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

UTLA pulls two school board endorsements

A month before a key Los Angeles Unified school board election, United Teachers Los Angeles has pulled its endorsement of two candidates it had already spent more than $70,000 to help elect.

Los Angeles painter depicts drug cartel women

The drug cartel violence in Mexico and Colombia has inspired one Los Angeles artist to create a series of large paintings she plans to exhibit this spring. The work depicts the lives of some women who’ve become involved with notorious drug cartel leaders.

Long Beach Unified prepares to send out 621 preliminary layoff notices to teachers

Administrators at the Long Beach Unified School District say proposed budget cuts are likely to force the district in the next month to send out more than 600 Reduction In Force notices to employees with teaching credentials.

Long Beach Unified administrators move forward with cuts

Administrators at L.A. County’s second largest school district expect to move forward at their meeting Tuesday with their largest budget cuts to date.

'Parent Trigger' schools process challenged in Compton

Thursday was the second and last day school district officials in Compton were verifying signatures parents collected to radically overhaul a low-performing public school in the district under the state’s new “Parent Trigger” law. The officials’ process has drawn strong criticism by the group that helped parents gather the signatures.

LA Unified reconstitutes another low-performing school - Belmont High

The Los Angeles Unified School District has moved to reconstitute another low performing high school. It's the 8-year-old Belmont High School just west of downtown L.A.

Cal State trustees begin budget cuts process

For the first time since Gov. Jerry Brown announced $500,000 million in proposed cuts to the California State University, trustees of the system began the budget-cutting process Tuesday at their scheduled meeting in Long Beach.

Korean ambassador stumps in LA for free trade agreement

South Korea’s ambassador to the United States, Han Duk-soo, says a proposed free trade agreement between the two countries would create 70,000 jobs in the U.S. The trade proposal - still to be approved by Congress - has supporters and detractors in organized labor.

Big players silent on LA Unified endorsements

In a month-and-a-half, voters within L.A. Unified’s wide boundaries will be asked to cast ballots for four of the seven seats on the school district board of education. Observers say the result could radically shift the way the massive school district carries out its reforms. Others say that the campaigns have been particularly quiet for such a high-profile race.

Education researchers begin to piece together effects of California budget cuts

Education researchers are beginning to piece together the effects of the state’s fiscal crisis on schools. One study out today examines money that goes mainly to low-performing schools.

LA Unified officials say policies not adhered to in Gardena gun incident

Incoming L.A. Unified superintendent John Deasy said Wednesday that administrators at Gardena High School did not follow a long-standing weapons search policy Tuesday when a student brought a gun to campus. The gun discharged, apparently accidentally, and seriously injured two students.

Community calls for, against upped security in wake of Gardena High schooting

Los Angeles Unified School District officials leave it up to each campus to carry out daily random searches with metal detectors. District administrators on Tuesday didn't perform those checks when a 17-year-old boy brought a gun to Gardena High School in his backpack.

Student in custody after gun discharges at Gardena High School, injuring 2 students

Two students are in the hospital and one is in custody after a weapon fired, apparently accidentally, at Gardena High School yesterday.

Student in custody after gun goes off at Gardena High School injuring two students

Two Gardena High School students are in the hospital Tuesday — one in critical condition — after a gun discharged in their health class. Los Angeles Unified School District Police Chief Steve Zipperman told reporters in an afternoon briefing that a 17-year-old boy carried the firearm to school in a backpack.

Police believe Gardena High School shooting an accident; student in custody

Hundreds of Gardena High School students are home safe Tuesday evening after their campus was on lockdown after a gun fired in a classroom. Two students were injured by the bullet, one critically.