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

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.

Long Beach teachers say heat grinds learning to a stop

During a late September heat wave, teachers at a downtown Long Beach school documented classroom temperatures between 92 and 102 degrees.

Californians' college debt is growing

A new report says the average debt of college graduates grew to about $30,000 nationwide. California's debt is lower, at $22,000.

LA community colleges closely watching 2 ballot measures

Prop. 55 would continue some state taxes to fund schools and community colleges. Measure CC would generate bond funds for L.A. community college facilities.

Prop. 58 would undo bilingual education limits

California schools are limited in how much of a foreign language they can use to help English learner students. Proposition 58 would undo those limits.

Accreditation worries students of for-profit colleges

Observers say the for-profit college industry is going through a shakeout of quality schools after a "gold rush" period in the last decade.

Court throws out California teacher evaluation lawsuit

The lawsuit alleged 13 school districts blatantly violated state law that compels school districts to use student test scores to evaluate teachers.

ITT Tech closure a 'housing crisis' for veterans

Military veterans left without full-time college classes by the closure of ITT Tech will stop receiving monthly housing allowances.

Some community colleges won't transfer all ITT Tech credits

Community colleges are reaching out to former ITT Tech students, but they aren't offering to transfer all their classes to continue their degrees.

Schools say English learners monitor list wrong

State officials will begin monitoring schools in Santa Monica, Burbank, San Gabriel, and Riverside to make sure English learners don't fall through the cracks.

Community colleges make a play for former ITT Tech students

Community colleges are trying to reach former ITT Tech students who are deciding how to continue their higher education after their schools shut down.

Here’s who pays for community college 'promise' programs

Sixteen of California's 23 community college "promise" programs were announced this year. Most promise a year of free college tuition, while some offer more.

Commentary: RIP Juan Gabriel, the greatest songwriter of his generation

Gabriel was 66 when he died at home this past Sunday. KPCC's education correspondent remembers the star for who he was: the greatest songwriter of his generation.