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

LAUSD Superintendent Bashes Mayor in "State of the Schools" Speech

L-A Unified School Superintendent Roy Romer retires this fall, after six years as head of the nation's second largest district. Thursday, he delivered his final "State of the Schools" address, and he used it to blast Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's LAUSD takeover campaign.

Non-Violent Parenting Class Draws a Crowd

Parenting shows on TV draw millions of viewers, but an Echo Park woman is relying on her 40 years of experience to teach packed classes about non-violent parenting.

Artists Upset at CalTrans Over Mural Damage

If you're driving in downtown LA on the Hollywood freeway near Alameda Street, you may want to take a quick look at the murals. Caltrans says it made a mistake earlier this week when a graffiti removal crew painted over two large, city-commissioned murals. [image] [image] [image]

Long Beach Community Garden is Still Going Strong

With all of the recent publicity about the eviction of the South Central community farmers, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez visited a public farm in Long Beach that's been around for 31 years.

Graduating Seniors Reflect on Immigration Walkouts

Students at Huntington Park High School were among the first to stage a walkout in support of the undocumented. Graduating seniors say the experience was a defining part of their school career.

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.