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

Reviving Yiddish LA

Sabell Bender is one of those trying to revive Yiddish in Los Angeles.

LA School Board Approves Ambassador Hotel Plan

In a 4-3 vote, the LA Unified School Board approves a plan to demolish part of the historic hotel and build a school complex.

CalTech Scientist Shares Nobel Prize for Physics

CalTech Professor David Politzer shares the Nobel Prize for Physics with two other scientists for their research on the strong force.

A Divided Family Watches the Presidential Debate

A South Gate family with divided political sympathies watches the presidential debate between George Bush and John Kerry.

Robert F. Kennedy's Son Says, Don't Save the Ambassador

Maxwell Kennedy, a son of the assassinated politician, opposes the plan to preserve part of the Ambassador Hotel and says the entire complex should be torn down to make more room for schools

Teachers' Union Organizes Pro-Education House Parties

A visit to one of thousands of house parties organized by the National Education Association to build support for public education.

Should Illegal Aliens Who Go to College Get Residency?

Some local college students are urging the US Congress to pass the "Dream Act," which would give legal residency to undocumented aliens who complete two years of college.

Successes in Garden Grove Unified School District

The Garden Grove Unified School District won the $500,000 Broad Prize for Urban Education. What is the district doing right?

Plan for School at Ambassador Hotel Unveiled

LAUSD officials unveil their plans to preserve certain parts of the Ambassador Hotel while building three schools there.

It's SAT Time Again

As high school seniors prepare to take the SAT, the debate continues over such things as cultural bias and tutors.

Do School Uniforms Improve Student Performance?

As more public schools adopt uniforms, we examine their effectiveness in Long Beach Unified, which ten years ago became the first district in the nation to adopt them.

Should County Offices of Education be Spared the Budget Knife?

County offices of education say a proposal to eliminate many of them could threaten imporatnt programs they run.

Latin "Alternative" Bands Fight For Fans, Airwaves

They're often ignored by record companies and radio programmers, but dozens of bands that mix hip-hop and Latin rhythms won't give up the dream of success. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez visits the Latin Alternative Music Conference in LA.

Governor Settles ACLU School Lawsuit

In a break from the Davis Administration, Governor Schwarzenegger has settled a lawsuit over run-down schools by pledging millions in state money for repairs and textbooks.

The King of "Pachuco Boogie" Remembered

Bandleader Don Tosti - who blended Latin jazz, blues and boogie into LA's "Pachuco" sound - has died at 81. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez celebrates Tosti's musicial invention.