Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Schools change Holocaust curricula

Events around the world today honor the millions of Jewish people killed by the Nazi government in Europe during World War II. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that some schools are changing their approach to this grim chapter in history.

New study warns state economy to suffer unless college graduation improves

Education researchers warn that California’s technology industries are likely to relocate if the state doesn’t boost the number of graduates from its public colleges. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the story.

LA Philharmonic conductor Salonen prepares to step down

Esa-Pekka Salonen puts down the baton this Sunday as lead conductor and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez conducted an exit interview and listened in on one of Salonen's final Disney Hall concerts for this report.

LAUSD board approves plan to lay off thousands of employees

On a 4-to-3 vote Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified school board decided to cut nearly 7,000 positions, half of them teaching jobs, to close a gaping deficit in the coming fiscal year's budget. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Actor Ricardo Montalban dies

88-year-old actor Ricardo Montalban died at his Hollywood Hills home today. Montalban's first screen roles were in films in his native Mexico. Then, says KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, he crossed over and never looked back.

LAUSD Superintendent releases plan to lay off fewer teachers

Los Angeles Unified School District's superintendent said today that the district will have to lay off fewer teachers than expected to close a large deficit in next year's budget. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LAUSD votes to move forward with thousands of layoffs

Shirley Jahad talks to KPCC reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez as news breaks that the L.A. Unified School District votes to move forward with thousands of employee layoffs.

LA-based Latino civil rights group MALDEF leaderless again

The 41-year-old Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund announced today that it’s named an interim chief as it embarks on a national search for a new leader. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Future of LA arts high school in doubt

Less than six months before it's set to open, the future of what had been planned as a conservatory-level arts high school run by the Los Angeles Unified School District, appears to be in jeopardy. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

UCLA acquires archives of Los Angeles writer John Fante

After nearly nine years of negotiations, UCLA announced today it’s acquired – for an undisclosed amount – the archives of the late Los Angeles writer John Fante. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Some teachers tell LA Unified they're open to furlough

In a closed meeting today a group of L.A. Unified teachers told the president of the school district's board they're open to furloughs to help avert layoffs. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Teachers await news on possible layoffs

More than 20,000 California public school teachers are waiting to find out within a month or so whether the preliminary layoff notices they received will become permanent. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke to one such teacher in Orange County; he brings us this profile.

Los Angeles begins multi-year effort to save cultural landmarks

Preservationists say Los Angeles is doing a better job of preventing the loss of cultural landmarks to the wrecking ball. The City of L.A.'s 3-year-old Office of Historic Resources unveils an effort this weekend to systematically search the city's nearly 465 square miles for potentially significant cultural landmarks. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Scientists attacked by violent animal rights activists organize

A group of scientists at UCLA say they’ve formed a new organization to publicly counter opponents of animal research. Some of these opponents have tried to drive home their point with fire bombings, vandalism, and intimidation in several Southland incidents in recent years. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA school board delays vote on layoffs

L.A. Unified's board of education was ready to cut more than 8,500 jobs at its board meeting yesterday. After nearly three hours of deliberation, loud protests outside the meeting room and a letter from Washington D.C., the board decided to put off the decision for two weeks. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.