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

Schools: Feds still don't sign off on California testing changes

The U.S. Department of Education and California's Department of Education have been at odds over the new standardized tests California will administer in the spring.

Cash-strapped California Arts Council pays it forward

The California Arts Council will spend about $2 million in new funds on public school arts education, community-building grants, and arts in juvenile detention.

Calif. schools: Report cards get facelift for Common Core

Many schools are getting revamped report cards as the state adopts new learning standards. Click on the story to see examples of new and old report cards..

After federal threat, California to expand student testing

California students were set to take either the new English or math standardized tests this spring as part of a gradual roll out. Now they'll take both.

Miramonte abuse scandal: Nearly 2 years later, many parents feel kids are safe

LA Unified Schools Superintendent John Deasy apologized to the community where a former teacher abused dozens of children over the years.

Napolitano seeks 2014-2015 tuition freeze for UC

Napolitano proposed streamlining the community college transfer process, improving energy efficiency, and helping research innovations hit the market more quickly.

'Classrooms of Shame' showcases dismal college rooms: Is yours?

A former professor has created a Tumblr feed to document decaying college classrooms. People have posted roach infestations, leaky ceilings, and power outages. Is your classroom falling apart?

Grad students make UC hum on paltry wages

UC Irvine is among campuses struggling to increase the ranks of doctoral students, who are key to research and teach undergraduates. One obstacle: money.

For 1st time, Chinese top the list of foreign students in US universities

California remains a top destination for foreign students, with many choosing USC, UCLA and Stanford universities.

Cal State wants to increase budget for raises, enrollment

California State University is submitting a $4.6 billion budget request to Governor Brown. It's a $237 million increase from this year.

California could lose $3.5 billion federal education funds

California students will be taking in the spring either the math or English field for new learning standards. State officials want to work out problems this year.

Will California schools be ready for new test?

The new Common Core standardized tests are computerized. The state is surveying school districts to see if they'll be ready. But few are responding.

Napolitano: $5 million for UC undocumented students

New UC president - former head of US Homeland Security Janet Napolitano - offers olive branch to her most vocal critics to date, undocumented students.

LA school board votes to keep superintendent

The board gave Deasy a satisfactory approval – an annual condition of extending his contract. Board staff would not say how many voted in favor or how many against.

Costs put LA schools' greening projects on ice

Southern California schools have received grants from Prop. 84 to tear out asphalt and plant trees as part of urban renewal. But some projects are now on hold.