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

Inglewood schools leader balances budget, says he's leaving

Inglewood Unified's school board gave up local control in 2012 when it asked for a state bailout loan to avoid bankruptcy. It'll remain in receivership for years.

Study challenges previous research on special ed students

A new report questions the basis for efforts to limit services for minority students overrepresented in special ed programs.

Mexican writer granted asylum creating literary life in U.S.

In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, writer Dolores Dorantes received death threats. The U.S. granted her asylum and now her latest work reflects on her four years here.

Thousands of seats to open at California public universities

About 12,300 new seats will open at Cal State campuses, while 5,000 could also open at University of California campuses. But there are strings attached.

Long Beach effort graduates college-bound African-Americans

A Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach Unified partnership supports black male students through high school so they can enter college.

Now that Common Core tests largely over, it's a waiting game

Most California school districts have completed the standardized tests taken online and aligned to Common Core. How should parents view the results when they arrive later this summer?

Students with 'D' for A-G class likely shut out of UC, Cal State

A D grade will get LAUSD students out of high school but not into University of California or California State University. Their options: community colleges or make-up classes.

Some say feds Corinthian loan forgiveness not enough

All former Corinthian Colleges students should be forgiven their student loans because of the company's deceptive practices, a Legal Aid Foundation attorney says.

Water not major factor as schools go to artificial grass

Replacing a natural grass field with artificial turf can cost up to $5 million, while reconditioning an existing grass field yearly can cost about $250,000.

$30 million awarded for school water conservation projects

California schools win state water board grants to build water-saving projects and teach conservation. Los Angeles Unified will get $5 million.

End California's ban on race-based university admissions, nonprofit says

Authors of a study from the nonprofit The Campaign for College Opportunity say the ban should be overturned to help improve college attainment rates for African-Americans.

Hot Wheels school lessons draw raves and criticism

Mattel funded university researchers to create math and science lessons for fourth-graders using Hot Wheels cars. Critics say the partnership crosses the line.

LAUSD selects deputy to head technology office

Shahryar Khazei steps in to head Los Angeles Unified's information technology office and continue work to fix the district's troubled student data system.

Cal State: $59M more needed to increase enrollment

The California State University plans to push for more state funds than that provided in the governor's budget plan so it can expand enrollment by 10,000 students.

Attorneys sue Compton Unified to address student trauma

Violence, abuse and other trauma creates an impairment in students, public interest lawyers say in a suit filed Monday. They want schools to address the issue.