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 (172 archives)
The state's largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, is once again under pressure to find a new leader. The interim superintendent Ramon Cortines surprised many people last week when he announced that he's making an early exit.
The state's new budget gives California public schools a surprising boost in funding. K-12 schools, community colleges and preschools will get close to $70 billion in state money, a more than 12 percent increase from last year.
A new report finds the Central Valley of Bakersfield has one of the nation's largest populations of young people who are not going to school or going to work. The report from "Measure of America" finds that one in five teenagers and young adults are sitting idle in Bakersfield. Two other cities with the highest rates of so-called "disconnected youth" are Memphis, Tennessee, and Lakeland, Florida.
Teachers' unions from Los Angeles to Santa Rosa have been winning big and getting long-awaited pay raises. Some of those districts are using money from the new state funding for students who are English language learners, low income or in foster care. But there are children's advocacy groups questioning whether districts are allowed to use that money for pay raises.
Jennifer Cruz is a 17-year-old from El Salvador who's attending high school in San Mateo County, just south of San Francisco. We've been following her story since she arrived last year to live with her sister Yesenia. She's one of tens of thousands of Central American kids who came to the U.S. illegally on their own last year. Many of them were fleeing gang violence. In Jennifer's case, gang members were threatening to kidnap and rape her. Cruz is now fighting to stay in this country through a special kind of immigration relief. But building her legal case is forcing her to confront a painful family secret.