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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new movie "Straight Outta Compton" tells the story of how the group N.W.A. broke out, and way down the list of IMDb credits is Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller. But Heller was instrumental in N.W.A.'s success.
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.