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John Fensterwald, staff writer, joined EdSource in 2012. Before that, he was editor and co-writer for the “Thoughts on Public Education (TOP-Ed)” website, a leading source of California education policy reporting and opinion, which he founded in 2009. For 11 years before then, John wrote editorials for the Mercury News in San Jose, with a focus on education. He worked as a reporter, news editor and opinion editor for three newspapers in New Hampshire for two decades before receiving a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 1997 and heading West. His wife is a retired elementary school teacher, and his daughter attends the UC Davis School of Medicine.
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The governor proposes $1.5 billion over 5 years on incentives for new teachers and grants managed by a small agency to fix highest poverty schools.
February 18, 2020
Annual PACE/USC Rossier poll also finds support for increasing teacher pay, requiring ethnic studies and taking action to prevent gun violence.
February 11, 2020
Tony Thurmond says the curriculum should focus on African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, and Native Americans.
February 6, 2020
What California voters need to know about proposed $15 billion school construction bond: a quick guide
The state bond will underwrite some construction costs of schools and universities, with extra help for low-income districts.
January 31, 2020
The LAO would spend more money on pension relief and funding formula and less on teacher shortage, community schools.
January 22, 2020
A new website would let the public see how much any district is — or is not — spending on “high-needs” students.
January 21, 2020
With nearly $4 billion in new money, Newsom would also like to invest in improving special education services and expanding community schools.
January 11, 2020
State board makes it easier to follow the money; two bills would impose even stricter reporting requirements.
January 9, 2020
He forged a compromise to revise California's charter school law and gave districts unexpected help to pay employee pension obligations.
January 3, 2020
Gov. Newsom will bring the school bond to victory but steer clear of the "split-roll" initiative. You can bet your Fensters on it.
January 2, 2020
He is one of the longest-serving urban superintendents, praised for his collaborative style and his role in improving student achievement.
December 19, 2019
Team of mentors and counselors from San Jose charter high keep in touch to ease transition to college for first-generation college students.
December 18, 2019
Fewer districts will require help from county offices, but colors tell a bigger story; disparities among student groups persist.
December 12, 2019
A coalition organized by Children Now wants the governor to negotiate with Prop. 13 reformers for one tax initiative on the November ballot.