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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.
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Riverside administrator Cynthia Glover Woods, Yurok Tribe leader James McQuillen and bilingual high school teacher Haydee Rodriguez join the board.
July 9, 2020
Attorney General Becerra charges education secretary exceeded her authority, diverted money from low-income public schools.
July 8, 2020
The California Teachers Association says a 45-year-old law on classroom recordings prevents districts from requiring live online instruction.
July 2, 2020
School districts prefer late payments to budget cuts but some districts will bear a larger burden, and it may be years before deferrals are paid off.
July 1, 2020
They're grateful that their budgets won't be cut, but worry about added expenses and the uncertainty of planning for a return to school in a pandemic.
June 25, 2020
Under the agreement, teachers and some – but not all – of other school employees would be protected from layoffs for the year.
June 23, 2020
A possible state budget agreement would require a tradeoff of no cuts for K-12 schools in exchange for no layoffs of school employees for one year.
June 19, 2020
Gov. Newsom would cut $6.4 billion in school funding if Congress doesn’t deliver more stimulus aid. The Legislature would issue more IOUs to schools instead.
June 12, 2020
Parents and student advocacy groups are demanding better remote instruction than what many children, especially in low-income schools, have received.
June 11, 2020
The governor and the Legislature are at odds over how to distribute federal coronavirus relief; Newsom cites growing achievement gap.
June 5, 2020
Both Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders are betting Congress will deliver tens of billions more in aid to states.
June 3, 2020
Districts are anticipating billions more in unfunded costs to reopen schools. They want some of the money they'll need to be distributed more evenly than Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes.
June 3, 2020
School districts can do a second round of layoffs if K-12 funding increases less than 2%. CTA will ask the Legislature to prevent it.
May 22, 2020
Superintendents argue that uncertainty and the higher costs of Covid-19, combined with a 10% cut in general funding, require increased funding.
May 19, 2020
Gov. Newsom's revised budget would partially offset huge drop in revenue for K-12 schools, community colleges
California governor's proposed budget anticipates a two-year drop of $19 billion in state funding for schools and community colleges.