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

State schools superintendent rallies school leaders to oppose cuts

During a town hall meeting in Pasadena today, L.A. County school district leaders warned that students would bear the brunt of budget cuts proposed by Sacramento lawmakers. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Long Beach artists turn cargo containers into art exhibition

Millions of large metal cargo containers flow in and out Southland ports each year. One group of Long Beach artists saw an opportunity and with city permission, turned several used containers into a temporary art gallery on a busy street corner. It's called the Goods Gallery and a few days ago it hosted an exhibition, its last, of conceptual sculpture, photography and paintings. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended and brings us this report.

Southland raids changed the way museums do business

Scrutiny of public museums' ownership of looted antiquities came to a head one year ago in Southern California. Just after dawn, dozens of federal agents staged simultaneous raids on four museums. Federal authorities had investigated an alleged illegal tax write-off scheme that involved antiquities donated to museums. No one's been tried or convicted in the matter, and the U.S. Attorney says they're still investigating. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, the raids did change the way museums across the country conduct business.

New foundation will help mentally ill

The friends and family of a mentally ill musician featured in Los Angeles Times columns launched a foundation Wednesday to help other mentally ill people. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

New LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel announces concerts

Usually when the L.A. Philharmonic announces its upcoming concert season, it's a low-key affair. Not today. The Phil's new conductor, the hottest classical music personality in the world, unveiled the concert list. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Latinos watch Inauguration and reflect on significance

During the Inauguration ceremony, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez listened in on a Spanish-language broadcast of the proceedings with patrons of a Mexican bakery and restaurant in Long Beach.

LAUSD gives superintendent authority to lay off teachers

The L.A. Unified school board today gave its superintendent the authority to lay off more than 2,000 teachers in the face of massive state budget cuts. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

U.S. Army unit returns from deployment in Iraq

A U.S. Army combat support unit stationed in Iraq for more than a year returned home to the San Gabriel Valley today. At the welcoming ceremony, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez heard quite a few soldiers talk about how the domestic economy has changed.

A leadership change at the LAUSD

These last days of the year are also the last days on the job for L.A. Unified Superintendent David Brewer. He leaves his position almost two years before his contract is up. Earlier this month, most of the school board voted to buy out the remaining time on his contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez examines Brewer's record.

UCLA education think tank sides with activists, draws criticism

After two decades at UCLA, renowned education professor Jeannie Oakes has left for a higher-profile job. She'll be in charge of education grantmaking at the Ford Foundation in New York City. Part of her legacy at UCLA is an eight-year-old education think tank that's offered scholarly reinforcement to education activist groups in their efforts to improve public schools. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

MOCA board agrees to bailout, resignation of museum director

Trustees and supporters of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art announced today they're accepting a $30 million bailout from a prominent philanthropist. That'll avert a proposed merger with the much larger L.A. County Museum of Art. MOCA, as it's known, was running out of cash. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says it could have closed next year if it didn't land a big patron.

Veteran educator Ramon Cortines will lead LA Unified School District

The L.A. Unified School District has a new superintendent. The district's board yesterday appointed veteran educator Ramon Cortines to a three-year contract one week after it voted to buy out Superintendent David Brewer's contract for about half a million dollars. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Ramon Cortines named new LAUSD superintendent

Ramon Cortines is the new superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District, replacing outgoing superintendent David Brewer. Shirley Jahad talked with KPCC's education reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez about the changeover.

El Dorado Nature Center volunteers preserve a natural habitat in the city

In the latest part of KPCC's "Season's Givings" series, Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visits the El Dorado Nature Center where volunteers help teach about plants and animals.

African-American civic leaders want say on new LA Unified superintendent

L.A. Unified's board of education was scheduled to deliberate in closed session yesterday about how to go about picking a replacement for exiting superintendent David Brewer. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says black civic leaders and L.A.'s mayor have something to say about how that process should work.