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
California legislative leaders would add $4.5 billion above the governor's proposal for the Local Control Funding Formula, and drop $700 million for early literacy and $1.5 billion for community schools.
June 3, 2022
State superintendent of public instruction candidates differ on how California should solve its early literacy crisis
Office that runs the state's Department of Education is on June 7 primary ballot.
June 3, 2022
UC board that sets high school admissions requirements rejects draft ethnic studies guidelines viewed as ideological and divisive; drafters vow to fight on.
June 1, 2022
Rollout of CALPADS update with glitches coincides with Smarter Balanced testing, compounding problems; state Department of Education promises fixes.
May 19, 2022
One-time and ongoing Proposition 98 funding would be an unprecedented $35 million more than the Legislature appropriated a year ago.
May 13, 2022
The state's "whole child" model stresses collaborating with parents, teachers and community organizations; 265 districts are to receive initial funding.
May 12, 2022
Districts complain COLA isn't enough to cover their costs and needs; Gov. Newsom to release revised budget, revenue projections by May 15.
April 29, 2022
With California charter school enrollment declining for the first time in three decades, operators and funders look to new areas of the state for future growth.
April 25, 2022
Requirements proposed by UC ethnic studies faculty revive teachings on race that the State Board of Education largely dismissed as biased and divisive.
April 12, 2022
Led by continued hemorrhaging of student enrollment in Los Angeles County and parts of the Bay Area, total public school enrollment in California dropped by 110,000 this year, the second year of big losses.
April 11, 2022
The California School Choice Initiative needed 1 million voters' signatures to be placed on the election ballot; the campaign collected only 200,000.
April 10, 2022
The pandemic compounded the challenge of teaching math at grade level when many California students may be three or four years behind.
April 5, 2022
Drafters of revision tempered language, reiterated local control of 8th grade Algebra and reemphasized high-level math options are for all students.
March 18, 2022
For now, most California districts are flush with money. But those that aren't face a March 15 deadline to initiate layoffs they hope won't happen.
March 9, 2022
California school districts have thousands of properties on which to build apartments for teachers struggling to pay rent, a new report details.