All posts by John Fensterwald


Districts split on high school math choicesAugust 12, 2014

New twist to old debate on accelerated mathAugust 12, 2014

Judge: State must help all English learnersAugust 12, 2014

Task force urges remake of civics educationAugust 7, 2014

Backers push to put school bond on ballotAugust 5, 2014

Report says new teachers face ‘bumpy path’July 28, 2014

Feds back English learner lawsuit against stateJuly 24, 2014

Initiatives you won’t see on November ballotJuly 21, 2014

Vergara ruling becomes campaign issueJuly 17, 2014

CalSTRS reports a big year of earningsJuly 14, 2014

Draft revision of LCAP rules moves forwardJuly 10, 2014

Report urges more active state role in Common CoreJuly 9, 2014

LCAP library now open for readersJuly 8, 2014

Proposed changes to LCAP renew debateJuly 6, 2014

Final ruling in Vergara could be years in comingJune 30, 2014

Poll finds Common Core opposition risingJune 26, 2014

Bill simplifying teacher firings now lawJune 26, 2014

East Side Union board passes LCAP with a caveatJune 20, 2014

San Jose district, teachers file bill seeking exception to tenure lawJune 20, 2014

Charter schools’ $100,000 opposition helps sink district’s bond measureJune 19, 2014

Cap on district reserves passes despite lawmakers’ reservationsJune 16, 2014

Districts protesting closed-door deal restricting control over their budgetsJune 13, 2014

More money for Common Core, early ed and LCFF in final budgetJune 12, 2014

Free online course arms parents with basics to get involved in education issuesJune 12, 2014

Judge strikes down all 5 teacher protection laws in Vergara lawsuitJune 10, 2014

Hundreds of organizations sign statement backing Common CoreJune 5, 2014

Legislators want districts to be explicit about how they’re targeting dollarsJune 4, 2014

State superintendent candidates brace for another round of big spendingJune 4, 2014

School bonds, parcel taxes win bigJune 4, 2014

Race for state superintendent heated despite agreement on two key issuesMay 30, 2014

$9 billion school construction bond moves toward November ballotMay 28, 2014

Lawmakers open to brief reprieve from big payments for teacher pensionsMay 22, 2014

East Side Union listens, rethinks, revises draft accountability planMay 18, 2014

In revised budget, Gov. Brown details costly 30-year plan to fix teacher pensionsMay 13, 2014

Intervention agency inches closer to starting work with school districtsMay 12, 2014

Compromise on rainy day fund downplays Prop. 98 reserveMay 12, 2014

Recruiting students for meals program pays off for East Side UnionMay 11, 2014

State board denies San Jose Unified exception to 2-year teacher tenure lawMay 8, 2014

Governor’s proposed rainy day reserve for education would rarely be filledApril 27, 2014

Survey finds Californians back both Common Core and new funding formulaApril 23, 2014

County offices to cut districts some slack for now on their LCAPsApril 20, 2014

Wanted: districts interested in being early adopters of new science standardsApril 17, 2014

At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core testApril 14, 2014

Sacramento City Unified won’t renew No Child Left Behind waiverApril 9, 2014

Deal in L.A. Unified designed to protect 37 high-needs schools from layoffsApril 9, 2014

Deal announced on teacher dismissal bill that governor would supportApril 4, 2014

Ellen Moir honored for work preparing new teachersApril 4, 2014

Ed-Data updates information on districts’ financesApril 3, 2014

U.S. teens better problem solvers than expected in latest international testApril 1, 2014

Attorneys give final arguments in Vergara suit challenging laws for teacher hiring, firingMarch 28, 2014

Uniform standards urged for reclassifying English learnersMarch 26, 2014

Mixed results for charter schools statewide in new studyMarch 24, 2014

One superintendent’s spending priority for new state funds: social workersMarch 23, 2014

Legislators to state board: Consider changes to school funding rulesMarch 21, 2014

Los Angeles charter schools record among the biggest learning gains in nationMarch 18, 2014

State Board makes it official: No API scores for next two yearsMarch 14, 2014

State Board punts, for now, on San Jose's request for waiver from tenure lawMarch 12, 2014

San Jose Unified, teachers to ask State Board for waiver from tenure lawMarch 10, 2014

