John Fensterwald, EdSource

John Fensterwald

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San Jose, CA, United States

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Past:
  • EdSource
  • Monterey Herald
  • L.A. Daily News

Past articles by John:

California education issues to watch in 2023 — and predictions of what might happen

2023's big questions: How much will TK-12 state funding be cut? What will the final math framework look like? Will districts find tutors, after-school staff? Will the Newsom administration act decisively on early literacy? → Read More

Grim forecast for public pension funds in California and elsewhere

The latest education news updates from EdSource. → Read More

2022 California standardized test results wipe out years of steady progress

Smarter Balanced scores fell sharply in both math and English language arts, indicating it could take years for students to fully recover from the pandemic. → Read More

California school organizations urge veto of latest bill to remove lead in school water

A 2017 state law led schools across California to have their faucets tested for lead in a program to reduce lead in school drinking water. A new bill that proposes to remove lead from schools and s… → Read More

Gov. Newsom quashes bill to provide more funding for Black students

An unstated reason was Prop. 209, banning preferences by race; governor promises more funding somehow for state's lowest performing student group next year → Read More

State Supt. Thurmond to restart literacy task force, aims for ‘comprehensive’ approach

Announcement at a press conference accompanies the release of a free, engaging dual-language resource for families in California. → Read More

California does little to ensure all kids read by third grade

A national push to change the teaching of reading shows contrast between other states and California's hands-off approach. → Read More

What teachers want you to know about this year

Members of EdSource's Teachers Advisory Group share their experiences with returning to school after the pandemic lockdowns. → Read More

California will give a short version of its standardized math and English tests next spring

State Board agrees to cut as much as 2 hours from lengthy Smarter Balanced assessments; parents won't receive as many details as in past. → Read More

Changes for educating quarantined California students proposed by governor, Legislature

State leaders recognize crisis some districts face but don't backtrack from applying independent study to students sidelined by delta variant. → Read More

Quick Guide: What is independent study in California?

A nonprofit organization reporting on key education challenges in California and beyond. → Read More

Newsom to announce plan to encourage in-person instruction in elementary grades

A non-profit journalism website reporting on key education issues in California and beyond. → Read More

Congress approves billions more in Covid relief for schools and colleges

A non-profit journalism website reporting on key education issues in California and beyond. → Read More

California issues rules for opening schools to high-needs students

A non-profit journalism website reporting on key education issues in California and beyond. → Read More

Some California districts, teachers struggle to agree on distance learning

A non-profit journalism website reporting on key education issues in California and beyond. → Read More

Official figures released on state, federal CARES Act funding to districts to address Covid-19

Official awards from CARES Act funding to California school districts now public. Funds can be used for protective equipment and supplies, student meals and planning for school reopening. → Read More

California charter schools sue state for not funding additional students this year

School funding is based on last year’s student enrollments but that eliminates money for charter schools that already had planned to expand. → Read More

Gov. Newsom names three members to California’s State Board of Education

Riverside administrator Cynthia Glover Woods, Yurok Tribe leader James McQuillen and bilingual high school teacher Haydee Rodriguez join the board. → Read More

California lawmakers would spare K-12 schools from any budget cuts

A non-profit journalism website reporting on key education issues in California and beyond. → Read More

Most parents are worried school closures will leave their students behind, survey finds

A non-profit journalism website reporting on key education issues in California and beyond. → Read More