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

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.

Artist reunites with mural he created nearly three decades ago

Thirty years ago, a Los Angeles painter a couple of years out of art school began to photograph the people and storefronts along Broadway downtown. For nearly two years, the artist worked on a series of paintings based on those photos. Scholars agree that he created a seminal work of L.A. art. The artist hadn't seen the work after it entered a private collection a decade ago. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was present when he saw it again.

LAUSD set to vote on major budget cuts

At its regular meeting tomorrow L.A. Unified's board of education is faced with a decision whether to close a $700 million budget gap by eliminating 7,300 positions at its schools and more than 1,200 from the school district's central office. Some of L.A. Unified's labor unions say the cuts are unnecessary. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

UCLA unveils Mexican American music archive

UCLA is unveiling a massive digital archive of Mexican-American music recordings, some more than a century old. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story on today's event.

Mexican-American music is focus of new digital archive

Eight years ago, UCLA began an effort to digitize Mexican-American music from California and Texas recorded on independent labels. Some of those 40,000 records are done and the university's unveiling them today. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

President Obama brings economic recovery message to Los Angeles

President Obama took his message of economic recovery yesterday to a middle school in one of L.A.'s most densely populated immigrant neighborhoods. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there and prepared this report.

LAUSD votes to lay off thousands of employees to cut budget

To help close an expected $718 million budget deficit, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted today to send temporary layoff notices to nearly 9,000 employees, most of them teachers. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended the contentious school board meeting and filed this report.

L.A. County Arts Commission provides business advice to artists

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is hosting a West Hollywood workshop on Saturday. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says it's intended to help artists along as the economy falters.

Pasadena school district holds job fair while planning potential layoffs

Like many other school districts Pasadena Unified is poised to send out temporary layoff notices next week. But Saturday, the school district's holding a morning job fair at Pasadena City Hall to fill about 100 job openings. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA mayor gets mixed reviews on education

Four years ago, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa campaigned heavily on a promise to improve the L.A. Unified School District. Upon his inauguration, Villaraigosa set about to make good on his promise. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says the mayor's asking voters on Tuesday to judge his achievements and give him a second term.

Hammer Museum hires new chief curator

One of the Southland's highest-profile contemporary art museums has hired a new chief curator. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked with him and offers this introduction.