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

3 Pasadena schools to close; school district officials will hear what people have to say

In forums planned for tonight and Friday, Pasadena schools officials will hear what people have to say about a district decision to close three schools.

State law changes kindergarten age cutoff

For two decades state educators have argued that four year-olds with fall birthdays are not ready to start kindergarten. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed. Yesterday he and signed into law a change to the state’s kindergarten cutoff age.

Teens and parents empowered to prevent cyber crimes

Los Angeles city and county, along with federal law enforcement agencies held a conference today for educators and students. The aim was to arm them with information so minors won’t fall victim to cyber crimes.

LAUSD homeless students receive donations to stay in school

There are more than 13,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District classified as “homeless.” Their families have lost nearly everything. Today a bank gave a donation to a district program that works to help those students continue their education.

Mexican-Americans found group to stem Mexico violence

Many Mexican-Americans in the United States have watched helplessly as drug violence has tightened its grip on the country of their ancestors. Some high-profile Mexican-Americans, including some from Los Angeles, are visiting Mexico City today where a cross-border group intends to start taking action.

200 people invited to Mexican Independence photo shoot

Los Angeles’ Mexican consulate and Mexican avocado growers have invited Mexicans and Mexican Americans aged one to 71 years old for a photo shoot tomorrow morning at Plaza Olvera.

LA Unified promotes reforms on first day of classes

It was all hands on deck as Los Angeles Unified’s top administrators visited school district campuses on the first day of school today

Schools open in Los Angeles

School bells are finally ringing in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Unified School district gets a belated start Monday as students return to classes nearly a week after the normal start time.

ACLU lawsuit: Public school fees are unconstitutional

The California constitution guarantees that public schools will provide a free education to students. The American Civil Liberties Union alleges in a lawsuit filed today that dozens of school districts violate this promise by creating a system of “Pay to Learn” schools.

ACLU alleges school districts illegally charge student fees

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today alleging that dozens of California school districts violate the state’s guarantee of a free public education by charging fees to students and their parents.

Salvadoran American's poetry makes amends for silence over civil war

Many of Southern California’s Salvadoran immigrants arrived about three decades ago, driven here by a bloody civil war in El Salvador between leftist guerrillas and the country’s U.S.-supported right-wing government. Poet William Archila is one of a handful of Salvadoran American writers beginning to document his compatriots’ immigrant experience.

LA civic leaders break ground on Olvera Street mural visitor center

Ground breaking took place today for an addition to downtown L.A.’s oldest thoroughfare. A $9 million interpretive center on Olvera Street will tell the story of a famous painter and a mural the city of Los Angeles whitewashed soon after he created it nearly 80 years ago.

Salvadoran American documents darkness and hope in memoir

The largest proportion of this country’s two million Salvadoran and Salvadoran Americans live in Southern California. A growing number of young Salvadoran American writers are adding another immigrant chapter to the canon of American literature.

Calif. bill would change kindergarten age cutoff

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger played a “kindergarten cop” on film. With the stroke of a pen, he could significantly change who attends kindergarten in California.

School year, fundraising begin amid budget cuts

As the public school year starts for many kids this week, so does parents’ brainstorming to raise money amid budget cuts.