Crisis over: California gets waiver for Common Core field tests without penaltiesMarch 7, 2014

Former superintendent backs tenure, layoff laws as defense opens in 'Vergara' lawsuitMarch 5, 2014

Judge denies motion to dismiss lawsuit challenging teacher job protectionsMarch 4, 2014

Loss of supermajority in Senate could doom vote on 55 percent majority for parcel taxMarch 4, 2014

School Boards Association rises to challenge, proposes teacher dismissal billFebruary 26, 2014

Legislative Analyst suggests 3 ways to fix school busing formulaFebruary 26, 2014

Great year for CalSTRS won't alter need for big increase in contributionsFebruary 17, 2014

Proposed initiative would give school districts back their property taxesFebruary 14, 2014

Charter schools association continues push to weed out low-scoring schoolsFebruary 11, 2014

StudentsFirst forming small donor campaign fund for local, state electionsFebruary 10, 2014

CORE districts' tackling of tough issues impresses federal officialFebruary 6, 2014

Assembly Speaker vows to tackle challenge of teacher pensions this yearJanuary 29, 2014

In landmark trial, both sides debate whether teacher protection laws fail studentsJanuary 27, 2014

Lawsuit challenging teacher tenure, seniority protections goes to court next weekJanuary 24, 2014

State Board patiently listens, then quickly passes regs for funding lawJanuary 16, 2014

State Board poised to elevate parents' role in setting district prioritiesJanuary 14, 2014

Hundreds expected to speak their 1-minute piece to State BoardJanuary 14, 2014

LAO commends Brown's budget, predicts even more money for schoolsJanuary 13, 2014

Latest – but outdated – Ed Week survey ranks California 50th in per pupil spendingJanuary 13, 2014

Brown projects big increase in school spending in next state budgetJanuary 9, 2014

Gates Foundation considers major Common Core grant program in CaliforniaJanuary 8, 2014

Draft regs detail how much districts must spend on high-needs studentsJanuary 4, 2014

Torlakson calls for giving school districts more money for Common CoreDecember 31, 2013

Taking stock of Jonathan Raymond's tenure and legacy at Sac CityDecember 21, 2013

Two-week delay in posting spending regs for K-12 funding formulaDecember 20, 2013

Draft of local accountability plan – key piece of funding formula – open for commentDecember 13, 2013

Special Education Task Force to hold initial meeting Tuesday in Redwood CityDecember 13, 2013

Ballot measure filed to speed up dismissals of teachers charged with sexual assault, abuseDecember 12, 2013

Some sober words for school boards amid predictions of plentyDecember 8, 2013

Common Core could help U.S. scores rise on international testDecember 5, 2013

New chair named for key Assembly education subcommitteeDecember 4, 2013

U.S. scores stagnant, other nations pass us by in latest international testDecember 3, 2013

Once lured by incentive grants, most teachers stuck around at new campuses, study saysNovember 26, 2013

Top legislators join critics of proposed regs for new funding formulaNovember 25, 2013

Rocketship charter schools singled out in California as Race to the Top finalistNovember 25, 2013

Torlakson seeks testing waiver to avoid conflict with fedsNovember 21, 2013

LAO projects huge Prop. 98 increase for K-12, community colleges next yearNovember 20, 2013

Brown's choice: California ignores annual survey on states' use of ed dataNovember 20, 2013

Special education now on Sacramento's radar; task force to take long lookNovember 15, 2013

After 5 hours of testimony, State Board sends funding law regs back for revisionsNovember 7, 2013

Charter schools add 49,000 students, now serve 8.4 percent of state studentsNovember 7, 2013

States' testing exec embraces California's controversial decision for Common Core testsNovember 7, 2013

Advocates pile on criticisms of draft funding formula regulationsNovember 5, 2013

State Board executive director optimistic conflict with feds over testing can be resolvedNovember 4, 2013

Feds set price of defiance on standardized tests: at least $15 millionOctober 30, 2013

Proposed spending regs give districts leeway to choose how to serve high-needs studentsOctober 28, 2013

Districts confirm they're moving ahead with Common CoreOctober 25, 2013

California groups publish how-to guide for districts on Common CoreOctober 24, 2013

