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

City Council Approves Commission to Oversee Governance of LA Unified

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to form a 30-member commission that could radically overhaul the way the LA Unified School District is run.

South LA Community Center Offers Refuge From Racial Violence

A Place Called Home is only located about a half mile from the Jefferson High campus, but it's a world away from the violence between black and Latino students that has plagued the school in recent weeks.

Community Holds Town Hall Meeting on Jefferson High Racial Violence

A capacity crowd attends a meeting on the Jefferson High School campus to discuss the two recent fights between black and Latino students that have left the community in disarray. [image] [image] [image

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.