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.
All articles by John Fensterwald
The new method of tracking individual students' Smarter Balanced scores should provide a more useful measure of schools' and districts' progress.
May 3, 2021
In an annual survey on K-12 education, most voters approved how Gov. Newsom and their local districts handled schools during the pandemic.
April 29, 2021
The state bought 5 million test kits, which can produce results in 15 minutes, and will provide them at no charge and teach how to use them.
April 26, 2021
She will succeed Louis Freedberg who has led the organization since 2011.
April 21, 2021
Mayor Sam Liccardo raises $6 million to pilot innovative program in which small “scholar dollar” awards can add up to $5,000 by graduation.
April 16, 2021
A San Diego County judge has declined to order that two school districts that were sued by a parent group be required to fully reopen by a set date.
April 14, 2021
Ceremonies will be outside, probably in shifts, on a sports field with bleachers, or like Fresno and Natomas, in a big pavilion and minor league ballpark.
April 6, 2021
Many teachers agree that distance learning forced them to focus on what's important and to listen closely to the views of students.
March 30, 2021
EdSource's Teachers Advisory Committee reflects on in-person instruction and their view of students and teaching.
March 30, 2021
The change could allow more students back to school for in-person instruction at the same time, reducing the need for hybrid instruction.
March 19, 2021
The state board unanimously adopted voluntary guidance for ethnic studies with one addition, clarifying the role of “critical race theory.”
March 19, 2021
The state model curriculum will provide guidelines, but districts will face the hard decisions on what and how to teach ethnic studies.
March 17, 2021
Altogether, federal funding to the state’s schools from the CARES Act, a second round in December and the new plan totals $28.2 billion.
March 11, 2021
Under the deal, $2 billion in incentives would require opening up all elementary grades and partially middle and high schools in the “red tier.”
March 1, 2021
Teachers surveyed report they’ve relied primarily on their colleagues and themselves to figure out teaching during the pandemic.