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
Growing up in the Imperial Valley instilled a commitment that all high school students have equal access to courses leading to college.
August 2, 2021
Orange County Superintendent Al Mijares and the county board say they aren't competing, but viewpoints at two upcoming forums will differ.
July 21, 2021
Guinea pigs of change: Class of ’21 endured recessions, a pandemic and big shifts in education | VIDEO
The Ginny Chronicles takes Generation Z on a travelogue through landmark policies that shaped their time in school.
July 20, 2021
California will spend billions now and in coming years on young children, student mental health, community schools and the teacher shortage.
July 13, 2021
Hours after ordering schools to send home maskless students, California decides to let districts make enforcement decisions.
July 13, 2021
Were voters "grading on a curve" in recognition of hard work amid a pandemic? Polling also found growing tensions on race and politics.
July 8, 2021
2021-22 budget would include record K-12 spending, phase in transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds, significantly expand Cal Grants
June 26, 2021
An extra year in high school, a Pass or No Pass option and minimum graduation requirements would help undo damage from the pandemic.
June 24, 2021
California Department of Education sides with faith-based organizations that challenged how the San Bernardino county office approved LCAPs.
June 18, 2021
Legislators and governor agree on most education spending, but legislators want more funding for child care, Cal Grants and pension relief.
June 14, 2021
Many of the 136 veteran California teachers surveyed found hybrid learning was enervating, and districts didn't seek advice on reopening.
June 14, 2021
Nearly a year after money was budgeted, the California Department of Education hasn't completed the contract needed to move forward.
June 9, 2021
Gov. Newsom, legislative leaders agree to add $1.1 billion to the Local Control Funding Formula but not on who gets priority for the money.
June 4, 2021
Budget committees' joint plan prioritizes school districts' financial health over more one-time funding. Next step: Talks with Newsom
June 2, 2021
An anti-spending initiative, passed in 1979, could force $16 billion in 'excess' revenue to be split between tax rebates and school funding.