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

Grants to help secretaries and bus drivers become teachers

Amid a large teacher shortage in California, new state grants will help school employees such as secretaries and cafeteria workers get their teaching credentials.

Schools scrambling to stop the drop in student enrollment

School districts are adding dual language immersion, International Baccalaureate, and extended after-school day care to try to stop enrollment drops.

Fixing community college remedial classes

Remedial education at California community colleges has done more to block students from their career goals than to help. It's undergoing a major overhaul.

New community college chief on preparing for Trump

The new California Community Colleges Chancellor says his two-year campuses can help the Trump administration's infrastructure program and jobs training efforts.

Anaheim's lawsuit to shut down an online charter school

Staff at the Orange County Department of Education recommended the board of education deny Epic Charter School's petition to open. The board approved it. Now, there's a lawsuit.

Long Beach wants to scrap 11th grade exams in favor of SATs

Long Beach wants to swap a required state test for eleventh graders for the SATs to better prepare them for college and cut unnecessary standardized testing.

Should the entire Thanksgiving week be a school holiday?

Absences shoot up at some schools that are in session in the days before Thanksgiving. Schools lose money, so should the entire week be a vacation?

Feds audit California’s rising high school graduation rates

Some states have been found to have over reported high school graduates, now federal officials are auditing California's oversight of how schools count graduates.

Schools seek tolerance workshops

One group that provides anti-bias, anti-bullying training for schools said it has received 50 percent more requests for programs compared to this time last year.

White nationalist flyers posted across UCLA

"UCLA White Students Group" flyers appeared across UCLA over the weekend. Administrators took them down, but some students said UCLA didn't speak out against them.

School district deploys administrators to calm students

Santa Ana Unified moved to head off student protests on Monday by deploying about 100 central office administrators to talk to students.

Los Angeles-area teachers talk with kids about Trump victory

On Wednesday, teachers and other public school staff had to step in and deal with fallout from the election of Donald Trump as president.

LA voters hit the polls early; some report delays

Voters lined up before polls opened to cast their ballots before work. Some polling places faced longer-than-usual lines, and a handful reported voting delays because of technical problems.

UC doubling outreach to underrepresented communities

University of California officials have scheduled 100 outreach events in underrepresented communities. The goal is to reach qualified students who may not apply.

California warns tech companies against mining student data for profit

Public officials warn schools to remain vigilant that educational technology companies don't violate student data privacy laws.