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

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.

Michael Brown: Hundreds gather in LA to protest teen's killing

About 500 people gathered in Los Angeles's Leimert Park to protest the killing of teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Judge rules in favor of English language learners

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that California education officials are violating the constitutional rights of English learner students who are not getting specialized instruction in public schools.

Some high schools build 'bridge' for 9th graders

Stealing a page from college “bridge” programs, some Southern California high schools are offering similar programs for incoming 9th graders.

California ordered to give services to all English learners

LA judge says California - not school districts - are on the hook for making sure no English learner students fall through the cracks.

Friday deadline for Calif school district spending plans

Funding increases for California public schools come with strings attached: officials must meet with stakeholders and write a plan outlining how they'll use money.

Under fire, Pasadena City College president steps down

Pasadena City College President Mark Rocha cancelled winter session in 2010 and that unleashed a wave of complaints from faculty and students.

DOJ supports ACLU lawsuit on Calif. English learners

The lawsuit claims state officials knew school districts were failing to provide services for tens of thousands yet failed to act.

Summer school will get you ahead, but it'll cost you

Public schools in Arcadia, Manhattan Beach, and Palos Verdes run fee-based summer school through foundations. Students say they need the credits to get into college.

California elections watchdog reviewing Inglewood allegations

California's Fair Political Practices Commission said Wednesday a KPCC investigation of misuse of public funds at Inglewood schools has raised red flags.