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

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.

Loving dogs to give Compton teens less trauma, more awws

Teen students train shelter dogs to help the dogs get adopted. The dogs help the students cope with the trauma of living in one of the most violent parts of L.A.

CSU faculty urge action on high counselor to student ratio

Faculty point to data they gathered that suggests all but three of the 23 campuses have ratios significantly higher than what’s recommended by experts.

Cal State using Smarter Balanced results for enrollment

California State University campuses are now using Smarter Balanced test scores to ensure incoming students are ready for college-level work.

Smarter Balanced test scores a bigger deal this time around

Scores were low last year on California's standardized tests of English and math. This year, educators will be looking closely for any improvement.

Inglewood schools lagging under state takeover, auditor says

Inglewood Unified has a new state administrator running the schools. Balancing the budget and turning around dropping student enrollment are his key tasks.

Compton teachers call in sick for second time in a week

Teachers in Compton have called in sick twice in one week as their union and the school district are at odds over a pay increase.

Nearly 1 in 4 Cal State students go hungry, new report says

Student hunger and homelessness is growing at the California State University campuses. Some campuses do a lot more than others to help.

Myriad challenges to improve Cal State graduation rates

A proposal by a state senator would freeze tuition for California State University students who pledge to finish their undergraduate degree in four years.