API will soon lose its clout as shorthand for defining school successOctober 23, 2013

What's next for standardized testing in California?October 22, 2013

Davis Unified drops parcel tax on apartments, settles lawsuitOctober 21, 2013

Stanford professor finds Michelle Rhee's teacher evaluation system was effectiveOctober 17, 2013

Brown vetoes teacher dismissal bill, urges one more attempt at a fixOctober 10, 2013

Most districts say they're equipped and ready for new Common Core testsOctober 10, 2013

Amid heavy lobbying, Brown must decide teacher dismissal billOctober 8, 2013

Commission considers performance tests for administrators in trainingSeptember 26, 2013

EdSource feature turns states' ed data into charts in motionSeptember 26, 2013

Teacher, two superintendents to hold key positions on funding law's new agencySeptember 19, 2013

California won't qualify for testing waiver under new federal guidelinesSeptember 18, 2013

Brown not backing away from decision to suspend state standardized testsSeptember 17, 2013

Bill reforming process of firing teachers resurfaces with amendmentsSeptember 11, 2013

Despite looming showdown with feds, Senate passes standardized testing billSeptember 11, 2013

Duncan threatens repercussions if California ends state tests for all studentsSeptember 9, 2013

State Board adopts national K-12 Next Generation Science StandardsSeptember 5, 2013

Common Core practice test would replace state math and English tests next yearSeptember 4, 2013

Civil rights groups dispute memo to State Board on new funding formulaSeptember 3, 2013

Goodbye, API: Get ready for rough transition to better system of measuring schoolsAugust 29, 2013

Duncan wants to end test for disabled students that California overusedAugust 27, 2013

Schools rising from budget depths, EdSource report findsAugust 22, 2013

Former head of alternative schools in Los Angeles challenging Tom TorlaksonAugust 21, 2013

L.A. Unified union, district at odds over best way to train teachers for Common CoreAugust 20, 2013

State Board must find balance between rules and flexibilityAugust 13, 2013

Common Core poses big challenge for students, big opportunity for teachersAugust 12, 2013

Eight California districts receive historic NCLB waiverAugust 6, 2013

California committed to move forward with Common Core tests as plannedAugust 1, 2013

Advocates: Start spending new money now on high-needs studentsJuly 25, 2013

Charter school leaders generally pleased with Gov. Brown’s new funding systemJuly 24, 2013

Districts leave Washington without waiver but still confident one is comingJuly 22, 2013

A new K-12 funding system demands new thinking in building local budgetsJuly 18, 2013

CORE districts to make final personal pitch for No Child Left Behind waiverJuly 16, 2013

Effort to shorten process of firing teachers faltering againJuly 7, 2013

Infusion of money for career education in new state budgetJuly 2, 2013

Amended bill to rein in high-cost construction bonds moves onJune 28, 2013

Brown signs state budget with big changes for health care, K-12 fundingJune 27, 2013

After legal ruling leaves some parcel taxes in jeopardy, clarity must come from LegislatureJune 27, 2013

More charters, including those in California, outperform district schools in reading, study saysJune 25, 2013

Districts to get $1.25 billion this fall to implement Common CoreJune 23, 2013

Duncan grants relief to some schools facing two sets of standardized tests next yearJune 20, 2013

State Board handed job of defining rules of new funding systemJune 14, 2013

Michael Kirst, father of new school funding formula, looks back and at the work aheadJune 12, 2013

It's a deal: Brown, top lawmakers raise base funding in finance formulaJune 11, 2013

Funding reform worries potential 'loser' schools within 'winning' districtsJune 7, 2013

No agreement yet on how to hold districts accountable for new state moneyJune 7, 2013

No year’s delay: Deal likely on school finance reform, Steinberg saysJune 6, 2013

Q&A: Lessons for California from New Jersey's 'Improbable Scholars'June 3, 2013

Poll showing strong voter support for revised budgetMay 31, 2013

Disparities in education can crush aspirations in heart of Silicon ValleyMay 29, 2013

Nine districts resubmit 'stronger' application for NCLB waiverMay 28, 2013

Assembly adds its version of school finance reform to the mixMay 24, 2013

San Jose teachers, board adopt landmark teacher evaluation systemMay 23, 2013

Brown commits $1 billion for Common Core, sticks with funding formulaMay 14, 2013

