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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
Soldiers from California learned to farm at Cal Poly Pomona this week. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the training precedes a deployment intended to win Afghan hearts and minds with plowshares.
A group of U.S. Army soldiers learned about fighting and farming this week as they prepared to deploy to Afghanistan.
Several dozen Los Angeles high school students wrap up summer school today. They took part in a unique UCLA program that turned them into apprentice researchers and education activists for a month and a half. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spent some time with the young researchers in the field.
Los Angeles city leaders widely praised LAPD chief Bill Bratton’s success at fighting crime after he announced today he’s leaving his post in several months, three years before his term is up. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has this report.
State education officials released updated dropout data this week. Dropout rates rose at some school districts and fell at others. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the rates may not be the most accurate indicator of a school district’s success or failure at graduating students.
Federal agents arrested an Anaheim resident Monday on charges that he modified home video game consoles to play counterfeit games.
Budget cuts hit summer school programs hard in many Southland communities. For more than 30 years one Pasadena summer school program has weathered the funding roller coaster. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit Friday as the month-long program wrapped up for the summer.
California’s superintendent of public schools today visited a Southland school district he says is tackling education inequality by the numbers. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies detained 17 people yesterday at a suspected illegal immigrant drop house in Compton. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.
It was a tough fiscal year for Orange County’s largest arts non-profit. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the details.
Members of California State University’s faculty union have approved a plan to accept two unpaid days off a month beginning next month. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
One Southland school district has rebuilt the traditional schoolhouse... online. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story of the first school of its kind in the state.
As expected, trustees of the California State University system approved a cost cutting plan to help close a half-billion dollar deficit brought on by Sacramento budget cuts. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended the trustees’ meeting in Long Beach and filed this report.
The budget deal the governor and state lawmakers hammered out spreads a lot of pain around California. KPCC's Nick Roman says the state’s public schools, from kindergarten to college, will feel their share.
There’s a new resource for visitors from the United States who’ve been victims of or have witnessed a crime in neighboring Baja California. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.