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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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It’s unclear whether the California Department of Education plans to issue guidance on issues such as how long a school day should be and whether the content should be enrichment or course completion.
April 2, 2020
The money for education is a small piece of a record $2 trillion in coronavirus relief but vitally needed as a recession looms in California.
March 26, 2020
During a webinar viewed by 7,000 people, state officials encourage innovation to provide service and promise cooperation in weeks ahead.
March 18, 2020
California also will ask the federal government to waive the required standardized tests if and when schools resume session this year.
March 17, 2020
Lawmakers approve full funding for school closures and lower attendance due to the coronavirus.
March 16, 2020
In exchange for the money, districts should provide online learning, and independent study "to the extent feasible," which is puzzling to some.
March 14, 2020
One week after the March 3 election, Proposition 13 remains behind 46 to 54 percent, which appears too big a gap to make up.
March 11, 2020
With mandated costs rising, school districts had been counting on a larger cost of living adjustment that they’d receive next year.
March 9, 2020
Several factors — confusion with a more famous 13, tax fatigue, anxiety over the stock market — may have led to the measure’s likely defeat.
March 5, 2020
The governor proposes $1.5 billion over 5 years on incentives for new teachers and grants managed by a small agency to fix highest poverty schools.
February 18, 2020
Annual PACE/USC Rossier poll also finds support for increasing teacher pay, requiring ethnic studies and taking action to prevent gun violence.
February 11, 2020
Tony Thurmond says the curriculum should focus on African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, and Native Americans.
February 6, 2020
What California voters need to know about proposed $15 billion school construction bond: a quick guide
The state bond will underwrite some construction costs of schools and universities, with extra help for low-income districts.
January 31, 2020
The LAO would spend more money on pension relief and funding formula and less on teacher shortage, community schools.