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
California Department of Education sides with faith-based organizations that challenged how the San Bernardino county office approved LCAPs.
June 18, 2021
Legislators and governor agree on most education spending, but legislators want more funding for child care, Cal Grants and pension relief.
June 14, 2021
Many of the 136 veteran California teachers surveyed found hybrid learning was enervating, and districts didn't seek advice on reopening.
June 14, 2021
Nearly a year after money was budgeted, the California Department of Education hasn't completed the contract needed to move forward.
June 9, 2021
Gov. Newsom, legislative leaders agree to add $1.1 billion to the Local Control Funding Formula but not on who gets priority for the money.
June 4, 2021
Budget committees' joint plan prioritizes school districts' financial health over more one-time funding. Next step: Talks with Newsom
June 2, 2021
An anti-spending initiative, passed in 1979, could force $16 billion in 'excess' revenue to be split between tax rebates and school funding.
May 19, 2021
With unprecedented billions of dollars, advocacy groups want details on how funding will help students targeted for extra assistance.
May 19, 2021
With a continuing surge in revenue, the governor would expand community schools and create a $500 college savings account for every low-income first grader.
May 12, 2021
The lawsuit argues top education officials must monitor districts to see that billions in Covid relief address students' pressing needs.
May 10, 2021
The new method of tracking individual students' Smarter Balanced scores should provide a more useful measure of schools' and districts' progress.
May 3, 2021
In an annual survey on K-12 education, most voters approved how Gov. Newsom and their local districts handled schools during the pandemic.
April 29, 2021
The state bought 5 million test kits, which can produce results in 15 minutes, and will provide them at no charge and teach how to use them.
April 26, 2021
She will succeed Louis Freedberg who has led the organization since 2011.
April 21, 2021
Mayor Sam Liccardo raises $6 million to pilot innovative program in which small “scholar dollar” awards can add up to $5,000 by graduation.