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

Long Beach Unified moves forward with more teacher layoffs

The Long Beach Unified school board voted Monday to send layoff notices to more than 350 district employees by the end of this week.

Education activists sue state over public funding

Lawyers and education activists who successfully sued to increase education funding in California a decade ago filed a lawsuit today alleging the state is not living up to the constitutional guarantee of providing children an adequate public education.

MOCA opens large survey of Dennis Hopper art

Most people knew the late Dennis Hopper for his acting and directing. During that career he constantly painted, photographed, and befriended well-known artists. A new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles could go a long way toward cementing Hopper’s reputation as an artist.

LA fan is World Cup pied piper

After one month and 64 soccer matches, the World Cup ends with the championship match this Sunday. Plenty of Southern California fans have followed the series. For one L.A. fan passion and intellect go hand in hand with World Cup viewing.

First day for South LA's restructured Fremont High

The Los Angeles Unified School District followed through today on its pledge to make big changes at one of its lowest performing schools. South L.A.’s Fremont High School begins its year-round schedule with changes to its teacher corps, scheduling, and physical plant.

Los Angeles's Fremont High gets a fresh start after restructuring

Los Angeles's Fremont High School gets a fresh start today. The South L.A. school had to undergo academic restructuring because it had failed to meet the school district’s progress goals for 12 straight years. Returning staff members – teachers and administrators - had to re-apply for their jobs. Displaced teachers were sent to other schools. (Audio: KPCC’s Adolfo-Guzman Lopez reports live from the school.)

USC foreign student summer language class growing

USC officials say a course designed to ramp up foreign students' English language is in high demand. The summer course is in its first week.

College math program targets high school girls

Starting today, for seven hours a day, during the next six weeks, girls from Orange County high schools will embrace their inner math geek. They're taking part in the Mathematics Intensive Summer Session - aka Project MISS - at Cal State Fullerton.

High school seniors struggle with college picks

As high school seniors graduate, the ones on their way to college trust that the choices they’ve made will guarantee a good education and a secure future. A recent visit with high school seniors at two campuses sheds light on how they decided on the college of their choice.

Garcia re-elected L.A. Unified School board president

The Los Angeles Unified school board re-elected president Monica Garcia today to a fourth term as its president.

Handful of LA County alternative schools saved from closing

This week, the Los Angeles County Office of Education got ready to close more than two dozen schools that serve troubled teens. When word got out that budget cuts had forced the move, county supervisors and officials at the Office of Education got to work.

Many state school districts facing insolvency

Based on school district budget plans filed three months ago, California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell says a record number of school districts aren’t likely to meet their financial obligations in the coming years.

Suit claims Montecito Fine Arts school preyed on immigrant families

In a civil lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court today, 77 people claim the operators of Montecito Fine Arts School defrauded them before closing last summer.

Major retrospective of artist John Baldessari opens at LACMA

The Los Angeles-based visual artist John Baldessari is among the most influential living artists today. The most comprehensive U.S. exhibit of his work in 20 years opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Sunday.

LA Unified budget includes nearly 3,000 layoffs

The Los Angeles Unified’s board of education yesterday approved a final budget for the next fiscal year. To close a large state funding gap the school district is projecting it’ll have to lay off nearly 3,000 employees before the fall to help close a large funding deficit.