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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Many Democratic lawmakers want to step-up spending for programs like transitional kindergarten, widely believed to be a boon for students who get it. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has proposed making it available to every 4-year-old in California -- and a new report takes California to task for denying thousands of children access to transitional kindergarten.
A new report on state spending for higher education delivers discouraging news for graduating high school seniors. State funding per student at the University of California and Cal State systems remains near the lowest point in decades.
Four years ago, Californians were worried. They hated the deep budget cuts at their local schools, and they wanted the state to make education a top priority. Today, Californians say they like the way education is headed in the Golden State. That's based on an annual survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). What happened? PPIC's survey director points to Common Core, a new set of academic standards.
Many California community college students are starting to register for summer classes. In many cases there aren't enough classes to go around, and that means students might end up on long waiting lists. Long Beach City College in Southern California is experimenting with a plan, approved by the Legislature last fall, that guarantees students a seat in class. That is, if they're willing to pay more.
The number of students suspended or expelled from public schools in California dropped last year according to a recent report. But student advocates want lawmakers to do more to end what they call overly harsh discipline policies.