Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter

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Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is an education reporter for KPCC. He's been a reporter at the station since 2000.

After college, in the mid-1990s, Guzman-Lopez began reporting freelance arts and culture stories, mostly about the red-hot rock en español scene, to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, and the Tijuana newspaper La Tarde. He got his first public radio job at KPBS-FM in San Diego in 1996 as a news talk show producer. He freelanced radio features to Latino USA, Marketplace and other national shows. At KPBS he hosted and produced a daily, Gen-X arts and culture show called "The Lounge" which featured in-studio performances by Howard Jones and Sean Lennon with the band Cibo Matto.

Guzman-Lopez's reporting at KPCC has included the South Gate city hall corruption scandal; the L.A. mayoral campaigns of James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa; the SB1070 protests in Phoenix, the 2007 May Day melee; and coverage of L.A. Unified Superintendents Roy Romer, David Brewer, Ramon Cortines, and John Deasy.

Guzman-Lopez was born in Mexico City and grew up in Tijuana and San Diego.He now lives in Long Beach with his wife and two kids and is always open to hear traffic tips for the 110, 710, or the 5 freeways to downtown L.A.

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

SBA chief wants nonbank lenders to lower rates for small firms

As alternative lenders take more of the small business loan market, Maria Contreras-Sweet says she is telling them their rates must be "more rational."

LAUSD wants opinions on major changes to school calendar

How about a seven week winter break, and five week summer break for L.A. Unified students? The school district would hold intervention classes in that break.

New UCLA study posits positive link between decline in school suspensions and academic performance

As California public schools have overhauled their suspension policies in recent years, a new study out Monday quantifies the effects.

California suspension rates way down, study finds

California recorded 709,580 suspensions in the 2011-2012 academic year. Two years later that number declined nearly a third.

LAUSD charter expansion worries charter school supporters

Heads of three major California nonprofits called for more analysis of a plan to double the number of charter schools in Los Angeles.

LAUSD wants superintendent who's been teacher, principal

The Los Angeles Unified school board specified what it wants to see in candidates for superintendent who it plans to interview next month.

LAUSD graduation rates rise after exit exam is eliminated

Los Angeles Unified released school-by-school graduation rates Monday. Look up the rate for your child's high school.

At CSU trustees meeting, money to be a hot topic inside and outside

While California State University trustees take up a proposal this week to seek millions more from lawmakers, faculty members plan to rally outside for higher salaries.

Broad Foundation defends LA charter school expansion plan

Organization expects the plan to cost $490 million to staff new charter schools, find sites, and round up support from the region's political leadership.

LAUSD's dire financial future aired as board considers impact of charters

Los Angeles Unified lost about 100,000 students in the last six years, leading to a decline in state funding based on student counts. Half of the decline has been attributed to charter schools.

LAUSD board to review report warning of approaching bankruptcy

For Los Angeles Unified to avoid bankruptcy, the panel recommends renegotiating employee benefits, increasing student attendance, and offering early retirement, among other actions.

Former students may qualify for diplomas, but outreach spotty

Former high school students who didn't graduate because they didn't pass the state exit exam may now qualify for a high school diploma — if they learn about it.

Settlement reached in CA lawsuit over 'fake' public school classes

Students who attended six schools in Los Angeles, Compton and Oakland had been assigned to classes that lacked academic value or they were sent home.

Possible candidates emerge in LAUSD superintendent search

Observers see the superintendents in San Francisco, Fresno, Pomona and Fremont as potential candidates in the search for Los Angeles Unified's next superintendent.

LAUSD fires controversial lawyer again over statements

Los Angeles Unified had said lawyer W. Keith Wyatt would not be given any more district legal work. He was rehired a few months later, and fired again this month.