Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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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

Pacific Standard Time series highlights LA, Chicano art

Many of the 70 art exhibits that open in October as part of the Getty's region-wide series on Southland art history will focus on contributions from contemporary Chicano artists. Organizers unveiled the list at the Autry museum Wednesday night.

Middle schooler prepares to sue Bear Valley school district

A middle school student who wore a Mexico soccer jersey to class is filing a federal civil right lawsuit against the Bear Valley school district, saying officials failed to properly address racist remarks she alleges her teacher made over the shirt.

Study paints bleak picture of future for public colleges in California

A new study finds California's public colleges are trending downward in several ways, seemingly supporting educators' claims that budget cuts are tarnishing California’s public colleges.

Study: Teacher turnover much higher at LA charters than public schools

A new study released Tuesday finds that teacher turnover at Los Angeles charter schools is nearly three times higher than in the district's traditional public schools. The findings contribute to the current debate over teacher effectiveness.

Observers predict more parent involvement in schools with 'parent trigger' rules

The dust is starting to settle over a new California law that allows the radical overhaul of a low performing school if a majority of parents demand it. The so-called “Parent Trigger” law now has rules and regulations approved by the State Board of Education.

Cal State panel approves 12 percent tuition hike

Trustees of the California State University system voted Tuesday to increase tuition for some 400,000 students at all 23 campuses. The action comes less than a month after Sacramento lawmakers cut Cal State’s budget by $650 million.

UC, CSU administrators to debate tuition increases this week

In separate meetings this week, administrators of the University of California and California State University will consider double digit student tuition increases to offset state funding cuts.

Three California charter school reform bills would change how schools are run

Three charter school bills making their way through the state legislature would significantly change the way charter schools are run.

Protesters object to university tuition increases at La Opinion's offices

About 100 people protested expected public university tuition increases today in front of La Opinion's downtown L.A. offices.

Rialto woman arrested for alleged financial aid fraud

Federal agents arrested a Rialto woman Thursday on charges that she fraudulently used two identities to receive federal financial aid for college.

184 LA County arts groups split $4 million in grants

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission today released the list of nearly 200 arts groups that’ll share $4 million in competitive grants. The money will allow many arts organizations to pay for creative projects as other sources of cash dry up.

Obama appoints Cal State Dominguez Hills president to hispanic education commission

President Barack Obama has appointed Cal State Dominguez Hills university president Mildred Garcia to a new commission tasked with improving the educational performance of Latinos in this country.

Artist Mark Bradford checks progress of free Getty-sponsored art lesson plans

Budget cuts in recent years have forced teachers to do more with a lot less. One program recently offered public school art classes the ability to use free, downloadable lesson plans created by “art star” contemporary artists, led by one who grew up and works in Los Angeles - Mark Bradford.

LA's Carmageddon: Will 405 shutdown be bad for business?

Many people vow not to get anywhere near the 405 Freeway between the 101 and the 10 during next week’s shutdown. But what about people who live and own businesses in the eye of that construction hurricane?

United Teachers Los Angeles President Duffy termed out of office

The combative leader of United Teachers Los Angeles steps down as president after his maximum two terms as president. Thursday was his last day. The union chief spoke with KPCC before he took his office pictures down.