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

Principals praise alternative teacher credentialing

An annual survey released today by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing gives high marks to beginning teachers who’ve entered the profession through fast-track alternative certification programs.

Parcel tax fails at Long Beach Unified

Voters in the boundaries of the Long Beach Unified School District on Tuesday rejected a parcel tax measure to fund public schools.

Steven Sample to step down from USC president post

After a nearly 20-year tenure that saw improvements in academics, finances, and sports, Steven Sample announced Monday he will retire before fall of next year.

SoCal arts groups get trickle of federal stimulus funds

The federal government says its economic stimulus package from earlier this year saved or created more than 600,000 jobs. A small portion of those funds went to arts organizations, including some in the Southland that used the money to save jobs.

Day of the Dead newest US holiday, new book argues

The Day of the Dead, the Latin American observance that takes place Monday, hasn’t displaced Halloween in the U.S. However, a scholar argues in a new book that the observance is becoming this country’s newest holiday.

LA Unified substitute teachers protest over job losses

Dozens of long-time substitute teachers protested outside Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters Tuesday. They're angry about a deal struck a few months ago between teachers union leaders and district administrators that gives priority for substitute teaching jobs to about 2,000 beginning teachers the district had laid off.

Departure of LA Unified school construction chief causes concern

Guy Mehula, the chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District's highly successful school construction program, has retired.

UCLA animal researchers step up efforts against protesters

Scientists at UCLA are stepping up their campaign against violent extremists and others who say there’s no human benefit from experiments on animals.

Furloughs shutter academics at CSU Fullerton

About 2,000 California State University Fullerton professors are taking unpaid days off three days this week, starting Tuesday. Severe budget cuts at all Cal State campuses are forcing all employees to take furlough days. Most other campuses are spreading out or staggering furlough days.

LA Unified 'recovers' high school dropouts

Several hundred Los Angeles Unified School District administrators and other employees worked the phones for a day Monday and visited door-to-door in search of truants and dropouts. Their aim was to persuade those young people back into classrooms.

California State University flooded with fall 2010 applications

The CSU system began accepting applications online this month for fall admission next year. University administrators say it’s been like opening a floodgate. Since October 1st, Cal State received more than 100,000 applications for roughly 90,000 openings in the fall of next year. That’s about twice as many applications as it got in the same period last year.

United Teachers Los Angeles urged to sue to stop schools handover

A law firm hired by the the union that represents Los Angeles Unified School District teachers advised the union to file suit to a policy that would allow outside groups to take over governance of more than 200 school district campuses.

Assemblyman Torrico tells CSU Dominguez Hills to halt program cuts plan

At a boisterous campus rally on Wednesday, California Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico called on CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred Garcia to end a plan that could lead to the elimination of academic programs and majors if the campus undergoes state budget cuts next year.

Only prosthetics education program in California expands

While most of the campus endures budget cuts, one academic program at California State University Dominguez Hills began the school year in a much larger facility thanks to a partnership with the Veterans Administration hospital in Long Beach. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says it’s the state’s only academic training program for people who fit artificial limbs and braces.

State assemblyman pushes oil tax for college funding

The majority leader of the state assembly says he’ll reintroduce a proposal to tax California oil producers in order to generate sorely needed funds for public colleges. More on the story from KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.