At Calif. Public Colleges, Dreams Deferred

Photographs by David Zentz for The Chronicle

Incoming students at Long Beach City College wait in line to take placement tests. Once they're enrolled, they may end up waiting in even longer lines to get the classes they need, thanks to deep state budget cuts.
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Edgar Guzman is the sort of person you'd want greeting the public, even if just briefly through a carry-out window. Tidy and poised in his maroon uniform shirt and baseball cap, he speaks with care and answers in the affirmative with a crisp...

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