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Stories by Ana Tintocalis

A Push To Get More Students To Do Their Homework

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An effort to get more Latino and black students to do their homework is under way in San Diego.

Renewed Focus on Schoolyard Bullying Prompts New Measures

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A former La Jolla Country Day School student’s court appearance in a lawsuit on Monday highlights a renewed national focus on bullying in schools.

School Teachers Keep Chavez's Legacy Alive

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San Diego school teachers are doing their part to keep Cesar Chavez's memory alive nearly two decades after his death.

SD Schools Won't Use Library Money To Save Teachers

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San Diego City Schools will not use money earmarked for the city's downtown library to save teaching jobs. The trustees, however, did agree to spare some positions.

San Diego Unified Changes Graduation Requirements

San Diego Unified School District will boost its graduation requirements so more students can apply to a public university in California.

SD College Students Use Creative Tactics To Help Japan

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San Diego college students are taking a break from their studies to raise money for the people of Japan. They’re using creative methods to get donations.

Education Czar Says Teens Not Academically Prepared to Enter Military

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The nation’s education secretary Arne Duncan said too many teenagers can’t get into the military because they are not academically prepared. He joined military officials on Wednesday in San Diego to focus on the problem.

San Diego County Crowns A New Spelling Bee Champ

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There is a new spelling bee champ in San Diego County. The 7th grader hails from Francis Parker School in San Diego. She studied more than 20,000 words for the big match.

San Diego School Lunchrooms Go Green

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San Diego school lunchrooms are increasingly going green. In fact, the San Diego Unified School District is tapping into the ‘farm-to-table movement’ found in many restaurants today.

San Diegans Reach Out to Familes in Japan

Watching images of Japan’s devastation has been especially difficult for those with friends and family in the country.

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The Death of Foreign Exchange Student Austin Bice

San Diego State University students are mourning the loss of 22-year old Austin Bice. The exchange student, just weeks into his semester in Spain, was found dead on Tuesday in a river in Madrid. The death of a student overseas is the worst fear of every parent with a child in a foreign exchange program. We'll learn a little more about those programs, and how students are prepared to take care of themselves abroad.

Exchange Student's Death Sparks Concerns About Study Abroad

San Diego State University students are grieving over the loss of Austin Bice. The 22-year-old exchange student was found in a Madrid river. This is not the first time an SDSU student has died overseas.

Broccoli: It's What For Lunch In San Diego Schools

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Roughly 9,000 pounds of locally grown broccoli will be chopped-up and served to San Diego school kids over the next few days. It is part of the San Diego Unified School District’s farm-to-school movement.

School Trustee Supports Pay, Benefit Cuts To Save Money

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A San Diego City school board member wants to ask teachers a tough question: Would they be willing to take a pay cut and pay even more at the doctor’s office to save their jobs?

College Students Use Noodles To Get Point Across

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San Diego community college students say they can't afford to pay $300 more in student fees next year. They took to the streets of downtown San Diego on Wednesday to get that message across.


Seuss Goes Digital For Next Generation Of Readers

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The man behind Dr. Seuss, Theodor Geisel, would be 107 years old today. Now, his legacy of more than 40 children's books is going digital.

Poway Teachers Protected From Budget Ax

Poway teachers will be protected from the budget ax. The Poway Unified School District is one of a few school districts that will not issue layoff notices in March.

SD Schools Wants A Piece of the Redevelopment Pie

San Diego City school officials want to fast-track a $64 million check from the city’s downtown redevelopment agency.

UCSD's Concert Deal To Put Campus On Musical Map

UC San Diego signed a five-year deal with a major player in the world of concert promotions. Live performances are now expected to put the university on the musical map.

Hundreds Of SD Teachers Could Face Layoffs

The San Diego Unified School District has pinpointed teaching jobs that could get cut due to its projected budget shortfall. Elementary school teachers would take the biggest hit.

UCSD Makes Slow But Steady Progress In Diversity

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UC San Diego officials say they’re making steady progress in creating a more diverse campus, but students say there’s still a very long way to go.

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San Diego Gang Stories Retrospective

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What's the gang world like in America's Finest City? For several months, KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has been compiling a series of reports that she calls San Diego Gang Stories. It explains local gangs through the eyes of the people who come in contact with them. For the next hour, we'll bring you a special report that incorporates this series of Gang Stories.

From Juvenile Hall To The Classroom

A recent report finds nearly half of teenage boys arrested in San Diego County are gang members. When they return home from juvenile hall, they are faced with living a normal lifestyle, which includes going back to school.

San Diego Unified Begins Layoff Process

San Diego School officials plan to balance their budget by laying off 1,300 school workers, including 500 teachers. The rest are nurses, librarians, counselors and classroom assistants.

