Adolfo Guzman-Lopez Education Reporter

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Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is an education reporter for KPCC. He's been a reporter at the station since 2000.

After college, in the mid-1990s, Guzman-Lopez began reporting freelance arts and culture stories, mostly about the red-hot rock en español scene, to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, and the Tijuana newspaper La Tarde. He got his first public radio job at KPBS-FM in San Diego in 1996 as a news talk show producer. He freelanced radio features to Latino USA, Marketplace and other national shows. At KPBS he hosted and produced a daily, Gen-X arts and culture show called "The Lounge" which featured in-studio performances by Howard Jones and Sean Lennon with the band Cibo Matto.

Guzman-Lopez's reporting at KPCC has included the South Gate city hall corruption scandal; the L.A. mayoral campaigns of James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa; the SB1070 protests in Phoenix, the 2007 May Day melee; and coverage of L.A. Unified Superintendents Roy Romer, David Brewer, Ramon Cortines, and John Deasy.

Guzman-Lopez was born in Mexico City and grew up in Tijuana and San Diego.He now lives in Long Beach with his wife and two kids and is always open to hear traffic tips for the 110, 710, or the 5 freeways to downtown L.A.

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Jefferson High class scheduling fix-it plan may fall short

ACLU wants school officials to detail how they came up with the number of students who lost class time because of a new student data system.

Despite pay, new LA schools supe says he won't use Deasy

Superintendent Ramon Cortines says he won't be calling on resigned Superintendent Deasy for advice, despite reports that the district will pay the former supe $60,000 as a paid adviser through the end of this calendar year.

Cortines a familiar face at LA Unified, but is he the right choice?

Ramon Cortines has led the school districts in Pasadena, San Francisco, and New York City. He's now taking over as L.A. Unified superintendent for the third time.

$1.1M Jefferson High plan approved by school board

Los Angeles Unified plan calls for spending $1.1 million to fund an additional 30-minute school day, add 15 new class sections, and increase support personnel.

Judge tells state to fix problems at LA's Jefferson High

A judge is ordering California officials to get involved in fixing scheduling and class assignment problems, which he says unconstitutionally deprived students.

Parents, students focus on schools as Deasy evaluated

Students and parents may not know all about the politics swirling around the Superintendent John Deasy. What do they care about? The classroom.

High school throws a party to help kids apply to college

Administrators at the UCLA Community School, a public school in Koreatown, believe a strong safety net of adult support is what students need for college admission.

Big holes in California website disclosing educators’ pay

“I think people should ask their local leaders to do the right thing, to share the information,” said California's Controller about charter schools' salary data.

$335,000 for school leader security raises eyebrows

Inglewood Unified's state trustee is protected and driven during the workday by a California Highway Patrol officer through the Dignitary Protection Section.

Students trying to find their own sexual consent language

As new sexual assault requirements roll out at Occidental College, students grapple with what they can say and what they can't do.

High school exit exam pass rates remain flat

A little more than more than 95.5 percent of high school seniors passed the California high school exit exam, but a gap still remains among ethnic groups.

Classrooms have AC but heat still sizzling some classes

The latest heat wave has prompted L.A. Unified to hold air-conditioning repair technicians on overtime to keep classrooms comfortable.

AG truancy report: Student absences highest among low-income, black students

Low-income and African American elementary school students have the highest rates of chronic truancy and absences. Absences have cost public schools $3.5 billion in state funding.

Battle over local control of online college classes

As students seek classes to accommodate busy schedules and campuses look to expand, virtual courses have been multiplying in the state’s massive community college system.

Far-reaching Vergara decision headed for appeal

A state appeals court could hear the Vergara v. California verdict next year. At stake are laws giving teachers tenure after two years and wide job protections.