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

LAUSD board gets first names of superintendent candidates

L.A. Unified's school board wants to hold three rounds of interviews this month with candidates for its top job. The first round of interviews starts on Sunday.

Admission into California universities much tougher

Cal State turned away nearly 140,000 eligible students between 2009-2014, while at U.C. entering classes at six of nine campuses have higher than 4.0 GPAs.

SBA chief wants nonbank lenders to lower rates for small firms

As alternative lenders take more of the small business loan market, Maria Contreras-Sweet says she is telling them their rates must be "more rational."

LAUSD wants opinions on major changes to school calendar

How about a seven week winter break, and five week summer break for L.A. Unified students? The school district would hold intervention classes in that break.

New UCLA study posits positive link between decline in school suspensions and academic performance

As California public schools have overhauled their suspension policies in recent years, a new study out Monday quantifies the effects.

California suspension rates way down, study finds

California recorded 709,580 suspensions in the 2011-2012 academic year. Two years later that number declined nearly a third.

LAUSD charter expansion worries charter school supporters

Heads of three major California nonprofits called for more analysis of a plan to double the number of charter schools in Los Angeles.

LAUSD wants superintendent who's been teacher, principal

The Los Angeles Unified school board specified what it wants to see in candidates for superintendent who it plans to interview next month.

LAUSD graduation rates rise after exit exam is eliminated

Los Angeles Unified released school-by-school graduation rates Monday. Look up the rate for your child's high school.

At CSU trustees meeting, money to be a hot topic inside and outside

While California State University trustees take up a proposal this week to seek millions more from lawmakers, faculty members plan to rally outside for higher salaries.

Broad Foundation defends LA charter school expansion plan

Organization expects the plan to cost $490 million to staff new charter schools, find sites, and round up support from the region's political leadership.

LAUSD's dire financial future aired as board considers impact of charters

Los Angeles Unified lost about 100,000 students in the last six years, leading to a decline in state funding based on student counts. Half of the decline has been attributed to charter schools.

LAUSD board to review report warning of approaching bankruptcy

For Los Angeles Unified to avoid bankruptcy, the panel recommends renegotiating employee benefits, increasing student attendance, and offering early retirement, among other actions.

Former students may qualify for diplomas, but outreach spotty

Former high school students who didn't graduate because they didn't pass the state exit exam may now qualify for a high school diploma — if they learn about it.

Settlement reached in CA lawsuit over 'fake' public school classes

Students who attended six schools in Los Angeles, Compton and Oakland had been assigned to classes that lacked academic value or they were sent home.