School funding will be focus, source of contention, of Brown's revised budgetMay 13, 2013

Lower-income districts would benefit from 55 percent parcel tax threshold, study suggestsMay 10, 2013

Common Core test is on track, State Board toldMay 9, 2013

Summer enrichment programs prove their valueMay 6, 2013

California looks to Ontario schools' reformer for guidanceMay 2, 2013

Duncan says it's still possible for state to get NCLB waiverMay 1, 2013

Rocketship Education's next phase: technology in a blended classroomApril 30, 2013

Advocacy groups urge rejection of NCLB waiver for California districtsApril 29, 2013

Democrats split on timing, specifics of Brown's funding formulaApril 26, 2013

Brown fights back, responds to critics of his funding formulaApril 24, 2013

Democratic senators offer alternative to Brown's funding formulaApril 23, 2013

Math framework for Common Core ready for your critiqueApril 17, 2013

Apples to apples comparison of Brown's funding formulaApril 10, 2013

Brown's funding plan faces vigorous review – and speed bumpApril 5, 2013

Bill would protect adult ed, career tech while extending local controlApril 4, 2013

Teacher dismissal bill off and running with committee approvalApril 3, 2013

Aspire and State Board give up fight over controversial chartersApril 3, 2013

StudentsFirst hires former Assembly Speaker NúñezMarch 28, 2013

Promising signs, potential lessons from Long Beach College PromiseMarch 28, 2013

U.S. Ed Department agrees to review 9 districts' plan for NCLB waiverMarch 27, 2013

Budget cuts create unprecedented stress on community collegesMarch 26, 2013

Poll finds the less you make, the more you like Brown's school finance reformMarch 25, 2013

Torlakson, Kirst write letter supporting nine-district NCLB waiverMarch 22, 2013

In meeting of the minds, CTA also backs teacher dismissal billMarch 22, 2013

Oakland pulls Americian Indian charters, citing mismanagementMarch 22, 2013

Solving teacher retirement system's shortfall would cost billionsMarch 21, 2013

Sen. Padilla drops his teacher dismissal billMarch 21, 2013

Ed Committee backs crackdown on interest-deferred bondsMarch 20, 2013

Legislative Analyst urges conditions on selling propertyMarch 20, 2013

Alternative bill to speed up teacher dismissals introducedMarch 20, 2013

Committee wrestles with incorporating graduation rate into APIMarch 19, 2013

Most State Board members back districts' NCLB waiverMarch 14, 2013

Dramatic dip in ‘pink slips’ given to teachersMarch 14, 2013

State Board eliminates incentives to offer Algebra in 8th gradeMarch 13, 2013

Brown's school funding formula lauded, then picked apart at hearingMarch 13, 2013

Diane Ravitch to lead new organization into political trenchesMarch 8, 2013

Victorious LAUSD incumbent vows to keep challenging DeasyMarch 7, 2013

Brown's former adviser: Aim for balance behind shift to local controlMarch 6, 2013

Worst is over: Sharp decline in districts in financial straitsMarch 5, 2013

Pursuit of college financial aid varies widely among high schoolsMarch 1, 2013

Nine districts submit waiver for relief from NCLBFebruary 28, 2013

Districts drop at-large elections to comply with voting rights lawFebruary 27, 2013

For now, K-12 districts can wait and watch sequestration unrollFebruary 27, 2013

LAO would cut money from basic aid districts, other programs Brown would protectFebruary 26, 2013

Bill would open the door to undergraduate teaching credentialsFebruary 25, 2013

Study compliments and questions Brown's funding formulaFebruary 22, 2013

State releases district breakdowns under school funding formulaFebruary 20, 2013

LAUSD's Deasy, union spar over teacher evaluation measuresFebruary 16, 2013

LAUSD approves $50 million in bonds for student computersFebruary 13, 2013

API penalties for not offering 8th grade Algebra to be droppedFebruary 13, 2013

CalSTRS board to forward options for saving teacher pensionsFebruary 12, 2013

Another trophy in the case for Long Beach UnifiedFebruary 7, 2013

Districts must return to 180-day instructional year by 2015-16February 7, 2013

Districts pocketing school lunch money for other expensesFebruary 7, 2013

Brown details how to hold districts accountable under funding reformFebruary 5, 2013

