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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
The Los Angeles Unified board is set to meet in closed session to discuss a tentative teacher contract, although the total cost of the agreement remains undisclosed.
L.A. Unified's chief strategist has been picked for the Burbank Unified superintendent job despite being dogged by his connection to former LAUSD chief John Deasy and his tech projects.
Parents wonder if kids won't be able to add if they are just taught how to think about a problem under Common Core math. Officials say memorization isn't enough.
Food policy advocates want the state to require needy schools to offer a version of LAUSD's breakfast in the classroom program, despite teacher complaints.
California public schools can't require students to buy a cap and gown to participate in a graduation ceremony, but some districts are leaving students in the dark about their options.
In 2009, the California State University forced students to pay about $300 in additional fees after they'd already sent in their checks. A civil suit seeks a refund.
The Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach expects to spend up to $13 million to pay for costs related to asbestos clean up at three campuses.
Some colleges and universities partner with banks to issue bank cards that students can use as checking accounts and to receive and spend financial aid money.
The Student Success Initiative holds community college students more accountable for completing their studies. Students have to pick a major their first year.
The latest graduation rates released by the U.S. Department of Education show that California is doing better than some states in selected measures but worse in others.
Researchers say that explaining how to do an assignment and why an assignment will help them helps disadvantaged and minority students stay in college and graduate.
Cal State Northridge wants to apply tougher admissions standards starting in the fall, citing a budget that limits the number of classes it can offer.
With University of California tuition and housing costs increasing, students feel squeezed and hunger becomes part of campus life.
Images of fire, protests and tear gas from Ferguson, Mexico City, and downtown L.A. have landed in the inbox of L.A. painter Sandy Rodriguez.
In The Public Interest, a labor group-funded think tank, released a report calling for a probe of California Virtual Academies, which says it is in a union fight.