John Fensterwald, staff writer, joined EdSource in 2012. Before that, he was editor and co-writer for The Educated Guess 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 before receiving a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 1997. His wife is a retired elementary school teacher, and his daughter is a neurology resident at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.
All articles by John Fensterwald
Low-income districts have priority funding for a nine-hour day and 30-day summer school; lacking staff, they'll have an extra year to plan.
September 23, 2021
Democratic voters rally around the California governor in the closing days of the campaign, in a strong turnout to keep him in office.
September 14, 2021
Some changes in the independent study law may help districts, but a teacher shortage remains the biggest obstacle to providing instruction.
September 13, 2021
State Board agrees to cut as much as 2 hours from lengthy Smarter Balanced assessments; parents won't receive as many details as in past.
September 10, 2021
A supermajority in the Legislature would rein in a new governor, who'd also face long odds on the big prize: selling a voucher initiative next year.
September 8, 2021
The four candidates leading in California recall polls respond to questions about their views on several K-12 education issues.
September 8, 2021
Higher rates of graduation and college enrollment are tracked to course, but researcher urges caution in interpreting the study.
September 7, 2021
State leaders recognize crisis some districts face but don't backtrack from applying independent study to students sidelined by delta variant.
September 6, 2021
Independent study is now the only option for quarantined students; superintendents warn the regulations are too constraining.
August 27, 2021
Independent study is this year's at-home alternative to in-person instruction for parents worried about contracting Covid. How will it work?
August 26, 2021
Many small districts educated students who fled urban areas due to Covid, yet weren't compensated, with a big impact on their budgets.
August 23, 2021
Families have a right to independent study instead of in-person instruction; worry about the delta variant may determine how many choose it.
August 9, 2021
Growing up in the Imperial Valley instilled a commitment that all high school students have equal access to courses leading to college.
August 2, 2021
Orange County Superintendent Al Mijares and the county board say they aren't competing, but viewpoints at two upcoming forums will differ.
July 21, 2021
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The Ginny Chronicles takes Generation Z on a travelogue through landmark policies that shaped their time in school.