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

Cal State using Smarter Balanced results for enrollment

California State University campuses are now using Smarter Balanced test scores to ensure incoming students are ready for college-level work.

Smarter Balanced test scores a bigger deal this time around

Scores were low last year on California's standardized tests of English and math. This year, educators will be looking closely for any improvement.

Inglewood schools lagging under state takeover, auditor says

Inglewood Unified has a new state administrator running the schools. Balancing the budget and turning around dropping student enrollment are his key tasks.

Compton teachers call in sick for second time in a week

Teachers in Compton have called in sick twice in one week as their union and the school district are at odds over a pay increase.

Nearly 1 in 4 Cal State students go hungry, new report says

Student hunger and homelessness is growing at the California State University campuses. Some campuses do a lot more than others to help.

Myriad challenges to improve Cal State graduation rates

A proposal by a state senator would freeze tuition for California State University students who pledge to finish their undergraduate degree in four years.

Pasadena sued over special education school

While most schools have moved away from segregating special education students, Pasadena relies on a separate campus for some students with disabilities.

California court to rule on suit to scrap K-12 funding system

The lawsuit argues that California's public school funding system should be driven by how much college readiness costs.

LAUSD's charter schools conflict escalates

United Teachers Los Angeles could use millions of dollars from a new member-dues increase to challenge pro-charter school school board members.

Is LAUSD unfairly rejecting charter school applications?

Charter school supporters said LAUSD's school board approved 89 percent of the charter petitions it received in 2013 while that approval rate fell by half this year.

Parents won't give LAUSD a second chance to improve school

The group Parent Revolution has helped parents at six LAUSD schools use California's parent trigger law to make changes at their schools.

State lawmakers pitch 3 ideas to combat teacher shortage

State legislators unveiled three proposals on Tuesday aimed at better recruiting and supporting new teachers to help address a shortage.

Many more California students approved to get free lunch

California officials now match social welfare data with student data to automatically enroll students in free lunch programs.

Digital media project links university and Indian tribes

Mentorship, advocates say, is the biggest challenge to success for California's American Indian youth. A new media project tries to help.

California doesn't offer dance, theater teaching credentials

People who've studied dance or theater in college must earn credentials in PE or English to teach their preferred subject in California public schools.