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

Meet East LA's El Haru Kuroi

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez crashes a rehearsal by El Haru Kuroi, an East L.A. band with musical roots in Mexico, South America, and Africa.

Cal State freshmen behind in math, English

More than 40 percent of Cal State entering freshmen can't do college level math, English or both. They end up in remediation classes.

Deadline nears for LA Schools board seat election

Tuesday is the last day to file. Eight candidates have already announced their intent to run in the June 3rd special election for L.A. Unified's district 1.

LAO: Reject Gov. Brown's college funding plan

Gov. Brown is proposing a $1.2 billion funding increase for public colleges next fiscal year, but the legislative analyst's office wants funding goals.

First student takes stand in trial over teacher protections

Teacher effectiveness is on trial in a Los Angeles courtroom. The case is called Vergara v. California and student plaintiffs began testifying Monday.

Local teens turn Constitution learning into team sport

At Arcadia High, learning the U.S. Constitution is cool. The school's Constitution Team has won the national championship two times.

California task force warns of crisis in civics education

The group says public schools have done away with civics education in recent years as mandatory testing has forced educators to focus on math and English.

Remembering civil rights hero Fred Korematsu

Korematsu unsuccessfully fought internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. His conviction was overturned in 1983 and he became a civil rights hero.

LA schools chief: Doing 'good job' firing bad teachers

Vergara v. California trial centers on whether five teacher job protection laws shelter bad teachers and lead to students not getting an adequate education.

Lawyers challenge California teacher protections in trial

California teacher job protections are on trial in an LA County courtroom. The case is called Vergara v. State of California.

Trial to challenge job protections for Calif. teachers

L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy is expected to be the first witness on the stand in a trial claiming teacher protections violate students' rights.

'The Simpsons' inspires KPCC reporter to ask, 'What's in a name'?

A funny thing happened to KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez a few weeks ago: He heard his name turned into a brief joke on the Simpsons.

UPDATED: MOCA names Philippe Vergne new museum director

Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art named Philippe Vergne its new museum director late Wednesday evening. He will succeed Jeffrey Deitch, who resigned Sept. 1.

Assemblyman wants to curb data collection by local agencies

Assemblyman Gatto believes public agencies such as school districts should destroy student social media data they've collected after monitoring.

Governor's $10 billion education increase wins fans

But it didn't please everyone. Public schools would get $61.6 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal year under the governor’s plan, which requires legislative approval.