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

UC tuition hike would hurt students, protesters say

UC tuition would rise to $12,804 yearly next fall or $612 more than this year. The planned increases would increase tuition to $15,564 by 2019.

Charters' volunteer requirements prevent enrollments, report says

Parents told public interest lawyers that some publicly funded charter schools told them to pay if they couldn't fulfill their volunteer hours.

Inglewood teachers lash out at schools chief for remarks

Inglewood Unified schools trustee Don Brann justified his $135,000 security detail by saying he didn’t feel safe in the city. One teacher asks, “What have we done to make you scared of us?”

Long Beach school district prefers teacher collaboration

The Long Beach and Los Angeles school districts are a picture of contrasts in their approaches to teacher performance and teacher tenure.

CSU trustees approve budget plan, weigh student fees

The California State University board of trustees approved a $269 million budget request and heard students comments on so-called success fees.

Unpaid retail jobs for LA high school credits draw criticism

School districts in Burbank, Garden Grove and Los Angeles offer retail merchandising for high school students who work unpaid in large stores.

Parents want LA schools magnet application improved

The California Department of Education says Los Angeles Unified's magnet school enrollment ballooned in recent years.

CSU hires systemwide sexual harassment compliance officer

Two CSU campuses didn't do enough to post sexual assault policies or train employees, according to a June 2014 legislative audit.

Top LA school officials ignored red flags in flawed data system

Latest problem with L.A. Unified's data system delays elementary school report cards for a week, impacting parent-teacher conferences.

LA schools teacher travel ban snags students' field trip

L.A. Unified's superintendent said that too many teachers are requesting substitutes for out-of-classroom activities, prompting a ban on teacher travel.

Class scheduling mistakes equal high stakes for one student

“They were just being patient but you could see frustration in their eyes,” 12th-grader Jason Magaña said about hundreds of students with incorrect schedules.

LA Unified system creating errors in student transcripts

“If it’s unfixable then we’ll deal with that when we get to it,” said a L.A. Unified board member about flawed $130 million student data system.

Jefferson High class scheduling fix-it plan may fall short

ACLU wants school officials to detail how they came up with the number of students who lost class time because of a new student data system.

Despite pay, new LA schools supe says he won't use Deasy

Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he won't be calling on resigned Superintendent Deasy for advice, despite reports that the district will pay the former supe $60,000 as a paid adviser through the end of this calendar year.

Cortines a familiar face at LA Unified, but is he the right choice?

Ramon Cortines has led the school districts in Pasadena, San Francisco, and New York City. He's now taking over as L.A. Unified superintendent for the third time.