Bill would allow charging commercial properties a bigger parcel taxFebruary 3, 2013

Rocketship's cofounder departing for online learning startupJanuary 31, 2013

State ordered to pay back districts $1 billion for 20-year-old mandateJanuary 30, 2013

LAUSD to compete with charters to run 'parent trigger' schoolJanuary 29, 2013

Brown lashes out at regulators and testers, makes case for his reformsJanuary 24, 2013

In his own words: Brown on education in the State of the StateJanuary 24, 2013

ACLU warns it will sue state over 20,000 unserved English learnersJanuary 24, 2013

Silicon Valley charters get $1.7 million for 'blended learning'January 23, 2013

United Teachers Los Angeles approves teacher evaluation dealJanuary 19, 2013

'Parent trigger' organizers find willing partner in Los Angeles UnifiedJanuary 19, 2013

Legislative leaders assert role in shaping school finance planJanuary 17, 2013

Districts urged to hold off buying high-risk construction bondsJanuary 17, 2013

It’s final: State Board shifts policy on eighth grade AlgebraJanuary 17, 2013

It's final: State Board shifts policy on eighth grade AlgebraJanuary 17, 2013

Brown names combination adviser and State Board executive directorJanuary 16, 2013

Districts preparing their own request for NCLB waiverJanuary 15, 2013

California drops to 49th in school spending in annual Ed Week reportJanuary 14, 2013

With more money to spend, Brown launches K-12 funding reformJanuary 11, 2013

'Parent trigger' backers notch first win with charter in AdelantoJanuary 9, 2013

Legislature to consider suspending state tests ahead of Common CoreJanuary 9, 2013

Torlakson suggests suspending many state testsJanuary 8, 2013

EdWatch 2013: Teacher evaluation law will be taken on againJanuary 7, 2013

EdWatch 2013: School finance reform reduxJanuary 4, 2013

Federal cuts to education left unresolvedJanuary 2, 2013

Feds deny state a No Child Left Behind waiverDecember 21, 2012

Mum's the word on uses for Zuckerberg's $500 million foundation giftDecember 20, 2012

Appeals court imposes restrictions on parcel taxesDecember 20, 2012

Districts face questions in spending long-term bonds for short-lived technologyDecember 17, 2012

Darling-Hammond elected new chair of Credentialing CommissionDecember 10, 2012

Credentialing commission imposes tougher test to become school administratorDecember 10, 2012

Many math students are flailing, repeating courses without successDecember 6, 2012

Los Angeles Unified, union cut deal on test scores and evaluationsNovember 30, 2012

Abuse records don’t follow some school workersNovember 30, 2012

Renewed push for a 55 percent threshold to pass parcel taxNovember 29, 2012

Four CA districts make Race to the Top finalsNovember 27, 2012

Great uncertainty over direction of state standardized testsNovember 26, 2012

Fiscal cliff, with federal cuts, not imminent for school districtsNovember 20, 2012

New Assembly Education chair skeptical of plan for weighted fundingNovember 15, 2012

Analysis shows differences in teacher effectiveness in LAUSDNovember 15, 2012

Los Angeles tops nation in charter school enrollmentNovember 15, 2012

This time, groups get to say their piece on weighted student fundingNovember 13, 2012

Local votes of confidence: Most bonds, parcel taxes passNovember 9, 2012

Ed advocates foresee new era with supermajorityNovember 8, 2012

Big win for schools as Prop 30 defies pollsNovember 7, 2012

Principal convicted for not reporting suspected sex abuseNovember 6, 2012

Fresno coaxes union to sign, enters Race to the TopNovember 3, 2012

Big districts divided over cutting school year if Prop. 30 failsNovember 2, 2012

San Jose Unified, teachers reach breakthrough evaluation, pay planOctober 31, 2012

Boards, teachers must be careful to toe the line on advocacyOctober 30, 2012

Report: weighted student formula alone not enoughOctober 26, 2012

CTA’s big push, winning hearts and minds, one voter at a timeOctober 22, 2012

Desert Trails parents choose charter operator, next step in 'parent trigger'October 19, 2012

