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

Cal State students bound for Havana as Cuba travel opens

Student journalists will report on Cuba in an exchange program between California State University Fullerton and the University of Havana.

Inglewood schools leader balances budget, says he's leaving

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.

Study challenges previous research on special ed students

A new report questions the basis for efforts to limit services for minority students overrepresented in special ed programs.

Mexican writer granted asylum creating literary life in U.S.

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.

Thousands of seats to open at California public universities

About 12,300 new seats will open at Cal State campuses, while 5,000 could also open at University of California campuses. But there are strings attached.

Long Beach effort graduates college-bound African-Americans

A Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach Unified partnership supports black male students through high school so they can enter college.

Now that Common Core tests largely over, it's a waiting game

Most California school districts have completed the standardized tests taken online and aligned to Common Core. How should parents view the results when they arrive later this summer?

Students with 'D' for A-G class likely shut out of UC, Cal State

A D grade will get LAUSD students out of high school but not into University of California or California State University. Their options: community colleges or make-up classes.

Some say feds Corinthian loan forgiveness not enough

All former Corinthian Colleges students should be forgiven their student loans because of the company's deceptive practices, a Legal Aid Foundation attorney says.

Water not major factor as schools go to artificial grass

Replacing a natural grass field with artificial turf can cost up to $5 million, while reconditioning an existing grass field yearly can cost about $250,000.

$30 million awarded for school water conservation projects

California schools win state water board grants to build water-saving projects and teach conservation. Los Angeles Unified will get $5 million.

End California's ban on race-based university admissions, nonprofit says

Authors of a study from the nonprofit The Campaign for College Opportunity say the ban should be overturned to help improve college attainment rates for African-Americans.

LAUSD selects deputy to head technology office

Shahryar Khazei steps in to head Los Angeles Unified's information technology office and continue work to fix the district's troubled student data system.

Hot Wheels school lessons draw raves and criticism

Mattel funded university researchers to create math and science lessons for fourth-graders using Hot Wheels cars. Critics say the partnership crosses the line.

Cal State: $59M more needed to increase enrollment

The California State University plans to push for more state funds than that provided in the governor's budget plan so it can expand enrollment by 10,000 students.