Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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Adolfo reports on K-12 education and higher education for Southern California Public Radio.

He’s been a reporter at SCPR since 2000 and in that time has covered many different types of stories including elections, transportation, fires, and the arts. His most memorable stories are the on-site reports at the 2007 May Day Melee protests at L.A.’s MacArthur Park, a fatal apartment collapse that shed light on L.A.'s dearth of housing inspectors, University of California students coping with hunger, South Gate overcoming political corruption, the 25th anniversary of L.A.’s seminal 1977 punk rock scene, social work interns helping students from military families cope, political dirty tricks funded by public funds in the Inglewood Unified School District, a profile of prominent L.A. poet Wanda Coleman, and a feature about Adolfo’s name appearing on the TV show "The Simpsons".

Adolfo's awards include the 2006 L.A. Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year and a regional Edward R. Murrow honor.

2016 is Adolfo’s 20th year in public radio news. He was hired in 1996 by KPBS-FM in San Diego as a producer for the daily news talk show These Days. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and kids.


Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Cal State campuses seek to reduce student enrollment

Cal State Northridge wants to apply tougher admissions standards starting in the fall, citing a budget that limits the number of classes it can offer.

As UC tuition, living costs rise, students tap food programs

With University of California tuition and housing costs increasing, students feel squeezed and hunger becomes part of campus life.

Ferguson, fire, Mexico unrest ignite LA artist’s creativity

Images of fire, protests and tear gas from Ferguson, Mexico City, and downtown L.A. have landed in the inbox of L.A. painter Sandy Rodriguez.

California online schools have high dropout rate, report finds

In The Public Interest, a labor group-funded think tank, released a report calling for a probe of California Virtual Academies, which says it is in a union fight.

LAUSD, superintendent sued in sexual harassment case

A lawsuit says the Los Angeles Unified School District failed in its responsibility to investigate if Superintendent Ramon Cortines sexually harassed an employee.

Schools new mandatory abuse reporting training now online

All California school employees, including substitute teachers, are required to show proof of having had annual training to spot child abuse or neglect.

Followers of late educator Sal Castro keep his mission alive

In 1963, Sal Castro founded the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference to help students apply for college. Alumni include former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Schools expelling students with low grades under scrutiny

Public Safety Academy, a public charter school in San Bernardino preparing teens for police and firefighter careers, had grade requirements that violated state law.

Jefferson High class fixes taking hold after court order

Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles is seeing improvements as it climbs back from months of class scheduling problems tied to the data system known as MiSiS.

Judge asked to order class schedule fixes at 5 high schools

Students at five California high schools continue to be enrolled in "service" periods with no academic content and "home" periods during which they're sent home.

LAUSD data highlights classes with large enrollments

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines directs administrators to keep classes with enrollments as large as 45-plus students in check.

Displaced Huntington Beach students return to campus

The learning routine of about 1,600 students has been in upheaval as they've been displaced from their Huntington Beach schools during asbestos cleanup.

Teacher jobs, once sparse, poised for comeback

California educators expect more teachers will become credentialed as school districts ramp up their hiring after years of layoffs and few openings.

Tuition plan gets a push from Biden, shrug from some

Vice President Joe Biden promoted the administration's free community college tuition plan, but it's California's cost of living that's the real problem, he's told.

Should CA follow AZ’s lead and make civics test a graduation requirement?

After success in Arizona, civics education advocates are looking to push through a requirement in California that public school students pass an exam based on one given for U.S. citizenship.