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

Parents at Compton Unified try making McKinley Elementary a charter school

Parents in Compton Unified today took steps to switch a failing school to a charter school campus. They're the first to use a new law that lets parents petition their school district for changes at a failing school. The pro-charter group Parent Revolution guided the parents.

Report finds education disparities among Asian subgroups in California

A report released in Los Angeles today reveals what its authors call grave disparities in educational achievement between Asian-Americans, native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California.

New report finds high dropout rates among Asian subgroups in California

A new report commissioned by Southland State Assemblyman Mike Eng indicates big differences between the education achievement of Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

LAUSD employees protest layoffs outside school board meeting

Nearly 1,000 Los Angeles Unified School District employees, mostly clerks and custodians, are losing their jobs Wednesday. Many of them staged a protest outside LAUSD headquarters Tuesday evening as school board members met for their regular meeting.

Man runs clothing freebie box in Long Beach for 30 years

Thirty years ago a Long Beach building contractor created a literal door to kindness for people with less than he had.

LAUSD looks to adjust school calendar

The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering a slight shift in the school calendar that administrators say will render large dividends in learning.

More threats against UCLA animal research scientist Jentsch

Extremist opponents of animal research have stepped up their threats against UCLA psychiatry researcher David Jentsch. The threats call on him to stop using rodents and monkeys in lab experiments.

Former LAUSD Board president to lead large charter school company

Caprice Young, a former Los Angeles Unified School Board President, has agreed to a two-year contract to run the financially troubled ICEF Public Schools.

Some school districts open, others shut down for Thanksgiving week

A lot of Southland public school students have the week off — and a lot of others are supposed to be in school.

Cal State Long Beach graduate student examines the art of procrastination

Call it, "procrastivity," or engaging in activities that amount to procrastination. After it gripped one Southland graduate student so tight that she ignored a looming deadline, she decided to turn that procrastination into art.

California community college leaders promise to raise graduation rates

California community college leaders are set to deliver a pledge in Los Angeles today to significantly increase graduation rates at their institutions in the next decade.

Candidates file for LA Unified board seats

And they’re off. Nineteen people have filed their intent to run for seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.

Pasadena Unified board to decide whether to close 2 schools

After months of passionate public hearings, Pasadena Unified board of education is set to vote Tuesday whether to close two campuses. The district is grappling with a budget deficit.

Los Angeles band Aztlan Underground gets 4 Native American Music Awards nominations

The 12th annual Native American Music Awards takes place in upstate New York tonight. Los Angeles band Aztlan Underground is nominated in four categories. Its artistic growth has contributed to that recognition.

National Women's Law Center files federal complaint against Irvine Unified over girls' sports

The National Women’s Law Center has filed a federal complaint against a dozen school districts across the country, including Irvine Unified. The lawsuit alleges that they failed to provide high school girls with equal opportunities to play sports.