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

Southland Italian-American Club Fights to Keep Heritage Alive

The Garibaldina Society in Highland Park was founded more than a century ago, but the organization has had a hard time attracting younger members to guarantee the group's future.

Head of LAUSD's Construction Program Resigns

Jim McConnell, the head of LA Unified's massive school construction program, submitted his letter of resignation this week.

Governor's Plan Would Increase Education Spending

Governor Schwarzenegger says his budget will increase education spending by a record amount and will freeze fee hikes for UC and Cal State students.

School Chief Says No Alternatives For Exit Exam

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell says high school students will have to pass the exit exam to graduate.

Future of Black Art Collection in Doubt

For the past two decades, artist William Pajaud compiled a significant collection of African American art for Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company in Los Angeles. Now there's concern over what will happen to that collection.

Southland Artist Compiles Significant Black Art Collection

In part one of a two-part series, KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez profiles William Pajaud, a Southland artist who started an influential African American art collection.

Charters Sue Over Class Space

Two charter schools in San Diego have sued the city's school district claiming they were denied access to classroom space. Some say the lawsuit could have statewide implications.

Tackling Violence Through Art

For the last four years, Northridge Middle School instructor Lisa Citron has been using creative writing, theater and history to teach students about conflict resolution.

Superintendent Unveils Makeover Plan for Jefferson High

LA Unified School District Superintendent Roy Romer says he wants to split Jefferson High into five smaller learning communities and transfer about 1,100 students to other schools.

LA, Mexico City Mayors Meet to Address Policy Questions

Mexico City Mayor Alejandro Encinas met with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to discuss issues such as the environment and crime.

LAUSD Moves to Revoke Charter of West LA School

The Renaissance Academy opened more than a year ago with big dreams, but the school has been plagued by problems. The Los Angeles Unified School District is now working to revoke the school's charter.

LA Teachers Get Pay Boost

LA Unified teachers agree with the district to a one-year wage and benefits package.

LAUSD Proposes Sweeping Reform Plan for Jefferson High

LA Unified School District Superintendent Roy Romer unveiled a reform plan for Jefferson High School as parents and students marched on the district's headquarters.

Hurricane Evacuee Premiers Performance About Katrina

Performance artist Jose Torres Tama was forced to flee New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. Recently, he performed a show based on the experience.

Former School Board President Wins LA Council Seat

Former LA Unified School Board President Jose Huizar defeated Nick Pacheco for the 14th District LA City Council seat. Pacheco formerly represented the council district.