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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
USC's MFA program graduated renowned artists, but the entire first-year class withdrew in May over a recent downsizing of the program.
Los Angeles Unified agreed to better train its staff and carry out other changes to address problems with its special education services.
Teachers feel professional development is the missing piece in their effort to begin mastering the new Common Core learning standards.
David Binkle, L.A. Unified's food services division head, stepped down after managing a $341 million budget and a division that serves half a million students daily.
For years, community colleges have allowed high school students to enroll but the rules favor high-achieving students. Administrators want to open the doors wider.
Inglewood Unified has been sitting on $90 million in bonds funds to fix dilapidated schools. A new citizens' oversight committee allows the repairs to proceed.
Los Angeles Unified overhauled its food division to cut costs and make meals more appetizing. The changes led to mismanagement and ethical violations, an audit found.
Los Angeles Unified's newest teachers are attending summer workshops that teach them techniques in reducing stress, for their students' sake and their own health.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges found significant problems with how the college is run, but not serious enough to close the campus.
A state bill would bar state and local properties from taking the names of Confederacy leaders and a petition calls for D.W. Griffith's name to be struck from a school.
Increases in funding after years of cuts helped more Los Angeles Unified campuses open up summer classes, just in time for tougher graduation requirements.
Student journalists will report on Cuba in an exchange program between California State University Fullerton and the University of Havana.
Inglewood Unified's school board gave up local control in 2012 when it asked for a state bailout loan to avoid bankruptcy. It'll remain in receivership for years.
A new report questions the basis for efforts to limit services for minority students overrepresented in special ed programs.
In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, writer Dolores Dorantes received death threats. The U.S. granted her asylum and now her latest work reflects on her four years here.