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

LAUSD board seeking fix for college prep requirements

A policy aimed at getting Los Angeles Unified students prepared for college threatens to derail graduation for students unless a solution is found.

Report: Latinos need support to increase UC admissions

Campaign for College Opportunity says Latinos are less likely to hold college degrees than other racial/ethnic groups, trailing in college readiness, enrollment and degree completion rates.

Jury sides against CSU students in $80M fee case

California State University system argued it should not have to reimburse millions of dollars to students who paid additional fees in 2009.

State graduation rates show 'unacceptable' gaps

Data show California's African-American and Latino students continue to graduate high school at rates lower than that of their white and Asian classmates.

Corinthian colleges closed, leaving students seeking answers

College officials — and the California Department of Consumer Affairs — have scheduled meetings with students beginning Tuesday after the campuses were closed.

Judge denies motion to rid high schools of 'phantom' classes

The Cruz v. California lawsuit alleges state education officials allow practices at public schools that deny students of significant amounts of learning time.

Parking ban on streets around some high schools stirs debate

Mission Viejo is the latest community to debate whether parking should be banned on public streets around public high schools for those other than residents.

Many parents feel uninformed about Common Core tests

A new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates parents feel ill-informed about the new standardized tests underway in public schools.

LAUSD board OKs teacher contract, though deficit projected

The L.A. Unified board cleared the way for the teachers' agreement to go to union members for a vote, but officials estimate it will create a $559 million deficit.

LAUSD board to vote on tentative teacher deal

The Los Angeles Unified board is set to meet in closed session to discuss a tentative teacher contract, although the total cost of the agreement remains undisclosed.

Burbank school board approves contract for controversial superintendent candidate

L.A. Unified's chief strategist has been picked for the Burbank Unified superintendent job despite being dogged by his connection to former LAUSD chief John Deasy and his tech projects.

Parents still scratching their heads on Common Core math

Parents wonder if kids won't be able to add if they are just taught how to think about a problem under Common Core math. Officials say memorization isn't enough.

Advocates push for statewide breakfast in the classroom

Food policy advocates want the state to require needy schools to offer a version of LAUSD's breakfast in the classroom program, despite teacher complaints.

California high schools violate cap and gown law

California public schools can't require students to buy a cap and gown to participate in a graduation ceremony, but some districts are leaving students in the dark about their options.

Trial to decide if Cal State pays students back $50 million

In 2009, the California State University forced students to pay about $300 in additional fees after they'd already sent in their checks. A civil suit seeks a refund.