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

National study confirms California progress on achievement gap

A report out Tuesdauy by a national education think tank confirms California is making progress toward solving one of the most pervasive education problems in schools.

Southland reactions to new federal child nutrition legislation

Southland school districts welcomed the new federal child nutrition funding signed into law on Monday by President Barack Obama. For LA Unified, it means an extra $6 million a year for its school lunch program.

UCLA undocumented student on DREAM Act rollercoaster

One college student at UCLA had a hard time handling this week’s dramatic back-and-forth over the DREAM Act vote on Capitol Hill. The US House of Representatives approved the measure but the Senate postponed a vote. Approval would have meant legalization for her and many other undocumented young people across the country.

ACLU settles suit alleging improper student fees at California public schools

There’s a settlement today in a lawsuit that challenged California public schools that charge students for workbooks, science lab materials and gym class uniforms, among other items.

La Habra teachers walk off the job

The strike by La Habra City School District teachers to undo a 2 percent pay reduction and cuts to health care benefits will continue for a second day today. Teachers plan to show up in force at this afternoon’s school board meeting as well. About 90 percent of the district's 225 teachers walked picket lines yesterday. They’re the second group of Southland teachers to walk out this year over salary cuts.

Parents in Compton 1st to use new law to convert school to charter campus

Parents in the Compton Unified School District became the first in the state to use a new California law. It allows parents to petition school districts to convert low-performing campuses into charter schools.

New Capistrano Unified board sworn in after contentious recall

For years, the phrase “contentious school board politics” and Capistrano Unified have gone hand in hand. The school district in south Orange County swears in a new school board this evening at 6 p.m. Many people hope the friction will be a thing of the past.

Parents at Compton Unified try making McKinley Elementary a charter school

Parents in Compton Unified today took steps to switch a failing school to a charter school campus. They're the first to use a new law that lets parents petition their school district for changes at a failing school. The pro-charter group Parent Revolution guided the parents.

Report finds education disparities among Asian subgroups in California

A report released in Los Angeles today reveals what its authors call grave disparities in educational achievement between Asian-Americans, native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California.

New report finds high dropout rates among Asian subgroups in California

A new report commissioned by Southland State Assemblyman Mike Eng indicates big differences between the education achievement of Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

LAUSD employees protest layoffs outside school board meeting

Nearly 1,000 Los Angeles Unified School District employees, mostly clerks and custodians, are losing their jobs Wednesday. Many of them staged a protest outside LAUSD headquarters Tuesday evening as school board members met for their regular meeting.

Man runs clothing freebie box in Long Beach for 30 years

Thirty years ago a Long Beach building contractor created a literal door to kindness for people with less than he had.

LAUSD looks to adjust school calendar

The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering a slight shift in the school calendar that administrators say will render large dividends in learning.

More threats against UCLA animal research scientist Jentsch

Extremist opponents of animal research have stepped up their threats against UCLA psychiatry researcher David Jentsch. The threats call on him to stop using rodents and monkeys in lab experiments.

Former LAUSD Board president to lead large charter school company

Caprice Young, a former Los Angeles Unified School Board President, has agreed to a two-year contract to run the financially troubled ICEF Public Schools.