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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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Kusema Thomas II looked forward to sixth grade in a new Los Angeles Unified magnet school but connecting problems cost him six weeks of virtual classes. Now, his father wants tutoring help.
November 19, 2020
In ‘remarkable’ turnaround, California schools can expect huge one-time windfall next year, LAO says
The Legislative Analyst’s Office forecasts schools and community colleges can expect a record one-time surplus of $13.1 billion in 2021-22.
November 18, 2020
The first major challenge to Prop. 13’s limit on property taxes would have provided an estimated $2.5 billion to $4.5 billion annually for K-12 schools and community colleges.
November 11, 2020
State schools chief adds lesson plans for Asian ethnic groups who felt left out and rewords sections to encourage multiple points of view.
November 7, 2020
Fewer districts than in past presidential elections bet that voters would approve a tax increase during a pandemic and a recession.
November 6, 2020
The first effort in 42 years to change Prop. 13 would provide $2.6 billion to $4.6 billion for K-12 schools and community colleges.
November 3, 2020
Leading school superintendents ask Gov. Newsom to impose a ‘common standard’ for reopening schools in California
Along with more Covid testing of students, the superintendents want the state to set standards covering all aspects of reopening schools.
November 3, 2020
Distance learning poses additional challenges for teachers willing to help students examine a divisive election filled with misinformation.
October 29, 2020
As an appellate judge, Martin Jenkins concluded the state Constitution doesn’t require minimum funding for schools; that’s for lawmakers to determine.
October 14, 2020
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, is one of the biggest donors to Yes on Prop. 15.
October 9, 2020
The governor said he favors the concept, but disagreements over the content for the course's model curriculum should be resolved first.
October 1, 2020
Big corporate property owners would pay the bulk of new taxes; opponents claim costs would be borne by small business renters.
September 30, 2020
State Supt. Tony Thurmond’s anti-racism effort involving Simon Wiesenthal Center and others would stress teaching tolerance amid rising incidents of hate.
September 22, 2020
Prop. 16 appears in trouble, but voters narrowly support taxing commercial property to raise billions for schools and local governments.
September 16, 2020
The bill, favored by student rights groups, would end a “loophole” allowing districts to freely use unspent money intended for “high-needs” students.