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

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.

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.