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 (154 archives)
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."
Graduating from high school is an undeniable achievement for every kid, but some kids struggle harder to get on that stage and wave that diploma. Reaching out to kids at risk of failing isn't so easy. Many adults want to be able to connect, but can't. We visit Mission High School in San Francisco to meet one woman with a knack for shepherding teens up on to that stage.
UC Regents met this week in Sacramento. Governor Jerry Brown, who attended the meeting, came to throw his support behind decreasing freshmen enrollment in favor of welcoming more California community college transfer students. UC President Janet Napolitano wants more students from underrepresented parts of the state.
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.