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

$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.

AG truancy report: Student absences highest among low-income, black students

Low-income and African American elementary school students have the highest rates of chronic truancy and absences. Absences have cost public schools $3.5 billion in state funding.

Battle over local control of online college classes

As students seek classes to accommodate busy schedules and campuses look to expand, virtual courses have been multiplying in the state’s massive community college system.

Far-reaching Vergara decision headed for appeal

A state appeals court could hear the Vergara v. California verdict next year. At stake are laws giving teachers tenure after two years and wide job protections.

Inglewood Unified warned about deficit, enrollment drop

Inglewood Unified is the only Southern California school district under state takeover. And only the ninth in California to be taken over by the state.

New science standards push students to think like engineers

New science standards in California schools shift students away from memorization and encourage them to think like engineers - solving problems with logic.

Elections watchdog investigating Inglewood school spending

The Fair Political Practices Commission has opened an investigation into whether about $5,000 of Inglewood Unified school funds was misused in a 2009 election.