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

Hertzberg Hopes to Rise Above Pack

In the first of five profiles of LA mayoral candidates, former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg makes a name for himself by putting forth bold proposals such as breaking up the Los Angeles Unified School District and releasing an unusual TV ad.

Funeral Held for Black Teenager Shot By Cop

More than 400 people attend the services for Devin Brown, the African American teenager who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in LA.

Teachers Unions Vow to Fight Merit Pay Proposal

The second of two reports on Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to base teachers' pay on performance examines union opposition to the proposal.

An LA County School's Experiment with Merit Pay

The first of two reports on Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to base teachers' pay on performance examines a school where merit pay has been called a success

Music Merchants Pound the Drum for Music Education

As the International Music Products Association holds its trade show in Anaheim, some say the poor state of music education doesn't bode well for the industry.

Cleanup Begins After Record-Setting Storm

Boat owners at the Long Beach Marina are cleaning up from a storm that washed tons of debris into local waterways.

Governor's Budget Plan Spares Community Colleges

The budget proposal released by Governor Schwarzenegger would keep fees the same at community colleges. It would also provide money for additional student enrollment.

From 'Ecstasy' to the Eighties

The Museum of Contemporary Art previews its 2005 schedule. Exhibits will include works by a 1980s "art star," and a collection of psychedelic art.

Educators Blast Governor's Plans to Reform Education

In his State of the State speech, Governor Schwarzenegger called for a merit pay system for teachers, where salary would be linked to performance rather than tenure. The proposal is not going over well with many Southern California educators

Southern California Indian Community Bands Together to Help Tsunami Victims

The need for relief is unquestioned among Indian immigrants in Southern California, but there is a great deal of debate over how aid should be delivered

California Schools Get Low Grade From Research Group

A study by the non-profit Rand Corporation finds schools in California lag behind other states in most qualitative measures.

Filipino Sailors Stranded in LA

A 13-member crew from the Philippines is left behind by the officers of a cargo ship. The officers skipped bail after being accused of creating subhuman living conditions aboard the ship and dumping oil waste near the shore.

Gallery for Graffiti Artists is Demolished

Graffiti advocates lose fight to save Belmont Tunnel, which spray paint muralists have used for decades to display their art.

Cal State Teaching Assistants Go On Strike

Thousand of California State University teaching assistants hold a one-day strike, accusing the university of using stalling tactics in labor negotiations.

LAUSD, Teachers Negotiate Pay Raise

Los Angeles school teachers hold an informational picket line calling for a cost of living increase. School district officials say they can't afford it.