Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

CSU prisoner reintegration program graduates its first students

The goal is to reintegrate former prisoners into society and to help remove the stigma that may come after prisoners have completed their incarceration.

Trump effect: Fewer foreign applications to US colleges

Nearly 40 percent of institutions represented in a recent survey reported a drop in applications from international students.

"Avocado" is from Nahuatl, is the same word as "testicle"

English has borrowed more than a few words from the ancient language of the Aztecs, including avocado and coyote.

Pasadena schools turn realtors into allies

By training realtors about the progress of Pasadena public schools, administrators hope to attract families who may have been tempted to educate their kids elsewhere.

Cal State's remedial program isn't helping students

Nearly 25,000 incoming freshmen enrolled in California State University's remedial summer program in 2016. The program is called Early Start.

Community college remedial program 'broken,' advocates say

Most California community college students are placed in remedial education classes — but researchers say the way that decision is made is mostly inaccurate.

The 'school bus effect' could cut chronic absences

Taking the school bus involves planning and routines. New research suggests learning those skills in kindergarten can help schools reduce absences.

Teaching kids soft social skills

More and more schools are integrating the teaching of skills like perseverance and empathy in academic lessons such as math and English.

Community colleges fund a college pipeline for foster youth

California has more than 60,000 foster youth. About 3 percent go on to earn college degrees. Three community colleges are targeting 9th graders for help.

Cal State Northridge students protest Border Patrol recruiters on campus

Students said university officials talked out of both sides of their mouths, vowing to protect undocumented students then inviting Border Patrol recruiters.

Lawyers object to Calif. school districts collecting citizenship info

On enrollment forms, some school districts ask for students' U.S. citizenship, Social Security numbers, and whether they were born in another country.

USC professors push campus to lead in Trump resistance

USC faculty say Trump's immigration policies will hurt U.S. higher education because they send the message that foreigners are not welcome in this country.

School layoffs planned in several school districts

Some school districts sent hundreds of layoff notices to staff. Enrollment drops are hurting funding for most school districts, some more severely than others.

New school evaluation tool includes non-academic data

California's new School Dashboard uses color coding, from blue to red, and pie charts to show school performance, using academic and non-academic indicators.

Inglewood schools officials fight Green Dot charter

Approving a new charter high school in Inglewood, school officials say, would heighten segregation of English learners, learning disabled, and black students.