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, Long Beach schools want longer federal exemption

They're among seven California districts asking for a longer exemption to penalties under No Child Left Behind. No other California districts are exempt.

California dropout rates dip for third year

Officials said public schools are increasingly focusing on dropout data, and that's pushing teachers and principals to find ways to improve graduation rates.

USC Shoah Foundation inaugurates genocide studies center

The Center for Advanced Genocide Research will host an inaugural conference in November focusing on the film Schindler's List.

This man wants to change teaching in California

Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch is funding a lawsuit seeking to dismantle teacher protections in California, claiming they hurt kids. What's in it for him?

UC Riverside to expand faculty by nearly half in 5 years

UC Riverside is planning to expand faculty by more than 40 percent to position the campus as the principal research engine in the Inland Empire.

You've heard of a selfie, but what about a 'shelfie'?

The Commerce Library's contest seeks to rebrand libraries as useful for people of all ages. You do know what a "shelfie" is, don't you?

Report: California community college completion rates down

Many community colleges are struggling with completion rates. The state average is 48 percent. Southern California colleges range from 61 to 31 percent.

Charter schools win grants to improve kids' health

ICEF charter school group won a $845,000 federal grant. It'll use it to teach healthy eating and track student health indicators.

Lots of problems as new California testing gains steam

More than 600 teachers call the California Department of Education every day asking for help with the new computer-based standardized tests.

New teacher dismissal bill could succeed where others failed

If approved in Sacramento, a new bill would speed the process for removing teachers accused of sexual abuse, child abuse and some drug crimes.

UC teaching assistants stage 1-day strike

13,000 UC teaching assistants, tutors, and readers are represented by the United Auto Workers. The next contract talks are scheduled April 15 and 16.

Report highlights inequality in public school funding

Researchers say foundation donations have widened funding inequities among California public schools, with students in richer communities reaping the benefits.

Asbestos cleanup closes Brea school after Friday's quake

Since 2007, LA Unified has used a USGS program called ShakeCast to quickly identify the potential for damage to campuses following an earthquake.

Calif teacher job protections at stake in bellwether trial

After two months, the closely watched Vergara vs. California trial, which challenges teacher seniority and job protections, wraps up with closing arguments.

Students say Cal State broke tuition freeze promise

Trying to recover from deep funding cuts during the recent recession, some Cal State campuses implemented "success fees" to bolster instructional programs.