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

LA Unified votes on handing administration of 13 schools to independent groups

At its regular meeting Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified’s board of education handed over control of about a dozen schools to groups that had responded to its “request for proposals.” It’s the second year of this so-called Public School Choice reform model. Last year, the district awarded schools to charter school companies, groups formed by school teachers and an education nonprofit started by L.A.'s mayor.

LA civic leaders stump for struggling tax extension ballot measure

A cross section of Los Angeles civic leaders on Monday stumped for Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to raise money for public schools by extending some taxes.

LA Unified sends e-mail telling employees to chill during budget crisis

Tuesday's the deadline for California public school districts to notify teachers they may be laid off. Many districts will send out notices. L.A. Unified’s also sent an e-mail to employees with tips about handling the stress - and resources for workers who can’t cope.

Experts say art looted during Armenian genocide a growing issue

Experts at a Loyola Law School panel on Friday said a growing number of legal cases involve art looted during the Armenian genocide nearly a century ago.

California board of education lets current school law regulations stand

California’s Board of Education Wednesday set a deadline next month to craft permanent rules for a new law that lets parents overhaul chronically low-performing public schools.

LA Unified incumbents win re-election

Voters in L.A. Unified’s school board elections yesterday returned three incumbents to the board.

OC woman arraigned on charges of defrauding nuns

A 57-year-old Tustin woman surrendered to federal authorities in Santa Ana Monday to face charges that she defrauded an order of Catholic nuns.

Marguerite LaMotte seeks re-election to LAUSD board

Voters within the boundaries of the L.A. Unified School District will go cast ballots Tuesday for most of the seven seats on the board of education. The board’s District 1 stretches from the Palms neighborhood in West Los Angeles to Leimert Park and parts of South L.A.

Loyola Marymount University inaugurates first non-Jesuit president

The region’s top Catholic leaders and Los Angeles city officials will be in L.A.’s Westchester neighborhood Tuesday to inaugurate Loyola Marymount University’s new president, David Burcham.

LA Unified District 5 school board campaign spending tops other races

Campaign spending for L.A. Unified’s 5th School Board District race, including contributions from outside groups, has broken the $1 million mark. That’s significantly more than the three other school board campaigns are spending for Tuesday’s election.

Statewide rallies held to oppose cuts to higher education in California

Students at several Southern California universities took part Wednesday in a statewide day of protest against large proposed cuts to public higher education.

LA Unified to dissolve 6 charter schools following cheating by administrators

At its regular meeting Tuesday, L.A. Unified’s school board made several key decisions, including the revocation of six public school charters.

Orange County educator heads California history contest

This year, an Orange County educator is overseeing an annual contest to help turn around California students’ notorious deficiency in history.

US Secretary of Education makes pitch for more teachers

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan got an earful from Los Angeles high school students Friday at an assembly where he pitched the idea of pursuing a career in teaching.

US education secretary talks about education reform during LA visit

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is in Los Angeles for the NBA All Star game.