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

Big change to UC application stressing students out

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.

Advocates: More transparency needed for new education funds

School districts make financial reports available to the public, but advocates say those reports are missing a lot of funding information.

California graduation rates up for struggling students

Latino, African American, American Indian, and English learner students are improving their graduation rates more than the statewide average.

Report: California making strides with English learners

Some California schools are tackling English learner education by targeting students who've been in the programs for five years or more.

California lags in personal finance education

A 2013 law tried to get better financial literacy instruction into California schools. But so far, teachers and advocates say, that effort has failed.

Fight brewing over new school accountability system

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.

California test opt-out rates look highest among 11th graders

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.

Cal State goes back to negotiating table, may avert a strike

California State University management and the union that represents faculty say they may announce a settlement on Friday to their contract dispute.

Cal State campuses say education will go on during strike

Cal State campuses are preparing for the education and safety logistics of a five-day faculty strike. Campuses say they'll be open for business.

Compton on verge of reforming schools' trauma policies

Lawyers who sued Compton Unified last year say childhood trauma experts are helping school officials craft reforms for the entire school district.

The SoCal roots of SCOTUS's big union dues decision run deep

The lead plaintiff in the case, Rebecca Friedrichs, is a local teacher who says she plans to continue the fight.

Independent report recommends Cal State faculty raises

The non-binding report acknowledges the Great Recession "severely impacted" CSU, but it recommends a 5-percent raise for faculty over two years.

Easing testing anxiety for special education students

Officials made changes this year aimed at making Smarter Balanced tests more accommodating for the 300,000 special education students who sit for the exams.

Loving dogs to give Compton teens less trauma, more awws

Teen students train shelter dogs to help the dogs get adopted. The dogs help the students cope with the trauma of living in one of the most violent parts of L.A.

CSU faculty urge action on high counselor to student ratio

Faculty point to data they gathered that suggests all but three of the 23 campuses have ratios significantly higher than what’s recommended by experts.