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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?
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CSU's Food and Housing Security Conference addressed the access to Cal Fresh benefits, among other things. Many students who qualify don't apply.
"How to write a commencement speech" spits out 799,000 results. Crowd source your commencement speech, what good are your followers and friends anyway?
Great Public Schools Now is managing the charter school expansion plan promoted by philanthropist Eli Broad. The group says it'll fund traditional schools too.
The LAUSD school board is considering a plan to open a college savings account for every student, hoping to ease their path to college completion.
Students and administrators at UCLA are examining campus safety after a murder-suicide earlier this month that left a beloved engineering professor dead.
As of midnight Wednesday, Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger led their respective races for a Los Angeles County Supervisor seat.
Professors say they see UCLA shooting as a sign to look out for students in distress. Some campuses are increasing their mental health services and outreach.
The Assembly is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to give unemployment benefits to janitors, cafeteria workers and other classified staff during the summer, when there isn't much work.
The personal statement is an important part of the University of California application. This year, the system is doubling the number of essays applicants are required to write.
School districts make financial reports available to the public, but advocates say those reports are missing a lot of funding information.
Latino, African American, American Indian, and English learner students are improving their graduation rates more than the statewide average.
Some California schools are tackling English learner education by targeting students who've been in the programs for five years or more.
A 2013 law tried to get better financial literacy instruction into California schools. But so far, teachers and advocates say, that effort has failed.
What metrics should the state use to judge schools? And how much should individual school districts get to decide? That's at the heart of a state policy fight.
Burbank High School had a 41 percent opt-out rate on this year's state standardized tests. That's much higher than the statewide percentage.