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

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.

Teacher's Union Unveils School Reform Plan

The United Teachers of Los Angeles and six community groups have unveiled their plan for reforming the LA Unified School District. The release of the proposal came one day before Mayor Villaraigosa outlines his plan for taking control of the school district.

Southland Catholic Students Stay on Campus During Demonstrations

Tens of thousands of students recently walked out class to protest an immigration reform bill before Congress, but Latino students in LA's Catholic schools mostly looked for other ways to protest.

LAUSD Trustee Calls for Moratorium on Charter Schools

The LA Unified School District recently approved its 100th charter school, but now a member of the LA Unified Board of Education is proposing a one-year moratorium on charters.

Maywood Elected Officials Declare City Sanctuary For Immigrants

In some cities near Los Angeles with large Latino populations, officials aren't just opposing tougher immigration laws under debate in Congress. They're designating their communities as sanctuaries for the undocumented, instructing police to roll back enforcement of certain offenses.

LACMA Turns 40

The LA County Museum of Art is 40 years old, but some see the museum as a youngster with a lot of potential.

Students Walk Out to Protest Immigration Bill

An estimated 36,000 students walked out of schools in Los Angeles County to protest an immigration bill passed by the House of Representatives that would make it a felony to be in the country illegally.

LA's Mayor Gets Educated on School Control

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa travels to New York to learn how the Big Apple's mayor took control of the public schools.

Neighbors Complain of Toxic Soil at School Construction Site

Residents say that the LA Unified School District say the LAUSD failed to warn them about toxic soil at a middle school under construction.