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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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Studies of the Math in Common project offer lessons for other districts and a warning: Steady progress takes a long-term commitment.
July 11, 2019
Senate hearing indicates that further changes will be needed to reach a deal on a bill charter school leaders fear would cripple growth.
July 9, 2019
The CSBA sued after the Legislature squeezed funding for school districts by revising what programs fall under Proposition 98.
July 9, 2019
The new rate will credit districts for helping non-graduating seniors to earn a diploma the next year. It would be combined with the 4-year grad rate on the School Dashboard.
July 8, 2019
E. Toby Boyd, a veteran kindergarten teacher and STEM adviser, takes the helm of the 325,000 member union at a time of increased activism with a big agenda.
June 27, 2019
With Gavin Newsom embracing what Jerry Brown opposed, the Legislature sets the timetable and steps for creating a longitudinal education data system to help shape better education programs and policies.
June 25, 2019
The author of the bill, Patrick O'Donnell, says he is open to examining the fairness of the school modernization program's funding.
June 20, 2019
Governor goes beyond minimum required under Proposition 98 to absorb $3.1 billion in districts' pension payments and address teacher shortage.
June 14, 2019
The failure of Measure EE underscores how hard it is to capture a two-thirds majority needed for approval of a parcel tax and the challenges ahead to pass a 'split-roll' initiative to raise businesses' property taxes.
June 11, 2019
The group reached a consensus on giving school districts the power to consider the “saturation” by and the academic need for charter schools.
June 7, 2019
California districts should use insights from surveys of students' habits of mind but not rate schools by the results, a PACE research project concludes.
June 5, 2019
Legislators and advocates for students with disabilities praise the big increase that Gov. Newsom proposes for special education but reject his idea for spending it.
May 28, 2019
The Learning Policy Institute found that fully prepared teachers mattered more than overall spending and low teacher-student ratios in raising test scores.
May 17, 2019
Critics complain some California charter schools screen out students with disabilities and academically struggling students.
May 16, 2019
Newsom proposes funding for subsidized childcare, disabled students and a loan program for special education, math and science teachers.