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

Report: California community college completion rates down

Many community colleges are struggling with completion rates. The state average is 48 percent. Southern California colleges range from 61 to 31 percent.

Charter schools win grants to improve kids' health

ICEF charter school group won a $845,000 federal grant. It'll use it to teach healthy eating and track student health indicators.

Lots of problems as new California testing gains steam

More than 600 teachers call the California Department of Education every day asking for help with the new computer-based standardized tests.

New teacher dismissal bill could succeed where others failed

If approved in Sacramento, a new bill would speed the process for removing teachers accused of sexual abuse, child abuse and some drug crimes.

UC teaching assistants stage 1-day strike

13,000 UC teaching assistants, tutors, and readers are represented by the United Auto Workers. The next contract talks are scheduled April 15 and 16.

Report highlights inequality in public school funding

Researchers say foundation donations have widened funding inequities among California public schools, with students in richer communities reaping the benefits.

Asbestos cleanup closes Brea school after Friday's quake

Since 2007, LA Unified has used a USGS program called ShakeCast to quickly identify the potential for damage to campuses following an earthquake.

Calif teacher job protections at stake in bellwether trial

After two months, the closely watched Vergara vs. California trial, which challenges teacher seniority and job protections, wraps up with closing arguments.

Students say Cal State broke tuition freeze promise

Trying to recover from deep funding cuts during the recent recession, some Cal State campuses implemented "success fees" to bolster instructional programs.

Report: Higher education office needed in governor’s cabinet

A Sacramento think tank says the state's three higher education branches need one statewide office to drive California's college agenda.

Students to protest CSU 'success fees' at trustees meeting

CSU student "success fees" as high as $630 are being charged on top of tuition and other fees. Opponents say it's a way to get around the current tuition freeze.

New computer test to debut in California schools this week

California school officials say they're ready for new standardized tests. Your kids won't have to sweat these: schools, students won't be graded.

Teacher dismissal system works, scholar says in LA trial

The Vergara v. California trial seeks to strike down state teacher job protections including tenure after 18 months and seniority-based layoffs.

California standardized tests postponed

The consortium that's running the new Common Core testing in California and other states is postponing testing for a week to make sure computer systems work.

Can your online game-playing skills get you into college?

A team of USC researchers seeks to make the college application process easier for teenagers to learn by making a game out of it.