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

UCLA Engineering Program Hits Milestone

As the UCLA engineering program turns 60, KPCC profiles a current chemical engineering major and a graduate who was with the engineering program from the beginning.

Teacher Tenure Initiative Among Measures on November Ballot

An initiative that would extend the probation period for teachers is supported by Governor Schwarzenegger but has come under fire from the teacher's union.

Deputies Disciplined, New Policy Proposed After Compton Shooting

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca suspends 12 deputies without pay for their involvement in last month's incident in which deputies fired 120 rounds at an unarmed pursuit suspect in Compton.

Undocumented Family Struggles to Get Ahead

Part two of a series on Eduardo, an undocumented immigrant, focuses on his family and their hope that the youngest member won't have to work as hard as the older members do.

Profile of an Undocumented Immigrant

An inside look at the life of Eduardo, a 25-year old undocumented immigrant who came across the border from Mexico City and has been fighting to make a life for himself in the United States

Multimedia Piece Looks Back at Japanese-American Internment

"Manzanar: An American Story", a multimedia orchestral work directed by LA Opera Conductor Kent Nagano, remembers the 120-thousand Japanese-Americans relocated during World War II.

Pasadena Unified Looks at Closing Schools

School district officials, facing a $9 million dollar deficit, consider which schools to close.

LA Unified Holds Ribbon-Cutting for New South Gate Elementary School

Despite the addition of new schools like South Gate New Elementary School Number 6, some Southgate parents still express concern over the quality of their children's education.

Villaraigosa Agenda Includes Hiring Cops, Ethics Reform

In his first press conference, LA Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa says he'll push for the hiring of 379 new officers and for tougher ethics rules for city politicians. [image]

Thousands Attend Funeral Mass for Labor Leader Contreras

More than four thousand people honored Miguel Contreras in a mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown LA. The secretary-treasurer of the LA County Federation of Labor died of a heart attack at the age of 52.

Mayoral Candidates Want More Control Over LA Schools

Education has become a major issue in the LA mayor's race, despite the fact that the mayor has no control over the LA Unified School District. Both Mayor Jim Hahn and challenger Antonio Villaraigosa want to change that

Long Beach Hosts Cuevas Art Exhibit

The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach is displaying works by popular Mexican artist José Luis Cuevas through August. More than 250 people recently got a sneak peek. [image] [image] [image]

LA Schools Superintendent Proposes Nearly $4 Billion Bond Measure

In his first State of the Schools speech, LA Unified Superintendent Roy Romer said he will propose to the school board a $3.8 billion school construction bond measure. The measure could go on the ballot in November.

Riordan Steps Down as Secretary of Education

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has resigned his post as California Secretary of Education after a year on the job. Riordan's brief tenure in Sacramento stands in stark contrast to the changes he made while mayor of LA.

San Diego Schools Chief Appointed Secretary of Education

Governor Schwarzenegger appoints San Diego Schools Superintendant Alan Bersin to replace Richard Riordan as State Secretary of Education. Bersin is a former US Attorney who has had a contentious relationship with San Diego teachers and the school board.