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

Trial closer for suit claiming tenure harms students

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 depicts kids with guns in shock advocacy

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.

LA Unified board member Marguerite LaMotte dies

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.

State legislators oppose school funding flexibility proposal

The State Board of Education is set to meet in January to iron out rules for how school districts will implement new use funding and flexibility.

Schools: Feds still don't sign off on California testing changes

The U.S. Department of Education and California's Department of Education have been at odds over the new standardized tests California will administer in the spring.

Cash-strapped California Arts Council pays it forward

The California Arts Council will spend about $2 million in new funds on public school arts education, community-building grants, and arts in juvenile detention.

Calif. schools: Report cards get facelift for Common Core

Many schools are getting revamped report cards as the state adopts new learning standards. Click on the story to see examples of new and old report cards..

After federal threat, California to expand student testing

California students were set to take either the new English or math standardized tests this spring as part of a gradual roll out. Now they'll take both.

Miramonte abuse scandal: Nearly 2 years later, many parents feel kids are safe

LA Unified Schools Superintendent John Deasy apologized to the community where a former teacher abused dozens of children over the years.

Napolitano seeks 2014-2015 tuition freeze for UC

Napolitano proposed streamlining the community college transfer process, improving energy efficiency, and helping research innovations hit the market more quickly.

'Classrooms of Shame' showcases dismal college rooms: Is yours?

A former professor has created a Tumblr feed to document decaying college classrooms. People have posted roach infestations, leaky ceilings, and power outages. Is your classroom falling apart?

Grad students make UC hum on paltry wages

UC Irvine is among campuses struggling to increase the ranks of doctoral students, who are key to research and teach undergraduates. One obstacle: money.

For 1st time, Chinese top the list of foreign students in US universities

California remains a top destination for foreign students, with many choosing USC, UCLA and Stanford universities.

Cal State wants to increase budget for raises, enrollment

California State University is submitting a $4.6 billion budget request to Governor Brown. It's a $237 million increase from this year.

California could lose $3.5 billion federal education funds

California students will be taking in the spring either the math or English field for new learning standards. State officials want to work out problems this year.