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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
At a meeting that went late into the night, the L.A. Unified school board voted to call a special election to fill the late Marguerite LaMotte's seat.
LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy invited African American leaders to join an "advisory committee" for the district left vacant by board member LaMotte's death.
Latinos in California's best high schools mostly enroll in community college after graduation, while their white and Asian peers go to four-year universities.
More than 10 million people receive federal financial aid for higher education. But it all starts with an application, which is now available.
School districts will have to submit a detailed plan by July on how they plan to use new funding to improve learning for disadvantaged students.
The GED's makeover includes drag and drop options on a computer screen to demonstrate grasp of concepts. And there are more essay questions, too.
Just over half of Teach for America's teachers label themselves "people of color." The group wants to further diversify its teacher corps.
There's plenty of activity at public school campuses across Southern California during winter break - and it's not pencil sharpening.
Backers of the proposed ballot measure say seniority-based layoffs deprive many students of a quality education. The largest state teachers' union is opposed.
Covered California sent out letters with inaccurate information to nearly 114,000 insurance applicants. Corrected letters are 'on their way out the door.'
Covered California's chief says those with cancelled individual plans can buy catastrophic policies, while arguing that they are not 'a good value.'
UCLA and Occidental College joined a program to help students at a handful of out-of-state community colleges transfer to a four year institution — for a fee.
Vergara vs. California would undo teacher job protections, such as tenure. The group that filed the suit says protections deprive students of adequate education.
LA photographer Greg Cohen grew up near Newtown, Connecticut. His exhibit of kids and guns portraits, Farewell to Arms is his effort to call for gun control.
LaMotte was perhaps the strongest ally for teachers on the school board - and a vocal critic of the superintendent. The cause of death was not immediately known.