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
Some California schools are tackling English learner education by targeting students who've been in the programs for five years or more.
A 2013 law tried to get better financial literacy instruction into California schools. But so far, teachers and advocates say, that effort has failed.
What metrics should the state use to judge schools? And how much should individual school districts get to decide? That's at the heart of a state policy fight.
Burbank High School had a 41 percent opt-out rate on this year's state standardized tests. That's much higher than the statewide percentage.
California State University management and the union that represents faculty say they may announce a settlement on Friday to their contract dispute.
Cal State campuses are preparing for the education and safety logistics of a five-day faculty strike. Campuses say they'll be open for business.
Lawyers who sued Compton Unified last year say childhood trauma experts are helping school officials craft reforms for the entire school district.
The lead plaintiff in the case, Rebecca Friedrichs, is a local teacher who says she plans to continue the fight.
The non-binding report acknowledges the Great Recession "severely impacted" CSU, but it recommends a 5-percent raise for faculty over two years.
Officials made changes this year aimed at making Smarter Balanced tests more accommodating for the 300,000 special education students who sit for the exams.
Teen students train shelter dogs to help the dogs get adopted. The dogs help the students cope with the trauma of living in one of the most violent parts of L.A.
Faculty point to data they gathered that suggests all but three of the 23 campuses have ratios significantly higher than what’s recommended by experts.
California State University campuses are now using Smarter Balanced test scores to ensure incoming students are ready for college-level work.
Scores were low last year on California's standardized tests of English and math. This year, educators will be looking closely for any improvement.
Inglewood Unified has a new state administrator running the schools. Balancing the budget and turning around dropping student enrollment are his key tasks.