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

Audit Says Charter School Owner Misappropriated Money

A state audit finds that Steven Cox, the founder of California Charter Academy, diverted millions of dollars to a for-profit company and family members.

Teachers Union Leaders Dispute Election

Three leaders of the United Teachers of Los Angeles are challenging the vote that threw them out of office last month, according to interviews and documents obtained by KPCC.

Mammoth Residents Wary of Ski Resort Sale

Dave McCoy, the longtime owner of Mammoth Mountain, is selling his shares in the company. Residents of nearby Mammoth Lakes are worried about the effect the change in ownership will have on the popular ski resort.

Director of LACMA Resigns After Decade-Long Run

Andrea Rich announces she will step down from her post as director of the LA County Museum of Art. She leaves as the museum is set to break ground on a $150 million construction project.

African American Writer Chosen For LA Reading Program

LA Mayor Jim Hahn announces "Little Scarlet" by Walter Mosley as this year's pick for the "One Book, One City" reading initative. The program is intended to promote literacy and civic unity.

Long Beach High School Beats Odds on Drop Outs

A Harvard University study reveals more students drop out in California than officially reported. Poly High in Long Beach is cited as being successful in preventing drop outs.

Father of Chicano Music Dies

Seminal Chicano folk musician Lalo Guerrero died March 17 at the age of 88. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez spoke to Guerrero in 2003 when the LA County Board of Supervisors declared "Lalo Guerrero Day."

Educators, Parents Gather to Push High School Reform

More than 300 parents, teachers and administrators meet at a conference in Manhattan Beach with the goal of making high schools better places for learning.

Racial Tensions Erupt at Valley High School

Several students are injured during a fight between Armenians and Latinos at Grant High School in Valley Glen. A community forum is held to discuss ways to bring an end to the racial violence.

US, Mexican Museum Leaders Pledge Cooperation

Museum officials from the US and Mexico hold a two-day meeting at the LA County Museum of Art. The directors hope for a better exchange of art between the two countries.

New Teachers Union Leaders Call For Major Reforms

The incoming leadership slate at the United Teachers of Los Angeles is vowing across-the-board changes in education.

Historic Los Feliz Structure Red-Tagged

The Ennis-Brown House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was briefly declared uninhabitable because of concerns the recent storm may have harmed the structure's foundation. Preservation efforts on the building continue.

Hertzberg Hopes to Rise Above Pack

In the first of five profiles of LA mayoral candidates, former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg makes a name for himself by putting forth bold proposals such as breaking up the Los Angeles Unified School District and releasing an unusual TV ad.

Funeral Held for Black Teenager Shot By Cop

More than 400 people attend the services for Devin Brown, the African American teenager who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in LA.

Teachers Unions Vow to Fight Merit Pay Proposal

The second of two reports on Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to base teachers' pay on performance examines union opposition to the proposal.