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

Teacher still on the mobile music bus after three decades

It’s the middle of the day. It’s hot. East San Gabriel Valley hot. On a curb outside Blandford Elementary School a parked bus, painted sky-blue, seems to pulsate as you open the door and walk up the steps.

LAUSD moves to close 6 charter schools after cheating scandal

In an unprecedented move, the Los Angeles Unified school board is set to close down six charter schools involved in a test cheating scandal last year. The board’s convening a public hearing on the proposal today.

Noted LACMA curator Virginia Fields dies suddenly from diabetes complications

Virginia Fields has died unexpectedly. She was a noted curator at the L.A. County Museum of Art whose exhibitions traveled around the country.

Orange County Assemblyman Solorio holds education summit

A high community college dropout rate is one topic on tap for a summit an Orange County assemblyman’s organized for this week.

Ex-'Spider-Man' director Julie Taymor in LA to talk about show

Three months after producers fired her as director of Broadway’s $65 million musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Julie Taymor is set to talk about the experience for the first time at a Los Angeles theater conference on Saturday. The talk, which is not open to the public, will be hosted by Roger Copeland, an Oberlin College theater professor.

Leader of Orange Unified's science program retires

After 35 years of teaching, Orange Unified's Peg Benzie retires this summer. For more than a decade she's played a key role in her school district's successful science program.

Los Angeles, Orange County campuses have 2 slots in new charter school quality report

Los Angeles County’s 200 charter schools are the biggest concentration, by far, in California. One L.A. County charter made it onto the top 10 list in a new report released Wednesday that examines the quality of charters in the state.

Dual-language schools lure students, parents back to LA Unified

For years, middle- and upper-middle-class parents in parts of Los Angeles Unified have sent their children to private schools, charter schools and schools outside the district. However, a nascent dual-language program is attracting some of them back to neighborhood schools. District administrators voted Tuesday to protect hundreds of dual-language teachers from being let go in the hope that the trickle of returning parents will develop into a stream.

LAUSD moves to protect dual-language teachers from layoffs

The L.A. Unified School District voted Tuesday to protect its dual language program teachers from layoffs.

Former LAUSD superintendent Ramon Cortines reluctant to accept naming honor

Some parents of students at L.A. Unified’s new arts high school are upset that the school board’s moving forward with plans to name the campus after recently retired superintendent Ramon Cortines. The school board’s set to approve the naming Tuesday.

Cal State Los Angeles grad/boxing mom to get diploma after 12 years

It’s taken 12 years for one Southland college student to reach her bachelor’s degree graduation ceremony tomorrow. During that time she’s been down for the count but has never thought about throwing in the towel.

Lincoln High School student gets second chance to graduate

Many people who drop out of high school don’t get a second chance to participate in graduation ceremonies and obtain a diploma. One Los Angeles teen who fought for that opportunity will realize it today and she credits the self-confidence and leadership skills she learned through a campus art club.

New study funded by LAUSD board allies supports current reforms

A new study out today by the National Council on Teacher Quality supports some of Los Angeles Unified’s policies to improve teaching.

Top leaders of California state teacher credentialing group step down

After a blistering audit of their agency, two top leaders of the California commission that revokes teachers’ credentials said Thursday they’re stepping down.

East Los Angeles musician Ruben Guevara celebrates 50-year recording career

He's not a household name, but East L.A. singer/songwriter Ruben Guevara has been a key figure on the southern California music scene for 50 years. He's sung with Frank Zappa, composed film scores, and written about the Doo wop, R&B, and rock created by southern California's Latino musicians. He’s also been an important influence for many of those musicians. And Guevara recently marked his 50th anniversary in the music business with a new CD.