San Diego School Principals Wield Budget Ax

San Diego City schools could layoff more than 1,300 employees, including 500 teachers. That’s based on the district’s “worst case budget scenario” which the school board will consider approving on Thursday.

Can You Spare A Dime For San Diego City Schools?

San Diego's cash-strapped school district considers starting a foundation to solicit contributions.

National City Teacher Strike Averted

A teachers strike has been averted in National City. That means 350 public school teachers will be in their classrooms today.

Poway Students Connect To Space Via Ham Radio

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Poway students spoke directly to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station on Thursday morning.

National City Strike Put On Hold

National City public-school teachers hope a strike planned for Friday will be averted through mediation.

National City Teachers Could Call Strike Soon

National City labor leaders will decide at a meeting this afternoon whether public-school teachers there could go soon on strike.

SD County Uses Graffiti Database To Nab Vandals

Graffiti vandals in San Diego County could face stiffer penalties if they're caught painting public property. That's because the county now relies on a digital database to prosecute taggers.

How Would You Balance The State's Budget?

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How would ordinary people eliminate the state’s $28 billion deficit and balance California’s budget? KPBS News reporters took a crack at it using an ingenious web tool created by The Los Angeles Times.

CA Students Doing Poorly In Science

More than half of eighth-grade students in California are performing poorly in science. That's based on a national assessment referred to as the "Nation's Report Card."

Local Gang Members Become 'Foot Soldiers' Of Drug Cartels

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San Diego street gangs historically lay claim to their own neighborhoods. But investigators say their allegiance now extends beyond their own turf and across the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Shrinking UC System: What The Budget Cuts Mean

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The University of California's Board of Regents capped its three-day meeting in San Diego this week with a dire message: The UC system that put California on the map could unravel.

UC President Warns Of Possible Layoffs, Program Cuts

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University of California campuses may have to layoff hundreds of faculty members and enroll more out-of-state students to deal with Gov. Jerry Brown's budget cuts. The UC Board of Regents met yesterday in San Diego to talk about their next steps.

SD County Supervisors Look To Crack Down On 'Gang Pimps'

San Diego County will lead the way in trying to aggressively punish and prosecute so-called “gang pimps” in California. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to sponsor new state legislation in Sacramento.


Young, Hip Librarians Take Over

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The American Library Association capped its national conference at the San Diego Convention Center by honoring creators of children's books. One recurring theme at the conference was how libraries stay relevant in the lives of young readers as many librarians near retirement.


E-Books Poses Challenges For Nation's Libraries

Librarians from across the country are in San Diego for the next several days taking part in a national conference about the state of libraries. Organizers say one challenge most libraries are facing is the e-book revolution.

SD College Instructor Killed In His Tijuana Apartment

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Friends of a San Diego college instructor who was stabbed to death in Tijuana Dec. 18 say his body was flown back to the Philippines on Wednesday for burial.

Student Fees Settlement Allows Families To Recoup Money

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The California Secretary of Education says public schools must stop requiring its students to pay for materials and programs at their campuses. A legal settlement now requires schools to refund the money if the practice continues.

Veteran School Board Member Hangs Up His Gloves

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A man who has become synonymous with San Diego school board politics is officially hanging up his gloves today. John de Beck has served on San Diego's school board for 20 years.

Teenagers Killed By Gang Members To Be Remembered

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Southeast San Diego was devastated two years ago by a gang-related, double-homicide. The victims: Two teenagers who were rising stars at their schools. Residents and students will remember the two young teens this Sunday, and call for an end to gang violence.

Family These Days

SD Compassion Project Helps Grieving Families

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Residents living in San Diego's inner city say the grief and anger over gang-related homicides never completely goes away. In fact, the families who've lost loved ones say they often suffer from ongoing post traumatic stress disorder and severe depression. The San Diego Compassion Project is helping families in the grieving process.

Southwestern Community College President Resigns

The embattled president of Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday. Dr. Raj K. Chopra is stepping down almost two years before his contract officially ends.

'Gang Pimps' Power Over Girls

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Federal investigators say one out of three teenage girls living on the streets will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. Many of those young girls fall prey to street gangs. As part of our series, San Diego Gang Stories, we take a look at how prostitution is the new drug for San Diego gang members.

Report Links Street Gangs To Child Prostitution

A new report says local street gangs are partly to blame for an increase in teenage prostitution in San Diego County. Now county supervisors want to strengthen penalties for sexual exploitation.


San Ysidro Gets Connected To The World Wide Web

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The Internet is something many of us take for granted. But for families in San Ysidro, it’s considered a luxury. Now a new project is bridging the digital divide in this border city.

Five-Term Incumbent Loses School Board Race

Scott Barnett beat five-term incumbent John de Beck for the San Diego Unified School District C school board seat. Barnett is a former executive director of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

SD School Tax Fails

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The Proposition J parcel tax to raise revenue for San Diego city schools went down to defeat.

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