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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 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.
California educators expect more teachers will become credentialed as school districts ramp up their hiring after years of layoffs and few openings.
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.
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.
Community college campuses received approval to offer four-year bachelor's degrees in industrial automation, dental hygiene and other in-demand fields.
Some educators support a civics test to graduate from California high schools, but others say students already take too many tests.
Results from new statewide standardized tests will likely be low. But that's fine, some say, because any results will begin to measure progress.
U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan's call for a revision of No Child Left Behind also included a renewal of the administration's support for annual testing.
An ongoing lawsuit alleges California officials did little to oversee school districts teaching English learners, leading to 20,000 falling through the cracks.
KPCC reporter and poet Adolfo Guzman-Lopez on the ground-breaking writer Michele Serros.
Chicana novelist and poet Michele Serros died from cancer over the weekend at the age of 48. She was known for her irreverent observations and humor.
Michele Serros approached her work with irreverence, said her friends. Her insights on growing up as a Southern California Chicana had broad appeal.
As the debate continues over proposed tuition increases for University of California system students versus more state funding, the players lay out their arguments.
Graduates of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute leadership program work in the Obama administration as well as in other federal offices.