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

$335,000 for school leader security raises eyebrows

Inglewood Unified's state trustee is protected and driven during the workday by a California Highway Patrol officer through the Dignitary Protection Section.

Students trying to find their own sexual consent language

As new sexual assault requirements roll out at Occidental College, students grapple with what they can say and what they can't do.

High school exit exam pass rates remain flat

A little more than more than 95.5 percent of high school seniors passed the California high school exit exam, but a gap still remains among ethnic groups.

Classrooms have AC but heat still sizzling some classes

The latest heat wave has prompted L.A. Unified to hold air-conditioning repair technicians on overtime to keep classrooms comfortable.

AG truancy report: Student absences highest among low-income, black students

Low-income and African American elementary school students have the highest rates of chronic truancy and absences. Absences have cost public schools $3.5 billion in state funding.

Battle over local control of online college classes

As students seek classes to accommodate busy schedules and campuses look to expand, virtual courses have been multiplying in the state’s massive community college system.

Far-reaching Vergara decision headed for appeal

A state appeals court could hear the Vergara v. California verdict next year. At stake are laws giving teachers tenure after two years and wide job protections.

Inglewood Unified warned about deficit, enrollment drop

Inglewood Unified is the only Southern California school district under state takeover. And only the ninth in California to be taken over by the state.

New science standards push students to think like engineers

New science standards in California schools shift students away from memorization and encourage them to think like engineers - solving problems with logic.

Elections watchdog investigating Inglewood school spending

The Fair Political Practices Commission has opened an investigation into whether about $5,000 of Inglewood Unified school funds was misused in a 2009 election.

Michael Brown: Hundreds gather in LA to protest teen's killing

About 500 people gathered in Los Angeles's Leimert Park to protest the killing of teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Judge rules in favor of English language learners

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that California education officials are violating the constitutional rights of English learner students who are not getting specialized instruction in public schools.

Some high schools build 'bridge' for 9th graders

Stealing a page from college “bridge” programs, some Southern California high schools are offering similar programs for incoming 9th graders.

California ordered to give services to all English learners

LA judge says California - not school districts - are on the hook for making sure no English learner students fall through the cracks.

Friday deadline for Calif school district spending plans

Funding increases for California public schools come with strings attached: officials must meet with stakeholders and write a plan outlining how they'll use money.