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

Pasadena sued over special education school

While most schools have moved away from segregating special education students, Pasadena relies on a separate campus for some students with disabilities.

California court to rule on suit to scrap K-12 funding system

The lawsuit argues that California's public school funding system should be driven by how much college readiness costs.

LAUSD's charter schools conflict escalates

United Teachers Los Angeles could use millions of dollars from a new member-dues increase to challenge pro-charter school school board members.

Is LAUSD unfairly rejecting charter school applications?

Charter school supporters said LAUSD's school board approved 89 percent of the charter petitions it received in 2013 while that approval rate fell by half this year.

Parents won't give LAUSD a second chance to improve school

The group Parent Revolution has helped parents at six LAUSD schools use California's parent trigger law to make changes at their schools.

State lawmakers pitch 3 ideas to combat teacher shortage

State legislators unveiled three proposals on Tuesday aimed at better recruiting and supporting new teachers to help address a shortage.

Many more California students approved to get free lunch

California officials now match social welfare data with student data to automatically enroll students in free lunch programs.

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.