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

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?

Feds audit California’s rising high school graduation rates

Some states have been found to have over reported high school graduates, now federal officials are auditing California's oversight of how schools count graduates.

Schools seek tolerance workshops

One group that provides anti-bias, anti-bullying training for schools said it has received 50 percent more requests for programs compared to this time last year.

White nationalist flyers posted across UCLA

"UCLA White Students Group" flyers appeared across UCLA over the weekend. Administrators took them down, but some students said UCLA didn't speak out against them.

School district deploys administrators to calm students

Santa Ana Unified moved to head off student protests on Monday by deploying about 100 central office administrators to talk to students.

Los Angeles-area teachers talk with kids about Trump victory

On Wednesday, teachers and other public school staff had to step in and deal with fallout from the election of Donald Trump as president.

LA voters hit the polls early; some report delays

Voters lined up before polls opened to cast their ballots before work. Some polling places faced longer-than-usual lines, and a handful reported voting delays because of technical problems.

UC doubling outreach to underrepresented communities

University of California officials have scheduled 100 outreach events in underrepresented communities. The goal is to reach qualified students who may not apply.

California warns tech companies against mining student data for profit

Public officials warn schools to remain vigilant that educational technology companies don't violate student data privacy laws.

Advocates urge Long Beach schools to reform student discipline

While school districts in Los Angeles and Oakland have overhauled student discipline, advocates say Long Beach schools have fallen way short.

Driver from fatal bus crash previously appeared to fall asleep at wheel

A passenger who once rode regularly with the driver whose casino tour bus crashed into a large truck Sunday says she quit riding with him because he appeared to doze off at the wheel.

Tour bus in fatal crash was out of compliance with safety standards

The gambling tour bus that crashed Sunday morning, leaving 13 dead and injuring 31, had four out of eight tires that didn't meet the minimum recommended tread depth.

Do at-large community college elections dilute Latino power?

The Los Angeles Community College District is the latest public entity challenged by lawyers for having an at-large voting method to elect trustees.