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

Educators Wary About LAUSD Governance Agreement

Reactions from LA Unified officials to the school district reform compromise ranged from concern to anger. Earlier this year, LA Unified's school board and superintendent joined the teachers union to oppose a previous overhaul plan Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled in his State of the City address.

Activists Decry Lack of Black Students at UCLA

African American activists are concerned that only two-percent of UCLA's entering class is black. UCLA officials defend their admission policies, but concede there's a problem.

LACMA Opens First-Ever Exhibit of Hockney Portraits

The LA County Museum of Art is displaying the portraits of British-born artist David Hockney, whose most famous works have influenced the way people look at Southern California. [image] [image

El Sereno Charter School Fires Back at Critics

Academia Semillas del Pueblo in El Sereno is defending its unusual curriculum in response to allegations from a talk radio station that the school teaches cultural separatism.

Highland Park Honors Southwest Museum Founder

Highland Park held a festival Sunday honoring Charles Fletcher Lummis, the founder of the Southwest Museum. Lummis walked to California from Ohio in 1884 and, along the way, developed a love of the history and culture of the Southwest.

Primary Ballot Measure Would Establish Universal Preschool

Supporters and opponents of Proposition 82 are campaigning down to the wire as Californians get set to decide whether the state should tax its wealthiest residents to fund universal preschool.

Southland Grad Gets Bachelor's Degree Times Three

Cal State Long Beach grad Ji Hee Kim has pulled off the amazing accomplishment of earning three bachelor's degrees in four years.

LA Unified Fights Back Against Criticism

Los Angeles Unified officials are touting the district's accomplishments in response to criticism from LA Mayor Villaraigosa.

Villaraigosa's LAUSD Plan Calls for 'Council of Mayors'

If LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets his way, a 27-member Council of Mayors would run the LA Unified School District in place of the school board. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez looks at how the council would work.

Cities Make Plans to Separate from LA Unified

The cities of Bell, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood and South Gate are forming a public agency as a response to LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposal to take control of the LA Unified School District.

Businesses Close, Thousands March on 'Day Without Immigrants'

According to estimates, a combined 600,000 people turned out for two marches in downtown LA, while demonstrators also marched in Huntington Park, Santa Ana and other Southland cities. [image] [image] [image]

Spanish Language DJs Offer Different Opinions on Boycott

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez monitored Spanish language radio stations and says one prominent DJ is urging participation in today's boycott, while another is urging people to attend work and school.

Opponents of Illegal Immigration Make Their Voices Heard

Although they were not visible in large numbers, those who want tougher enforcement of illegal immigration laws also tried to make their voices heard on Monday.

Villaraigosa Reponds to Critics of School Overhaul Plan

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa answered critics of his plan to take control of the LA Unified School District during a news conference in Chinatown. Villaraigosa revealed the details of the plan during his "State of the City" address on Tuesday.

Mayor Reveals School Reform Plan in 'State of the City' Speech

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa laid forth his plan to take control of the LA Unified School District during his first State of the City speech. Villaraigosa also discussed plans to improve public safety and traffic in the city.