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

Digital media project links university and Indian tribes

Mentorship, advocates say, is the biggest challenge to success for California's American Indian youth. A new media project tries to help.

California doesn't offer dance, theater teaching credentials

People who've studied dance or theater in college must earn credentials in PE or English to teach their preferred subject in California public schools.

Students criticize Cal State tuition increase proposal

Some Cal State trustees say an automatic student tuition increase would help students plan their budgets during their college careers.

New superintendent visits schools, hears and misses issues

New L.A. Unified Superintendent Michelle King visited 12 campuses during her first two weeks on the job. She heard substantive issues during some visits.

New LAUSD leader Michelle King says she'll 'listen, learn and activate'

In an interview with KPCC, the new L.A. schools leader pledged to work toward 100 percent graduation, balance the budget and combat a "waning of the public trust."

Director named for nonprofit to promote charter expansion plan

Myrna Castrejón will lead Great Public Schools Now, which launched in November by the backers of a plan to rapidly promote the growth of charter schools in L.A.

LA Unified offers new superintendent $350,000 contract

New L.A. Unified superintendent Michelle King will earn a $350,000 salary. Her 29-month contract renews automatically if the board doesn't terminate it.

LAUSD board appoints Michelle King new superintendent

King, 54, has served as the district's chief deputy superintendent since October 2014. She has worked in the district since 1984.

LAUSD scrambles to relocate Porter Ranch students

LAUSD's facilities, food service, transportation, and other divisions have worked the last three weeks to relocate students from two Porter Ranch schools.

LAUSD teachers union challenges 'unnecessary' tests

One South L.A. teacher said LAUSD required her fifth graders to take more than two dozen tests so far this year. But the district says they're not asking too much.

Finalist in LAUSD superintendent search pulls out

L.A. Unified's board of education has conducted first and second interviews in the last month in its search for a new superintendent.

New exams, new approach to test practicing in SoCal schools

To measure student readiness, some teachers use practice tests for the upcoming standardized tests. Other teachers say effective teaching is enough preparation.

Educators focusing on tech problems with standardized tests

One teacher said students taking standardized tests last year had problems with keyboards, logging into the system, and wifi crashes.

Muslim students find hostility, curiosity in their schools

Muslim students are having a range of experiences at schools, from name calling to support and sympathy.

LAUSD passes resolution to relocate Porter Ranch students

The school board unanimously passed the resolution, which would temporarily relocate almost 1,900 students from the two schools affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak.