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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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To avoid competing tax initiatives benefiting education on the same statewide ballot, it eyes 2022 instead.
December 5, 2019
Uncredentialed teachers are concentrated where students struggle academically; the State Board may soon have data to support a teacher equity index.
November 22, 2019
A recession is still a ways off, says the Legislative Analyst's Office; mandated costs will eat into an estimated $3.4 billion increase.
November 21, 2019
If there is confusion over the ballot designation Prop. 13, bond backers say not to worry; the campaign for March measure has yet to begin.
November 19, 2019
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.