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

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.

Possible candidates emerge in LAUSD superintendent search

Observers see the superintendents in San Francisco, Fresno, Pomona and Fremont as potential candidates in the search for Los Angeles Unified's next superintendent.

LAUSD fires controversial lawyer again over statements

Los Angeles Unified had said lawyer W. Keith Wyatt would not be given any more district legal work. He was rehired a few months later, and fired again this month.

LAUSD board rejects committee to vet superintendent candidates

A proposal pushed by Los Angeles community groups for a committee to interview LAUSD superintendent applicants was voted down.

Q&A: Inside the search for the next LAUSD superintendent

The man who heads the hunt for the next L.A. Unified superintendent says the size of the 650,000-student school district and its high-profile search are adding to the challenge of finding a new leader.

LA mayor says look to the past in search for next LAUSD superintendent

Mayor Eric Garcetti is among the civic leaders sharing opinions on what they'd like to see in the next Los Angeles Unified superintendent.

New Inglewood school leader takes over troubled district

Former San Jose school superintendent Vincent Matthews is the fourth person in three years appointed as head of the Inglewood Unified School District.

Low turnout for LAUSD's first public forum on superintendent search

The first in a series of forums to gather public comment on the next superintendent draws a small, but opinionated audience.

LAUSD iPad settlement now coming out of Pearson’s pocket

The $6.4 million settlement over Los Angeles Unified's botched iPad software is now coming from Pearson, not Apple and Lenovo as had been previously announced.

LAUSD teacher fired by school board, his attorneys fire back

Teacher Rafe Esquith won nationally recognition for his work with the Hobart Shakespeareans, a musical and theater production company made up of students in his classroom.

LAUSD board rejects public forums with superintendent finalists

Los Angeles Unified's school board voted against public forums with superintendent candidates, but plans 100 focus groups.