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

State educators identify lowest performing schools for overhaul

Last year’s federal stimulus funds for public schools required educators to identify — and take action to turn around — the lowest performing schools. California released a preliminary list of those schools today.

School districts make layoff lists

Many school districts are sending preliminary layoff notices in the mail this week in anticipation of a deadline next week. Once those lists are out school officials still have plenty of heavy lifting before they complete the process.

Los Angeles prays for Ciudad Juarez victims

A decade-long rash of killings in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez has led a group of Southland artists and activists to prayer.

Thousands rally for statewide 'Day of Action' against education cuts

Across the state, tens of thousands of people took part in rallies to protest expected cuts to public education. Two major protests took place in the Southland.

Orange County educators join protests

Supporters of public schools and universities in the Los Angeles area have organized a range of protest activities today. Orange County educators say education funding problems also plague their region.

L.A. Unified to send 5,200 layoff notices

The Southland’s largest school district, like many others in the region, is moving forward with teacher layoffs. Los Angeles Unified’s board of education voted today to send 5,200 provisional layoff notices to district employees.

Co-founder of seminal East L.A. band El Chicano dies

Bobby Espinosa, founding member of the seminal Los Angeles band El Chicano has died. Forty years ago, El Chicano turned a borrowed riff someone played during concert breaks into a hit record that catapulted the band from its East L.A. home to national prominence.

CSU faculty mobilizing for large protests

The faculty union at the California State University plans four major protests in California this week to oppose further budget cuts to public education.

UCLA celebrates ethnic studies anniversary

UCLA’s Fowler Museum hosts a family festival and art exhibit today to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ethnic studies at the university.

UC president urges swift punishment in campus noose incident

Racial friction at the University of California, San Diego isn’t subsiding. UC San Diego police found a noose at the main library last night. Today, University of California President Mark Yudof urged swift punishment for the act.

ACLU sues LAUSD to stop teacher layoffs

A suit filed today against the Los Angeles Unified School District could change the way the district carries out budget cuts this year.

LAUSD board approves new administration for 36 schools

After rallies and passionate comments from parents and teachers, L.A. Unified’s board of education today approved nonprofit groups to take over administration of 36 new and low performing schools in the district.

LAUSD board to decide on outside groups to run schools

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education plans a vote at its regular meeting tomorrow that some observers say will do more to reform the school district than other recent efforts.

United Teachers Los Angeles protests school district reform

L.A. Unified’s teachers’ union organized protests today and for next week against school district administrators. The union is upset that the superintendent has tentatively allowed outside groups to assume control of new and low-performing campuses.

Nonprofit groups get nod to run LAUSD schools

After neighborhood meetings, a vote involving thousands of people, and expert review, L.A. Unified’s superintendent released today the list of groups he’s recommending to administer 36 new and low-performing campuses.