Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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Adolfo reports on K-12 education and higher education for Southern California Public Radio.

He’s been a reporter at SCPR since 2000 and in that time has covered many different types of stories including elections, transportation, fires, and the arts. His most memorable stories are the on-site reports at the 2007 May Day Melee protests at L.A.’s MacArthur Park, a fatal apartment collapse that shed light on L.A.'s dearth of housing inspectors, University of California students coping with hunger, South Gate overcoming political corruption, the 25th anniversary of L.A.’s seminal 1977 punk rock scene, social work interns helping students from military families cope, political dirty tricks funded by public funds in the Inglewood Unified School District, a profile of prominent L.A. poet Wanda Coleman, and a feature about Adolfo’s name appearing on the TV show "The Simpsons".

Adolfo's awards include the 2006 L.A. Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year and a regional Edward R. Murrow honor.

2016 is Adolfo’s 20th year in public radio news. He was hired in 1996 by KPBS-FM in San Diego as a producer for the daily news talk show These Days. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and kids.

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Long Beach teachers say heat grinds learning to a stop

During a late September heat wave, teachers at a downtown Long Beach school documented classroom temperatures between 92 and 102 degrees.

Californians' college debt is growing

A new report says the average debt of college graduates grew to about $30,000 nationwide. California's debt is lower, at $22,000.

LA community colleges closely watching 2 ballot measures

Prop. 55 would continue some state taxes to fund schools and community colleges. Measure CC would generate bond funds for L.A. community college facilities.

Prop. 58 would undo bilingual education limits

California schools are limited in how much of a foreign language they can use to help English learner students. Proposition 58 would undo those limits.

Accreditation worries students of for-profit colleges

Observers say the for-profit college industry is going through a shakeout of quality schools after a "gold rush" period in the last decade.

Court throws out California teacher evaluation lawsuit

The lawsuit alleged 13 school districts blatantly violated state law that compels school districts to use student test scores to evaluate teachers.

ITT Tech closure a 'housing crisis' for veterans

Military veterans left without full-time college classes by the closure of ITT Tech will stop receiving monthly housing allowances.

Some community colleges won't transfer all ITT Tech credits

Community colleges are reaching out to former ITT Tech students, but they aren't offering to transfer all their classes to continue their degrees.

Schools say English learners monitor list wrong

State officials will begin monitoring schools in Santa Monica, Burbank, San Gabriel, and Riverside to make sure English learners don't fall through the cracks.

Community colleges make a play for former ITT Tech students

Community colleges are trying to reach former ITT Tech students who are deciding how to continue their higher education after their schools shut down.

Here’s who pays for community college 'promise' programs

Sixteen of California's 23 community college "promise" programs were announced this year. Most promise a year of free college tuition, while some offer more.

Commentary: RIP Juan Gabriel, the greatest songwriter of his generation

Gabriel was 66 when he died at home this past Sunday. KPCC's education correspondent remembers the star for who he was: the greatest songwriter of his generation.

Lots of new faculty hired at community colleges

Some Southern California community colleges have hired dozens of new full time faculty to start this year, thanks to $62 million in new funds.

Community colleges opening door wider for high schoolers

Research shows that high school students who take some community college classes before graduation are more likely to enroll and finish college.

Why more schools are starting the year in early August

Schools have been moving the first day of school to August to help kids' academics. Now one out of four L.A. County school districts start the week of Aug. 8.