Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Correspondent

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
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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

Educators push critical thinking

Public school leaders and elected officials are set to meet at Fullerton College this evening to propose far-reaching reforms to the way students learn in the state.

Los Angeles Unified reconstitutes Jordan High School

For the second time in less than a year, L.A. Unified’s superintendent acted Wednesday to overhaul a low performing school by wiping the slate clean and forcing all employees to reapply for their jobs.

LA Unified officially appoints new superintendent

Los Angeles Unified’s board declined a traditional national search and today selected as its next superintendent a career schools administrator who’s worked with the district for six months.

Brown spares K-12 schools in budget cuts plan

Before he released his budget Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown’s warned Californians that he’d try to spread the pain evenly when he addressed the state’s looming budget gap. Education policymakers maintain the governor didn’t do that in his proposed cuts to publicly funded education.

LA Unified board set to appoint new superintendent

Sources tell KPCC a majority of L.A. Unified’s school board is set to appoint deputy superintendent John Deasy as new superintendent.

Language professors hold Los Angeles convention

The yearly convention for college professors of English and other languages begins in Los Angeles today. Organizers say the job market for their profession has stopped its nose-dive.

Brown appoints 7 to powerful California State Board of Education

Governor Jerry Brown has announced his appointees to the powerful State Board of Education.

LA Unified makes changes to special education

Los Angeles Unified administrators today approved a significant change to the school district’s special education rules for its nearly 200 charter schools.

New leaders in new year at LA Unified

The new year will bring new faces to leadership positions at the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Cuts to set tone for California public schools

The severity of coming budget cuts remains the number one issue on California educators’ radar screens.

Institutions along parade route prepare for Rose Parade

Saturday’s Tournament of Roses Parade is a boon for some Pasadena businesses. Other organizations creatively use what they have to bring in some money during one of the year’s biggest tourist events. Many churches along Colorado Boulevard have sold bleacher seats in prime parade-viewing spots.

Remembrance of notable James Moody concert in L.A

Jazz luminary James Moody died earlier this month in his adopted hometown, San Diego. Moody – whose final public performance was last January in Seal Beach, died on Dec. 9 of pancreatic cancer. He was 85.

Rose Parade a boon for Pasadena museum

The most viewed fixture during the televised Rose Parade isn’t any float or personality. It’s that dark-tiled building on Colorado Boulevard that houses the Norton Simon Museum.

Former Beverly Hills Unified official behind bars

A judge ordered former Beverly Hills Unified School District facilities director Karen Christiansen jailed Monday pending a bail hearing on felony charges filed earlier this month.

Music teachers perform at annual Holiday Celebration

Each Christmas, Los Angeles County’s arts commission organizes a free performing arts showcase at downtown LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. One ensemble on the bill this season has a message that resonates beyond the holiday season: keeping music instruction alive in public schools.