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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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Gov. Newsom's plan offers additional funds to districts that reopen, but comes with stringent Covid testing and others requirements.
December 30, 2020
A year like no other saw an unrelenting flow of news. From the pandemic to wildfires to financial woes, Californians endured a tough year. EdSource covered it all and its impact on education. Here’s a look at the highlights.
December 30, 2020
California school districts, charter schools to get $6.8 billion, in varying amounts, of federal aid
California will get about one-eighth of the $54 billion Congress appropriated in coronavirus aid for K-12 schools.
December 27, 2020
The $900 billion relief package includes $82 billion for K-12 and colleges, plus $22 billion for Covid testing that could help to reopen schools.
December 21, 2020
Cal/OSHA emergency regulations went into effect Nov. 30 for all employers. School officials argue compliance will be burdensome.
December 18, 2020
Reopening would begin in stages once health officials say schools can safely open under a bill proposed by eduction leaders in the Assembly.
December 8, 2020
The impact from school closures last spring proved worrisome but not as dire as projected by the assessment organization NWEA.
November 30, 2020
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.