Parents, teachers can now sample Common Core test questionsOctober 19, 2012

$25 million gift to make Bay Area center for blending online instruction into school dayOctober 17, 2012

California test results on the up and up – partlyOctober 12, 2012

The grit factor: hard to measure, hard to succeed withoutOctober 11, 2012

Munger-funded "compare and contrast" ad criticizes Prop. 30October 9, 2012

Rift widens between backers of ed initiatives 30 and 38October 9, 2012

Credentialing Commission receptive to Torlakson's Task Force reformsOctober 2, 2012

Once castigated, Commission on Teacher Credentialing is praisedSeptember 28, 2012

State Board gets authority to pare back 8th grade math standardsSeptember 28, 2012

Brown signs bill moving API away from standardized testsSeptember 27, 2012

New 2-year lease on life for 163 Partnership AcademiesSeptember 26, 2012

Reform by the ounce, unfunded pension debt by the poundSeptember 25, 2012

Brown signs bill spelling out evaluations (for principals)September 23, 2012

Skeptical unions pose challenge to districts' Race to the TopSeptember 20, 2012

Brown kills bill establishing study committee on school financeSeptember 20, 2012

11 parcel taxes, 44 school bonds on November ballotSeptember 18, 2012

Residue of once-promising finance reform bill in Brown's handsSeptember 18, 2012

Far-reaching plan to strengthen teaching in CaliforniaSeptember 11, 2012

Steinberg hoping this time Brown will sign bill changing APISeptember 7, 2012

CalSTRS estimates $22.7 billion savings from pension reformSeptember 6, 2012

Prop 38 sponsor says ed initiative will upset pollsSeptember 6, 2012

State Board now can wade back into eighth grade math debateSeptember 5, 2012

Fuentes withdraws teacher evaluation billAugust 31, 2012

More amendments coming to AB 5, including sunset clauseAugust 30, 2012

Pension reform: top-paid administrators to take biggest hitAugust 29, 2012

Zoning exemption for Rocketship charter riles local districtsAugust 27, 2012

Fuentes agrees to compromises on AB 5: Are they enough?August 24, 2012

KQED's Rachael Myrow interviews John Fensterwald about Common Core standardsAugust 23, 2012

Brown struggling to sell Prop 30 to wary votersAugust 23, 2012

Another study questions state's push for 8th grade AlgebraAugust 22, 2012

AB 5 falls short of meeting NCLB waiver requirementsAugust 21, 2012

District settles with ACLU over program for English learnersAugust 20, 2012

Evaluation bill moves on to state SenateAugust 17, 2012

Fuentes finds possible $60 million for evaluation billAugust 16, 2012

Los Angeles Unified wants Race to the Top's last brass ringAugust 15, 2012

Thursday deadline for resolving teacher evaluation billAugust 14, 2012

Court backs union, sends LAUSD layoffs case back to judgeAugust 12, 2012

Do-or-die time for teacher evaluation billAugust 10, 2012

Joan Buchanan to chair Assembly EdAugust 9, 2012

Distinct choice for 'parent trigger' families in AdelantoAugust 8, 2012

Report pinpoints high-suspension districtsAugust 7, 2012

School funding primer: A is for AlligatorAugust 6, 2012

Duncan appoints California teacher as one-year ambassadorAugust 3, 2012

What next for Brown's school finance reform?July 26, 2012

Big win in court for 'parent trigger' organizersJuly 24, 2012

Mum's the word on California's request for NCLB waiverJuly 23, 2012

Aspire to expand residency program for teachers in trainingJuly 23, 2012

State to adopt Common Core view of Algebra I in 8th gradeJuly 20, 2012

Security breach will delay release of CST resultsJuly 18, 2012

Two years plus and counting: Teachers prep for Common CoreJuly 17, 2012

ACLU sues district over conditions of school for at-risk studentsJuly 15, 2012

Brown's veto throws wrench in AVID college prep programJuly 10, 2012

Brown names former head of military charter to State BoardJuly 8, 2012

Report lauds leadership focus in Sac City, FresnoJuly 3, 2012

Judge nullifies statewide charter granted to AspireJuly 1, 2012

Second year of science remains a mandateJune 30, 2012

Not one, but two 160-day minimum yearsJune 26, 2012

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