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

LAUSD board to vote on tentative teacher deal

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.

Burbank school board approves contract for controversial superintendent candidate

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 still scratching their heads on Common Core math

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.

Advocates push for statewide breakfast in the classroom

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 high schools violate cap and gown law

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.

Trial to decide if Cal State pays students back $50 million

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.

OC classrooms to remain shut down for asbestos remediation

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.

College bank cards charging high overdraft fees, watchdogs say

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.

Slow results for major community college initiative

The Student Success Initiative holds community college students more accountable for completing their studies. Students have to pick a major their first year.

California graduation rate ranks 31st among states, DC

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.

Cal State to hold conference on teaching diverse students

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 campuses seek to reduce student enrollment

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.

As UC tuition, living costs rise, students tap food programs

With University of California tuition and housing costs increasing, students feel squeezed and hunger becomes part of campus life.

Ferguson, fire, Mexico unrest ignite LA artist’s creativity

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.

California online schools have high dropout rate, report finds

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.