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

Candidates Spend Millions in Race for School Board Seat

Two seats on the L.A. Unified Board of Education are open in this week's runoff elections. In one of those races, candidates are likely to spend more than $3 million to win a part-time position that pays $24,000 a year. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

Muckraking Web Master Digs Dirt on Long Beach

Publishers of a new weekly Long Beach newspaper claim that L.A. County's second largest city is media-starved. Some residents and civic leaders say the city's only daily newspaper can't do it all. They point to a Long Beach Web site they say is providing original reporting missed by many media outlets. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports.

South L.A. Residents Sound Off on Rally Violence

The FBI has agreed to a request by Los Angeles police chief Bill Bratton to investigate the violence that followed Tuesday's immigration rally at MacArthur Park. The violence has been the talk of many Angelenos.

LA Mayor: MacArthur Park Scuffle "Wrong"

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke in LA for the first time about Tuesday's violent protest in MacArthur Park. The mayor cut short a trade mission to answer the growing outcry about LAPD use of force at the march.

L.A. Immigrant Rights Rally Turns Violent

One of two large pro-immigrant protests in Los Angeles yesterday ended in violence. Los Angeles police officers in riot gear fired rubber bullets and used batons to disperse thousands of people. Several, including journalists, were injured.

Hate Watchdog Group Issues Warning About Southland Professor

The Southern Poverty Law Center is out with a warning that a Southland professor's academic research fuels the agenda of white supremacist groups. The professor insists he doesn't support the views of those groups.

Japanese-Born Architect Will Chair Prestigious UCLA Department

UCLA has hired Japanese-born Hitoshi Abe to head the school's Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

Jewish Symphony Takes Music Education to Classrooms

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony holds workshops for elementary school students to introduce them to orchestra music and to teach the youngsters about the ancient culture of Spain's Jews.

Mayor's LAUSD Takeover Bid Declared Unconstitutional Again

A three-judge panel said Tuesday that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's LAUSD governance plan violates California's constitutional separation of city and school governments.

Pass Rate for Exit Exam on the Rise

California's Superintendent of Public Instruction said Monday almost half of the high school seniors who failed last year's California exit exam are still trying to pass the test. Most enrolled in a fifth year of high school, while others signed up for adult classes.

L.A. School Board Does About Face on Charter Schools Proposal

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education has reversed itself and will allow a charter school company to run one of the district's lowest-performing schools.

L.A. Philharmonic's Music Director to Step Down

Esa-Pekka Salonen will give up his role as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in two years. He's passing the baton to Gustavo Dudamel, a 26-year old Venezuelan conductor.

USC Financial Aid Dean Under Investigati

The University of Southern California is one of several schools investigating financial aid practices after New York's Attorney General alleged that officials profited from a loan company the university recommends to students. USC, Columbia University, and the University of Texas placed financial aid officials on leave Thursday after information surfaced that they held stock in the suspect company.

Charter School Founder Claims Success; Critics See Flaws

Green Dot founder Steve Barr is planning a major expansion of charter schools in Los Angeles. Barr says the success of Green Dot's charter schools show his approach works, but some education researchers aren't so sure the model can be expanded.

CSU Faculty Vote to Strike

The stage is set for professors at the 23 California State University campuses to go on strike. CSU faculty and administrators have until Sunday to decide whether to agree to a contract recommended by independent mediators.