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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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$150 million for testing, remediation would remove lead in schools statewide but based on a standard that pediatricians say is still hazardous.
September 17, 2019
The proposed bond on the March 2020 ballot will include money for K-12 districts, including preschool, community colleges, UC and CSU.
September 11, 2019
School districts will be able to cite an adverse fiscal impact to deny a charter school application, but not without making a strong case.
September 10, 2019
State officials have called for giving property-poor districts a bigger share of state funding.
September 6, 2019
California has run out of money to help school districts build and repair schools. View EdSource's video explainer to understand the choices facing legislators and voters.
September 6, 2019
Potentially two initiatives on the November 2020 ballot could create a choice or confusion for voters.
August 30, 2019
School districts could consider the need for a new charter school and its financial impact; charters will keep their right of appeal.
August 29, 2019
José Medina will bring back Assembly Bill 331 next year, after there has been time to redraft the controversial ethnic studies curriculum.
August 23, 2019
Promise Academy had a partnership with the Tech Museum; its fight with San Jose Unified mirrors conflicts statewide over charter schools.
August 20, 2019
State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond join those calling for a major revision.
August 15, 2019
A new study overcomes challenges from a lack of transparency to compare schools' spending under the Local Control Funding Formula.
August 8, 2019
The former state secretary of education shepherded academic standards into adoption and bolstered county offices’ role in state policy.
July 31, 2019
LA Unified’s spending and accountability plan should be rejected and rewritten, says advocates’ complaint
Public Advocates argues the district doesn’t show how $1.2 billion in extra funding will benefit English learners and low-income students.
July 30, 2019
There's full agreement on 4 proposals but anger among some task force members over 7 proposals passed by a narrow majority as a package.