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

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.

LAUSD board votes to buy out superintendent's contract

On a split vote in a closed session today, L.A. Unified's board of education voted to buy out Superintendent David Brewer's contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA Unified superintendent is open to a buy out of his contract

For a week since school board members signaled they wanted him out of the job, David Brewer's defended his achievements as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Yesterday at an L.A. Unified headquarters press conference, Brewer came closest to saying he wants out of the appointed position. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there; he brings us this report.

Some criticize effort to oust LAUSD superintendent

Civic leaders continue to talk openly and privately about a reportedly botched effort by Los Angeles Unified's school board president to oust Superintendent David Brewer before the end of his contract. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the story.