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

UCLA shooting raises concern for training on student aggression

Professors say they see UCLA shooting as a sign to look out for students in distress. Some campuses are increasing their mental health services and outreach.

Should school staff get unemployment during the summer?

The Assembly is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan to give unemployment benefits to janitors, cafeteria workers and other classified staff during the summer, when there isn't much work.

Big change to UC application stressing students out

The personal statement is an important part of the University of California application. This year, the system is doubling the number of essays applicants are required to write.

Advocates: More transparency needed for new education funds

School districts make financial reports available to the public, but advocates say those reports are missing a lot of funding information.

California graduation rates up for struggling students

Latino, African American, American Indian, and English learner students are improving their graduation rates more than the statewide average.

Report: California making strides with English learners

Some California schools are tackling English learner education by targeting students who've been in the programs for five years or more.

California lags in personal finance education

A 2013 law tried to get better financial literacy instruction into California schools. But so far, teachers and advocates say, that effort has failed.

Fight brewing over new school accountability system

What metrics should the state use to judge schools? And how much should individual school districts get to decide? That's at the heart of a state policy fight.

California test opt-out rates look highest among 11th graders

Burbank High School had a 41 percent opt-out rate on this year's state standardized tests. That's much higher than the statewide percentage.

Cal State goes back to negotiating table, may avert a strike

California State University management and the union that represents faculty say they may announce a settlement on Friday to their contract dispute.

Cal State campuses say education will go on during strike

Cal State campuses are preparing for the education and safety logistics of a five-day faculty strike. Campuses say they'll be open for business.

Compton on verge of reforming schools' trauma policies

Lawyers who sued Compton Unified last year say childhood trauma experts are helping school officials craft reforms for the entire school district.

The SoCal roots of SCOTUS's big union dues decision run deep

The lead plaintiff in the case, Rebecca Friedrichs, is a local teacher who says she plans to continue the fight.

Independent report recommends Cal State faculty raises

The non-binding report acknowledges the Great Recession "severely impacted" CSU, but it recommends a 5-percent raise for faculty over two years.

Easing testing anxiety for special education students

Officials made changes this year aimed at making Smarter Balanced tests more accommodating for the 300,000 special education students who sit for the exams.