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

Death in 1985 Mexico quake brings together L.A. residents

L.A. fans of the late Rodrigo Gonzalez call him the Mexican Bob Dylan. He died in the 1985 Mexico City earthquake that left more than 10,000 dead.

As charter schools make top 10 test score list, what parents should consider

Los Angeles charter schools scored among the highest in the latest standardized tests, but one expert said test results aren't all that parents should consider in choosing schools.

Test scores show achievement gap, even in high-performing schools

Educators search for solutions as latest scores reflect continuing divide between white and Asian students on one end and black and Latino students on the other.

Hiring spree on at California community colleges

The new state budget includes $62 million for all 112 California community colleges to hire new, full-time faculty. Colleges want new hires for fall 2016.

Common Core test scores show more learning needed

The results of the newest standardized tests signal trouble in the teaching and learning of Common Core concepts, particularly in math.

More indicted in $50 million schools drug rehab case

All of the defendants worked at Long Beach-based Atlantic Health Services (formerly Atlantic Recovery Services or ARS). In many cases, services were not provided or were provided to students without substance abuse problems, prosecutors say.

As California forest fires flare, fire academy graduates called in

Programs like the Wildland Fire Academy at Rio Hondo College teach skills sought by the U.S. Forest Service to fight fires.

Calif. students aren't all learning college readiness, study finds

California adopted Common Core learning standards in part to better prepare students for college. But a new study says some teachers aren't teaching college readiness.

State lawmakers approve fix to high school exit exam snafu

The state Senate approved a measure Monday that frees roughly 5,000 seniors who were stuck in graduation limbo after officials canceled the high school exam.

California attorney general warns of student loan scams

Average student loan debt amount in California — about $20,000 — is much lower than in most other states, but the number of people graduating with debt is growing.

LAUSD reports few problems as data system handles first day of school

The Los Angeles Unified officials report no major problems as the student data system's handles first-day traffic.

Back to school to test readiness of LAUSD data system

As students return to class Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified district officials express confidence in the MiSiS data system that last year created havoc for many pupils.

LAUSD teacher Rafe Esquith files suit, district adds new charges

Los Angeles Unified says investigators revealed serious allegations against well-known Los Angeles Unified teacher Rafe Esquith. His attorney said the district is acting like a criminal cartel.

Summer algebra camp for black students aims to open doors to college

Community churches worked with the California State University to run summer classes helping African American students get up to speed on the math classes required for college entry.

New law bars revelation of child's immigration status in civil suits

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill, prompted by Miramonte lawsuits, that prevents release of the immigration status of children in civil suits where damages could be awarded.