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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 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.
A lawsuit says the Los Angeles Unified School District failed in its responsibility to investigate if Superintendent Ramon Cortines sexually harassed an employee.
All California school employees, including substitute teachers, are required to show proof of having had annual training to spot child abuse or neglect.
In 1963, Sal Castro founded the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference to help students apply for college. Alumni include former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Public Safety Academy, a public charter school in San Bernardino preparing teens for police and firefighter careers, had grade requirements that violated state law.
Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles is seeing improvements as it climbs back from months of class scheduling problems tied to the data system known as MiSiS.
Students at five California high schools continue to be enrolled in "service" periods with no academic content and "home" periods during which they're sent home.
LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines directs administrators to keep classes with enrollments as large as 45-plus students in check.
The learning routine of about 1,600 students has been in upheaval as they've been displaced from their Huntington Beach schools during asbestos cleanup.