los Angeles, and later today in Sacramento, the San Jose Unified School District will ask the State Board of Education to give it more flexibility to determine when teachers deserve seniority.
Two bills proposed in the state legislature would give public school districts more money to cover the escalating costs of putting buses on the road. A new report indicates California needs to rethink the way it funds school transportation all together.
In about five weeks, California public school kids will take the state's first-ever online standardized exam. It's only a practice test, but the assessment will measure student learning based on new academic standards called Common Core. Experts say this "testing of the test" will reveal whether the state's public school system can handle 6 million students using computers, laptops or tablets to answer questions.
A new report from the state's Legislative Analyst's Office says Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to freeze tuition now will just shift the burden of new increases to the next recession. The LAO also rejected his overall plan for funding higher education.
California students who don't identify with the gender of their birth have new rights under a state law that took effect January 1. The School Success and Opportunity Act allows transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity. Opponents are challenging the new policies, and they'll find out next month if their referendum to repeal the law qualified for the November ballot. We visit one rural town that got a head start on accommodating transgender kids.