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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
The students at many Los Angeles high schools are a rich ethnic mosaic. But at some campuses, that mosaic shatters into jagged pieces. It was like that at one San Fernando Valley school – but an 18-year-old high school student helped put the pieces back together again. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has her story.
Cal State Long Beach is “Comedy Central” for the next three days. The campus is hosting humor scholars from around the world as part of the 21st International Society for Humor Studies conference.
A new study of charter schools in 16 states, including California, finds that the vast majority of those independent public schools are not doing much better than their traditional counterparts.
Several school districts are holding elections this month on whether to let voters approve taxes on parcels of land to fund public schools. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says education advocates are pushing changes in Sacramento to make it easier for these kinds of measures to pass.
Several hundred people attending a Los Angeles arts town hall today heard encouraging words about the outlook for Southland cultural organizations.
Arts educators say this year’s high school graduations include more students interested in the performing arts than ever. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez introduces a Southland graduating senior who’s decided to pursue a new type of college degree that she hopes will start her on the road to pop music stardom.
L.A. Unified's school board paid tribute on Tuesday to its longest serving board member. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
The union that represents Los Angeles public school teachers says it won’t agree to any pay concessions until district administrators change the way they allocate federal stimulus money. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
As social welfare programs get the axe, a century-old Los Angeles nonprofit just broke ground on a 48,000 square foot center just west of downtown L.A. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the agency provides mental health and trauma services for young people.
Grim-faced LAPD officials announced the arrest of one of their own for murder Friday. Detective Stephanie Lazarus was a patrol officer when she allegedly murdered her ex-boyfriend’s wife 23 years ago. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports on her extraordinary arrest at police headquarters.
Sacrifice and hardship are behind many of the degrees awarded this graduation season. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with a military veteran about the struggles she faced on her way to graduation day.
Officials at Cal Poly Pomona said today they’ve suspended a campus fraternity and nine of its members after an initiation ceremony caused one student to suffer serious burns. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
At an L.A. Unified news conference today Superintendent Ramon Cortines defended his decision to eliminate summer school for more than 200,000 students this year. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.
Since it opened 16 years ago, the Jazz Bakery's become one of the top jazz clubs in the Southland, attracting the country's top musicians. It's a listening room; that is, a concert room free of waiters and clinking glasses and plates. This Sunday's show will be the last at the venue's longtime home in the historic Helms Bakery building. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stopped by this week.
Several hundred L.A. Unified students skipped class this morning and marched to school district headquarters in downtown L.A. to protest planned teacher layoffs. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.