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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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An increase in mandated costs has frustrated voters in Marin County, where passing school parcel taxes had been a safe bet until 2016.
November 14, 2019
Backers and opponents of a $15 billion K-12 and college construction bond are wondering if association with infamous Prop. 13 will affect the vote.
November 7, 2019
After examining three districts' spending, State Auditor Elaine Howle calls for tighter controls over Local Control Funding Formula.
November 6, 2019
The state board will deliver an LCAP template that will be easier to read, but it probably still won't be easy to follow the money.
October 31, 2019
Nationwide scores on NAEP stalled for a decade in 4th and 8th grade while California's slowly rose – latest dip in 8th grade reading notwithstanding
October 30, 2019
The longtime leader in the field says social and emotional practices help reach disconnected students and give purpose to learning.
October 28, 2019
Backers of two competing tax proposals begin gathering signatures; will Gov. Gavin Newsom negotiate a compromise?
October 23, 2019
Here are a half-dozen K-12 and early education bills that the governor vetoed or signed on the last day crunch — and why.
October 15, 2019
Gov. Newsom signed the bill delaying start times for teenagers against the opposition of school groups that said districts know best how to set schedules.
October 13, 2019
In veto message, Newsom says giving districts the test option would widen inequities in college admission that the bill was intended to narrow.
October 13, 2019
Average scores have been rising in English language arts, but dropping in math as students progress through middle and high school — a cause for worry.
October 9, 2019
Higher ed to get $6 billion and K-12 schools $9 billion, with most dollars earmarked for renovations; low-wealth, low-income districts would be favored.
October 7, 2019
Gov. Newsom, key legislators and charter school advocates and skeptics pledged to build on the collaboration that made compromise possible.
October 4, 2019
For the first time, school districts will be able to consider a proposed charter school’s financial impact.
October 3, 2019
Backers of a planned $15 billion tax initiative for the November 2020 ballot hope they can win over the California Teachers Association.