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

Pasadena Unified at odds with union over contract

Pasadena Unified’s school superintendent says contract talks with the teachers union are at an impasse – so a mediator should step in.

La Cañada braces for storms

The rains aren’t offering much of a break in the La Cañada Foothills.

3 Cal State Fullerton language degrees may be on chopping block

Cal State Fullerton is considering whether to eliminate degrees in French, German, and Portuguese.

Irvine, the undiscovered beatbox capital?

For decades, young, urban African Americans dominated the vocal percussion known as beat boxing. Now, there’s a Hassidic Jewish beatboxer, beatboxing’s a hit on French television, and last year a British young woman took a top prize at an international competition. A group of high school students wants to put suburban Irvine on the beatbox map.

Charter schools segregated, UCLA report warns

Public charter schools in the Southland and the rest of the country are increasingly segregated, UCLA researchers outline in a report released today. That’s leading, they contend, to unequal educational opportunities.

LAPD Deputy Chief McDonnell named new Long Beach police chief

Long Beach city officials announced today they’ve hired Jim McDonnell — a protégé of former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton — as chief of Long Beach’s 1,000 officer department.

LAUSD begins reform process of low performing schools

A first-of-its-kind experiment began today at dozens of Los Angeles Unified School District campuses. Teacher-led groups are competing with non-profit organizations to run 36 new and low-performing campuses in the district.

Parents, teachers and students vote on LAUSD campus reform plans

Voting begins this morning as the Los Angeles Unified School District allows parents, teachers, and students to cast an advisory vote on which non-profit groups should run three dozen low-performing and new campuses.

Public art needed for MTA's Orange Line extension

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking for a few good artists to enliven passengers’ waiting time.

LA Mexican consulate plans year-long celebrations

Two hundred years ago this year Mexico declared its independence from Spain. One hundred years ago the Mexican Revolution ousted a dictator and delivered significant political and land reforms.

Pasadena Playhouse to close due to financial woes

The curtain’s falling at the Pasadena Playhouse, possibly for good. Administrators said today that the venerable house’s current production will be its last.

High school uses Mexican guitar to motivate students

As Los Angeles Unified School District administrators are set to transfer dozens of campuses this year to non-profit groups that propose new methods to improve learning, the district's Frida Kahlo High School boasts of progress through an innovative East Coast model that got the thumbs up from a Grammy-winning musician this week.

Noted leftist historian Howard Zinn dies in Santa Monica

Howard Zinn, the 87-year-old leftist historian who had taught at Boston University and Spelman College, died in Santa Monica today reportedly of a heart attack.

Activists call for reform of LA School Police Department

As the Los Angeles Unified School Districts seeks a new chief for its police department, student rights advocates today called for an overhaul to the way the department carries out its mission.

Teachers at Capistrano Unified stage work slowdown

The union that represents more than 2,000 San Juan Capistrano teachers ends a work slowdown today as mediators try to thaw a labor contract out of a months-long impasse.