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

Breakfast program in schools is latest LAUSD power struggle

LA Unified's superintendent wants to put to a board vote the future of a student breakfast program that doesn't cost the district a dime and helps low-income children.

NYC Mayor gives $350,000 to back LAUSD school board candidate

The donation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg landed with a loud thump on the doorstep of next month’s L.A. Unified school board election.

Law holding parents accountable for kids truancy applied differently

Prosecution is spotty for a law aimed at curbing student truancy by holding parents responsible – to the point of facing jail time – for students who constantly miss class.

ACLU sues California on behalf of 20,000 students, alleges schools fail English learners

A suit by the ACLU alleges that tens of thousands of English learner students languish in public school classrooms without the help schools are mandated to provide.

State penalty possible for Burbank school breach of test security

Incident involved a teacher and third grade students. The breach could invalidate API scores for the school and Burbank Unified.

Six Orange County parents arrested for kids’ chronic truancy

The truancy crackdown is part of a multi-agency gang effort that warns parents first to get their kids back in school - with arrests if there's no change.

MOCA says it has $75 million in promised donations

L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art has a $100 million goal for its endowment. New gifts are from former and current trustees.

Iconic LA teacher who led 1968 walkouts dies

Sal Castro, the Lincoln High School social studies teacher who inspired students to stage mass walkouts from classes to demand better school in 1968, died in his Silver Lake home Monday.

LAUSD teachers vote no confidence against Supt. John Deasy

LA Unified teachers overwhelmingly expressed disappointment with the district's leader. Union president says "the educational program is not on the right track."

California high school graduation rate up to 78 percent

California education officials announced Tuesday that despite years of budget cuts to schools, the state’s high school graduation rate inched up again last year.

UCLA report: Public school suspension policies do more harm than good

While suspension rates for Asian and white students remained largely unchanged from 1973-2010, the rates for African-American and Latino students doubled.

LA charter school founders convicted of embezzlement

Founders of a San Fernando Valley charter school have been convicted of multiple counts of embezzling public funds and filing filing false tax returns

University conference hopes to rally Southland education reformers

A TEDx conference at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday seeks to turn the traditional education conference on its head.

PCC newspaper advisor speaks about tensions at college

Students and faculty at Pasadena City College accuse the administration of suspending college newspaper advisor for covering growing tensions over class cancelations.

Southland school district to buy an iPad for every student

Coachella Valley Unified got the green light Tuesday to spend bond money to put an iPad in every student’s hand and a MacBook in every teacher's lap.