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

Hiring spree on at California community colleges

The new state budget includes $62 million for all 112 California community colleges to hire new, full-time faculty. Colleges want new hires for fall 2016.

Common Core test scores show more learning needed

The results of the newest standardized tests signal trouble in the teaching and learning of Common Core concepts, particularly in math.

More indicted in $50 million schools drug rehab case

All of the defendants worked at Long Beach-based Atlantic Health Services (formerly Atlantic Recovery Services or ARS). In many cases, services were not provided or were provided to students without substance abuse problems, prosecutors say.

As California forest fires flare, fire academy graduates called in

Programs like the Wildland Fire Academy at Rio Hondo College teach skills sought by the U.S. Forest Service to fight fires.

Calif. students aren't all learning college readiness, study finds

California adopted Common Core learning standards in part to better prepare students for college. But a new study says some teachers aren't teaching college readiness.

State lawmakers approve fix to high school exit exam snafu

The state Senate approved a measure Monday that frees roughly 5,000 seniors who were stuck in graduation limbo after officials canceled the high school exam.

California attorney general warns of student loan scams

Average student loan debt amount in California — about $20,000 — is much lower than in most other states, but the number of people graduating with debt is growing.

LAUSD reports few problems as data system handles first day of school

The Los Angeles Unified officials report no major problems as the student data system's handles first-day traffic.

Back to school to test readiness of LAUSD data system

As students return to class Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified district officials express confidence in the MiSiS data system that last year created havoc for many pupils.

LAUSD teacher Rafe Esquith files suit, district adds new charges

Los Angeles Unified says investigators revealed serious allegations against well-known Los Angeles Unified teacher Rafe Esquith. His attorney said the district is acting like a criminal cartel.

Summer algebra camp for black students aims to open doors to college

Community churches worked with the California State University to run summer classes helping African American students get up to speed on the math classes required for college entry.

New law bars revelation of child's immigration status in civil suits

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill, prompted by Miramonte lawsuits, that prevents release of the immigration status of children in civil suits where damages could be awarded.

Jerry Heller helped bring N.W.A 'Straight Outta Compton'

The new movie "Straight Outta Compton" tells the story of how the group N.W.A. broke out, and way down the list of IMDb credits is Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller. But Heller was instrumental in N.W.A.'s success.

USC art professor resigns amid department troubles

USC's MFA program graduated renowned artists, but the entire first-year class withdrew in May over a recent downsizing of the program.

Court monitor prompts fixes to LAUSD special ed program

Los Angeles Unified agreed to better train its staff and carry out other changes to address problems with its special education services.