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

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.

Campaign to reach undocumented college students pays off

Amid concerns that federal officials would tap into their information, a record number of undocumented students apply for state financial aid.

Tears, laughter shed at funeral for slain Whittier officer

The services for 53-year-old Whittier Officer Keith Lane Boyer will begin Friday morning with a memorial at Calvary Chapel in Downey.

Sacramento wants to protect student data from ICE

Lawmakers want to lock student data from federal immigration agents, but a court order could give federal officials access to the information.

Schools in affluent areas call Brown's budget inadequate

Leaders in six school districts, including South Pasadena and Manhattan Beach, say Brown's plan won't make up for extra money they have to pay for employee pensions.

College graduation initiatives criticized in state report

The 23-campus California State University is asking for more than double this year's state funding next fiscal year to pay for its Graduation Initiative.

The joint college class taught by a SoCal and Mexican university

When University of La Verne administrators planned a leadership class to include students from Mexico, they didn't count on today's political tensions.

LA-area lawyers say feds ramped up arrests of immigrants

Los Angeles area attorneys report they've gotten a higher than usual number of calls from relatives of undocumented immigrants arrested by ICE officials.

A suggested education overhaul for incarcerated youth

California budgets $140 million for the education of more than 8,000 youth in jails. Observers say those programs have little accountability.