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

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.

LAUSD, superintendent sued in sexual harassment case

A lawsuit says the Los Angeles Unified School District failed in its responsibility to investigate if Superintendent Ramon Cortines sexually harassed an employee.

Schools new mandatory abuse reporting training now online

All California school employees, including substitute teachers, are required to show proof of having had annual training to spot child abuse or neglect.

Followers of late educator Sal Castro keep his mission alive

In 1963, Sal Castro founded the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference to help students apply for college. Alumni include former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Schools expelling students with low grades under scrutiny

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 class fixes taking hold after court order

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.

Judge asked to order class schedule fixes at 5 high schools

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 data highlights classes with large enrollments

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines directs administrators to keep classes with enrollments as large as 45-plus students in check.

Displaced Huntington Beach students return to campus

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.

Teacher jobs, once sparse, poised for comeback

California educators expect more teachers will become credentialed as school districts ramp up their hiring after years of layoffs and few openings.

Tuition plan gets a push from Biden, shrug from some

Vice President Joe Biden promoted the administration's free community college tuition plan, but it's California's cost of living that's the real problem, he's told.

Should CA follow AZ’s lead and make civics test a graduation requirement?

After success in Arizona, civics education advocates are looking to push through a requirement in California that public school students pass an exam based on one given for U.S. citizenship.

8 SoCal community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees

Community college campuses received approval to offer four-year bachelor's degrees in industrial automation, dental hygiene and other in-demand fields.