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

CSU Long Beach shuts down water fountains after lead testing

Students tested drinking fountain water at Cal State Long Beach and found lead. A university follow up confirmed the findings and turned them off.

UCLA backs down from free speech confrontation

After a challenge from a Republican student group, UCLA administrators say they won't charge students a fee to host controversial speaker Ben Shapiro.

Attorney general takes sides in LA free speech suit

Jeff Sessions supports a Pierce College student who says he was stopped from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution in Spanish.

CSUN professors 'revolt' over academic changes

Faculty leaders at Cal State Northridge say changes ordered over the summer for all 23 CSU campuses are hasty and may do students more harm than good. The orders eliminated non-credit remedial classes and some general education requirements like intermediate algebra.

LA disabled college students sue campus over access

Without a campus shuttle, are disabled college students blocked from an adequate education? That'll be the central question in a federal trial set for Tuesday.

More foreign students denied university student visas

Cal State Long Beach says the number of visas denied to international students it had accepted was three times greater this year.

Southern California victims of the Las Vegas shooting

The local victims include a Simi Valley school office manager, a Manhattan Beach special education teacher and a Manhattan Beach civilian police employee.

Where did Ref Rodriguez get the cash for his alleged money laundering scheme?

L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez had many public school business dealings when he allegedly laundered campaign funds while running for office.

Some SoCal colleges plan to ignore new recommendations on sexual assault

California schools appear to be keeping stronger sexual assault investigation policies as the federal government changes what it recommends colleges do.

LAUSD board president charged with conspiracy over campaign contributions

Los Angeles Unified School Board President Ref Rodriguez and his cousin were charged Wednesday by the L.A. District Attorney's office for allegedly reimbursing almost $25,000 in campaign donations back to donors.

Report: Community college isn't a cheaper route to a university

Advocates say the long transfer times at community college make it a more expensive for students aiming for a four-year university.

Enrollment dropping at many community colleges

Community colleges are pushing "promise" programs, partnerships with high schools, and marketing to help turn around a student enrollment drop.

DACA: California schools step up legal, counseling support

California schools are stepping up their legal and counseling teams in the wake of the decision to end Obama-era protections for young immigrants who lack documentation.

Hundreds of community college students use crisis text line

California community college students are using a new crisis text line to help solve mental health crises. Those crises often involve homelessness and money.

Most LAUSD grads enroll in college, but few finish

A new study found that 70 percent of L.A. Unified graduates enroll in college, but only a quarter of those end up earning a college degree within six years.