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

Researchers criticize LA Times teacher rankings

A study out Monday by education researchers at the University of Colorado challenges the accuracy of the controversial “value added” teacher effectiveness measure that’s been championed by the Los Angeles Times.

Southern California Egyptians sound off about this week’s developments in Egypt

Thousands of native Egyptians have called Southern California home for decades. Many of them are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church and left Egypt to escape persecution by Muslim extremists. Some outside a Coptic church in northeast Los Angeles, have definite opinions about the direction their home country should head.

LA Philharmonic extends Gustavo Dudamel contract

The marriage appears to be going well; the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Gustavo Dudamel have agreed to add another four years to his contract.

Judge sides with 'parent trigger' supporters in Compton school case

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Thursday in a case in which Compton parents signed a petition to convert their low-performing public school into a charter campus.

Incoming LAUSD superintendent Deasy lays out broad agenda

During a speech at Loyola Marymount University Wednesday night, incoming L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy laid out his priorities for the 650,000-student school district.

UTLA pulls two school board endorsements

A month before a key Los Angeles Unified school board election, United Teachers Los Angeles has pulled its endorsement of two candidates it had already spent more than $70,000 to help elect.

Los Angeles painter depicts drug cartel women

The drug cartel violence in Mexico and Colombia has inspired one Los Angeles artist to create a series of large paintings she plans to exhibit this spring. The work depicts the lives of some women who’ve become involved with notorious drug cartel leaders.

Long Beach Unified prepares to send out 621 preliminary layoff notices to teachers

Administrators at the Long Beach Unified School District say proposed budget cuts are likely to force the district in the next month to send out more than 600 Reduction In Force notices to employees with teaching credentials.

Long Beach Unified administrators move forward with cuts

Administrators at L.A. County’s second largest school district expect to move forward at their meeting Tuesday with their largest budget cuts to date.

'Parent Trigger' schools process challenged in Compton

Thursday was the second and last day school district officials in Compton were verifying signatures parents collected to radically overhaul a low-performing public school in the district under the state’s new “Parent Trigger” law. The officials’ process has drawn strong criticism by the group that helped parents gather the signatures.

LA Unified reconstitutes another low-performing school - Belmont High

The Los Angeles Unified School District has moved to reconstitute another low performing high school. It's the 8-year-old Belmont High School just west of downtown L.A.

Cal State trustees begin budget cuts process

For the first time since Gov. Jerry Brown announced $500,000 million in proposed cuts to the California State University, trustees of the system began the budget-cutting process Tuesday at their scheduled meeting in Long Beach.

Korean ambassador stumps in LA for free trade agreement

South Korea’s ambassador to the United States, Han Duk-soo, says a proposed free trade agreement between the two countries would create 70,000 jobs in the U.S. The trade proposal - still to be approved by Congress - has supporters and detractors in organized labor.

Big players silent on LA Unified endorsements

In a month-and-a-half, voters within L.A. Unified’s wide boundaries will be asked to cast ballots for four of the seven seats on the school district board of education. Observers say the result could radically shift the way the massive school district carries out its reforms. Others say that the campaigns have been particularly quiet for such a high-profile race.

Education researchers begin to piece together effects of California budget cuts

Education researchers are beginning to piece together the effects of the state’s fiscal crisis on schools. One study out today examines money that goes mainly to low-performing schools.