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

Santa Monica shelter offering beds to college students

For the last four months, a UCLA student group with a membership of over four dozen students has been running a shelter for homeless college students.

SoCal colleges react to Trump's immigration order

One university official told KPCC that the executive order is affecting the university's ability to attract students and faculty from around the world.

Cut to state scholarship could hit Southern California hard

Most of the students who currently receive the Middle Class Scholarship, awarded to those whose families make less than $156,000 annually, attend Southern California campuses.

University to guarantee admission for 12 school districts

The University of La Verne is partnering with school districts in Pomona, Alhambra, Covina, Duarte and others to guarantee admission.

Mindfulness trainers reaching out to school principals

As more teachers use mindfulness techniques of breathing and relaxation for kids, experts say quality control becomes very important.

CSU faculty: Underfunding betrays current students

Cal State faculty say student enrollment in the system is up 64 percent in the last 30 years, while the budget has decreased by 2.9 percent in the same time.

Educators: parents will drive new bilingual education growth

Some school officials say they will let parent demand drive how much they expand bilingual education programs now that limits have been lifted.

Ethnic studies classes yield academic benefits, study finds

A study of 1,400 San Francisco students who took ethnic studies classes found large gains in their GPAs, credits earned and attendance.

Grants to help secretaries and bus drivers become teachers

Amid a large teacher shortage in California, new state grants will help school employees such as secretaries and cafeteria workers get their teaching credentials.

Schools scrambling to stop the drop in student enrollment

School districts are adding dual language immersion, International Baccalaureate, and extended after-school day care to try to stop enrollment drops.

Fixing community college remedial classes

Remedial education at California community colleges has done more to block students from their career goals than to help. It's undergoing a major overhaul.

New community college chief on preparing for Trump

The new California Community Colleges Chancellor says his two-year campuses can help the Trump administration's infrastructure program and jobs training efforts.

Anaheim's lawsuit to shut down an online charter school

Staff at the Orange County Department of Education recommended the board of education deny Epic Charter School's petition to open. The board approved it. Now, there's a lawsuit.

Long Beach wants to scrap 11th grade exams in favor of SATs

Long Beach wants to swap a required state test for eleventh graders for the SATs to better prepare them for college and cut unnecessary standardized testing.

Should the entire Thanksgiving week be a school holiday?

Absences shoot up at some schools that are in session in the days before Thanksgiving. Schools lose money, so should the entire week be a vacation?