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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
For Latinos in California and the rest of the country, Election Day was tomorrow. Their strong showing at the polls made good on the refrain during massive immigration reform rallies: "Today we march, tomorrow we vote." KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a heavily Latino Santa Ana precinct before polls closed Tuesday.
It's hard to drive within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Unified School District without spotting a new campus. The district's built 72 new ones so far with about $20 billion in voter-approved bond money. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on another L.A. Unified bond measure on Tuesday's ballot - the largest in the district's history.
News this week that Governor Schwarzenegger wants to cut current public education budgets hit administrators like a pail of cold water. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez reports that leaders at California's public universities expect to hear the same request.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has warned public school leaders to brace themselves for significant mid-year budget cuts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story about how they're responding.
Southland museum leaders have officially unveiled a collaboration that will showcase Southern California's groundbreaking contemporary art movements. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
L.A. Unified's $7 billion school facilities bond is the region's largest on the November 4 ballot. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says a school district most people wouldn't consider needy placed the second-largest bond measure on next month's ballot.
By now, university students have covered most of their yearly costs including tuition, books and some housing. But for some of them, the country's economic crisis has jumped the walls of the academy to challenge their efforts toward a degree. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a Southland campus to hear from students.
A Southland non-profit manages the largest video archive of Holocaust survivor testimonies. The original videotapes are degrading and the Shoah Foundation has begun a massive effort to transfer their content to digital format. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
The economic downturn's forcing many people to cut back on luxuries. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked to the owner of a small coffee roasting company in Long Beach who's struggling to convince customers that gourmet coffee is indispensable.
Forty years ago today soldiers shot and killed dozens of people at an antigovernment rally in Mexico City. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says Los Angeles activist groups have organized an afternoon of performances this weekend under the motto, "We will not forget."
For the last century in classical music, the dominant force has been the large symphony orchestra of about one hundred musicians. Smaller chamber orchestras have worked hard to carve out audiences in the shadow of their larger, more flashy siblings. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has done just that for four decades. The orchestra opens its season and celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday night. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
The roots of avant garde music extend back to World War Two when American and European musicians created experimental compositions. Experimental music's signature work is John Cage's composition Four Minutes, Thirty-three Seconds. It's that much silence, intended to turn listeners' ears to the sounds that surround them. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that a new generation inspired by experimental composers and performers is feeding a growing music scene in and around L.A.'s Echo Park neighborhood.
Increasingly, California school districts are rethinking instruction at their middle schools. Weak test scores and new research about what works is jump-starting some of the changes. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that one Southland school district is ahead of the pack.
A state appeals court has ruled that illegal immigrants enrolled in California public colleges can't pay reduced in-state resident tuition. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the details.
Sacramento's withheld funding from schools as lawmakers squabbled for more than two months about how to close a multibillion dollar deficit. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with some school administrators to gauge their responses to the budget deal.