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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
Jordan High School in Watts is one of the lowest- performing public campuses in Los Angeles. Yesterday, half a dozen teachers protested outside the school. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says they don't like the approach the principal is taking to boost Jordan's performance.
Test score improvements at L.A. Unified's 100+ charter school campuses are zooming past rising scores at nearby traditional campuses. So says a study from the statewide association that's been pushing for more charter schools. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.
For 40 years, a print shop near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles has kept the letterpress alive. It's a printing technique that computers nearly killed off. The owners are a Mexican immigrant and his family; they're celebrating the shop's anniversary this week by launching a series of Los Angeles-inspired art prints. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Los Angeles Unified teachers skipped the first hour of class this morning to demonstrate against proposed state cuts to education. KPCC's Steve Julian spoke with Adolfo Guzman Lopez, who followed the situation at Los Angeles High School.
Thousands of teachers at hundreds of Los Angeles Unified campuses walked off the job for an hour Friday to protest the state's proposed education cuts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended a rally in L.A.'s Mid City and has this story.
L.A. County middle schools are leaving its students behind. That's the message behind a study released today by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
This time of year, many people say goodbye to their college campuses. English professor Gerald Locklin's bidding his farewell after 43 years at Cal State Long Beach. His colleagues and current and former students gathered recently at a hotel ballroom to pay tribute to his teaching career. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there and brings us this story.
A mostly Latino crowd of thousands took part in several marches in Los Angeles on Thursday. The protesters called for immigration reform, amnesty, and an end to workplace raids by federal immigration agents. The protest took place a year to the day after much larger protests in L.A. ended in violence. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and Frank Stoltze followed this year's demonstrations.
The Postal Service unveils a stamp today in the nation's capital and Los Angeles to honor Ruben Salazar. He was a pioneering journalist, killed on the job almost 40 years ago. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
A group of Orange County Sheriff's department employees has been suspended with pay following the beating death of an inmate by fellow inmates. The sheriff has also asked the FBI to investigate whether inmates' civil rights were violated at the Theo Lacy Jail. Acting Sheriff Jack Anderson made that announcement to the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. As KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, the sheriff promised several reforms to address serious breaches of professional conduct uncovered in a grand jury report on the inmate's death.
For almost a year, an Orange County criminal grand jury's been investigating the brutal murder of an inmate at the hands of other inmates. The grand jury's findings are out, and the information reveals widespread negligence by sheriff's deputies at the county's largest detention facility. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.
A large exhibition of Chicano art opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this Sunday. The show explores how a branch of art produced by Mexican-American activists 40 years ago has blossomed and inspired a slew of young Latino artists today.
Los Angeles County's second-largest school district is in the final days of a bare-knuckled school board campaign. The race for two school board seats in Long Beach Unified pits two incumbents against candidates backed by the teachers union. The candidates have been crisscrossing the school district's neighborhoods and speaking at forums organized by civic groups. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez attended one of those forums.
The union that represents Cal State University faculty staged a large rally at the system's Long Beach campus Wednesday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the event is part of a larger strategy to generate opposition to Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts.
KPCC is focusing this week on the anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. One important angle is military recruiting. The Defense Department says it's meeting recruitment goals. But a Defense Undersecretary recently said recruitment was dragging because young people today look down on military life, many are out of shape and the war is five years old. The counter-recruitment movement isn't helping either. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez looked at one Southland group's effort to limit military recruitment in public schools.