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

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.

$1.1M Jefferson High plan approved by school board

Los Angeles Unified plan calls for spending $1.1 million to fund an additional 30-minute school day, add 15 new class sections, and increase support personnel.

Judge tells state to fix problems at LA's Jefferson High

A judge is ordering California officials to get involved in fixing scheduling and class assignment problems, which he says unconstitutionally deprived students.

Parents, students focus on schools as Deasy evaluated

Students and parents may not know all about the politics swirling around the Superintendent John Deasy. What do they care about? The classroom.

High school throws a party to help kids apply to college

Administrators at the UCLA Community School, a public school in Koreatown, believe a strong safety net of adult support is what students need for college admission.

Big holes in California website disclosing educators’ pay

“I think people should ask their local leaders to do the right thing, to share the information,” said California's Controller about charter schools' salary data.

$335,000 for school leader security raises eyebrows

Inglewood Unified's state trustee is protected and driven during the workday by a California Highway Patrol officer through the Dignitary Protection Section.

Students trying to find their own sexual consent language

As new sexual assault requirements roll out at Occidental College, students grapple with what they can say and what they can't do.

High school exit exam pass rates remain flat

A little more than more than 95.5 percent of high school seniors passed the California high school exit exam, but a gap still remains among ethnic groups.

Classrooms have AC but heat still sizzling some classes

The latest heat wave has prompted L.A. Unified to hold air-conditioning repair technicians on overtime to keep classrooms comfortable.