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

First round of LAUSD superintendent search winding down

L.A. Unified's superintendent search is still in the first phase of interviews even though school board members have said they want a new leader by the New Year.

Shooter visited 11 school sites as health inspector

San Bernardino school officials checked and cleared 11 school sites after they found out shooter Syed Rizwan Farook had been there as a county health inspector.

Schools offer crisis intervention after shootings

Some school districts in California use the PREPaRE intervention method created by the National Association of School Psychologists.

LAUSD board gets first names of superintendent candidates

L.A. Unified's school board wants to hold three rounds of interviews this month with candidates for its top job. The first round of interviews starts on Sunday.

Admission into California universities much tougher

Cal State turned away nearly 140,000 eligible students between 2009-2014, while at U.C. entering classes at six of nine campuses have higher than 4.0 GPAs.

SBA chief wants nonbank lenders to lower rates for small firms

As alternative lenders take more of the small business loan market, Maria Contreras-Sweet says she is telling them their rates must be "more rational."

LAUSD wants opinions on major changes to school calendar

How about a seven week winter break, and five week summer break for L.A. Unified students? The school district would hold intervention classes in that break.

New UCLA study posits positive link between decline in school suspensions and academic performance

As California public schools have overhauled their suspension policies in recent years, a new study out Monday quantifies the effects.

California suspension rates way down, study finds

California recorded 709,580 suspensions in the 2011-2012 academic year. Two years later that number declined nearly a third.

LAUSD charter expansion worries charter school supporters

Heads of three major California nonprofits called for more analysis of a plan to double the number of charter schools in Los Angeles.

LAUSD wants superintendent who's been teacher, principal

The Los Angeles Unified school board specified what it wants to see in candidates for superintendent who it plans to interview next month.

LAUSD graduation rates rise after exit exam is eliminated

Los Angeles Unified released school-by-school graduation rates Monday. Look up the rate for your child's high school.

At CSU trustees meeting, money to be a hot topic inside and outside

While California State University trustees take up a proposal this week to seek millions more from lawmakers, faculty members plan to rally outside for higher salaries.

Broad Foundation defends LA charter school expansion plan

Organization expects the plan to cost $490 million to staff new charter schools, find sites, and round up support from the region's political leadership.

LAUSD's dire financial future aired as board considers impact of charters

Los Angeles Unified lost about 100,000 students in the last six years, leading to a decline in state funding based on student counts. Half of the decline has been attributed to charter schools.