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

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.

LA Unified Superintendent Brewer defends record in wake of buyout reports

There's an effort to oust the superintendent the Los Angeles Unified School District hired two years ago amid great fanfare. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Report: LA Unified School Board to vote on Superintendent Brewer's contract

LA Unified School board members today reportedly will discuss buying out the contract of Superintendent David Brewer. The LA Times reports that key civic leaders, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Mayor Dick Riordan, are quietly pressing for Brewer to leave. Adolfo Guzman Lopez covers education for KPCC. He talked with Morning Edition host Steve Julian about the powers the school board has over Brewer.

UCLA creates digital archive of unique languages

The late UCLA professor Peter Ladefoged was the Indiana Jones of spoken language. For almost 50 years, the phonetics researcher traveled the globe with recording equipment, in search of obscure and disappearing languages. This month, his colleagues at UCLA completed a four-year effort to create a digital public archive of his abundant field recordings. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Indian immigrants celebrate their own form of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just one of the customs immigrants embrace as they adapt to American society. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez paid a visit to Artesia's Indian business district to sample the East Indian flavors of the holiday.

Educators say mandatory testing makes it hard to teach Thanksgiving

California requires students to learn about the Thanksgiving holiday and the history surrounding it three times in their public school careers. But as KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, a lot of students are missing out.

Taiwanese group aids fire evacuees

Blue-shirted members of a Buddhist group called Tzu Chi offered comfort to people forced from their homes by this week's wildfires. The group's based in Taiwan and its U.S. headquarters is in Monrovia. This year, for the first time, Tzu Chi began a partnership with the American Red Cross to help with disaster relief. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez spoke with a member of the Orange County chapter at a Brea evacuation center.