Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent
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
New L.A. Unified Superintendent Michelle King visited 12 campuses during her first two weeks on the job. She heard substantive issues during some visits.
In an interview with KPCC, the new L.A. schools leader pledged to work toward 100 percent graduation, balance the budget and combat a "waning of the public trust."
Myrna Castrejón will lead Great Public Schools Now, which launched in November by the backers of a plan to rapidly promote the growth of charter schools in L.A.
New L.A. Unified superintendent Michelle King will earn a $350,000 salary. Her 29-month contract renews automatically if the board doesn't terminate it.
King, 54, has served as the district's chief deputy superintendent since October 2014. She has worked in the district since 1984.
LAUSD's facilities, food service, transportation, and other divisions have worked the last three weeks to relocate students from two Porter Ranch schools.
One South L.A. teacher said LAUSD required her fifth graders to take more than two dozen tests so far this year. But the district says they're not asking too much.
L.A. Unified's board of education has conducted first and second interviews in the last month in its search for a new superintendent.
To measure student readiness, some teachers use practice tests for the upcoming standardized tests. Other teachers say effective teaching is enough preparation.
One teacher said students taking standardized tests last year had problems with keyboards, logging into the system, and wifi crashes.
Muslim students are having a range of experiences at schools, from name calling to support and sympathy.
The school board unanimously passed the resolution, which would temporarily relocate almost 1,900 students from the two schools affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak.
L.A. Unified says a natural gas leak near two Porter Ranch schools has become a distraction to learning and the school district is moving to relocate students.
One week and a day after the massacre, 27-year-old Yvette Velasco's friends and family gathered for an outdoor funeral, at a spot on a hill in remembrance of her love of nature.
L.A. Unified's superintendent search is still in the first phase of interviews even though school board members have said they want a new leader by the New Year.