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

LAUSD board to review report warning of approaching bankruptcy

For Los Angeles Unified to avoid bankruptcy, the panel recommends renegotiating employee benefits, increasing student attendance, and offering early retirement, among other actions.

Former students may qualify for diplomas, but outreach spotty

Former high school students who didn't graduate because they didn't pass the state exit exam may now qualify for a high school diploma — if they learn about it.

Settlement reached in CA lawsuit over 'fake' public school classes

Students who attended six schools in Los Angeles, Compton and Oakland had been assigned to classes that lacked academic value or they were sent home.

Possible candidates emerge in LAUSD superintendent search

Observers see the superintendents in San Francisco, Fresno, Pomona and Fremont as potential candidates in the search for Los Angeles Unified's next superintendent.

LAUSD fires controversial lawyer again over statements

Los Angeles Unified had said lawyer W. Keith Wyatt would not be given any more district legal work. He was rehired a few months later, and fired again this month.

LAUSD board rejects committee to vet superintendent candidates

A proposal pushed by Los Angeles community groups for a committee to interview LAUSD superintendent applicants was voted down.

Q&A: Inside the search for the next LAUSD superintendent

The man who heads the hunt for the next L.A. Unified superintendent says the size of the 650,000-student school district and its high-profile search are adding to the challenge of finding a new leader.

LA mayor says look to the past in search for next LAUSD superintendent

Mayor Eric Garcetti is among the civic leaders sharing opinions on what they'd like to see in the next Los Angeles Unified superintendent.

New Inglewood school leader takes over troubled district

Former San Jose school superintendent Vincent Matthews is the fourth person in three years appointed as head of the Inglewood Unified School District.

Low turnout for LAUSD's first public forum on superintendent search

The first in a series of forums to gather public comment on the next superintendent draws a small, but opinionated audience.

LAUSD iPad settlement now coming out of Pearson’s pocket

The $6.4 million settlement over Los Angeles Unified's botched iPad software is now coming from Pearson, not Apple and Lenovo as had been previously announced.

LAUSD teacher fired by school board, his attorneys fire back

Teacher Rafe Esquith won nationally recognition for his work with the Hobart Shakespeareans, a musical and theater production company made up of students in his classroom.

LAUSD board rejects public forums with superintendent finalists

Los Angeles Unified's school board voted against public forums with superintendent candidates, but plans 100 focus groups.

Report: State may be short 1M college graduates by 2030

With baby boomers retiring in the next 15 years and California's colleges and universities failing to produce graduates fast enough, the state faces a "workplace skills gap," a think tank projects.

Superintendent search: How much is too much public input?

Earlier this year Boston schools live-streamed public interviews with their four superintendent finalists. Will L.A. follow Boston's lead?