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

Cal State's remedial program isn't helping students

Nearly 25,000 incoming freshmen enrolled in California State University's remedial summer program in 2016. The program is called Early Start.

Community college remedial program 'broken,' advocates say

Most California community college students are placed in remedial education classes — but researchers say the way that decision is made is mostly inaccurate.

Teaching kids soft social skills

More and more schools are integrating the teaching of skills like perseverance and empathy in academic lessons such as math and English.

Community colleges fund a college pipeline for foster youth

California has more than 60,000 foster youth. About 3 percent go on to earn college degrees. Three community colleges are targeting 9th graders for help.

Cal State Northridge students protest Border Patrol recruiters on campus

Students said university officials talked out of both sides of their mouths, vowing to protect undocumented students then inviting Border Patrol recruiters.

Lawyers object to Calif. school districts collecting citizenship info

On enrollment forms, some school districts ask for students' U.S. citizenship, Social Security numbers, and whether they were born in another country.

USC professors push campus to lead in Trump resistance

USC faculty say Trump's immigration policies will hurt U.S. higher education because they send the message that foreigners are not welcome in this country.

School layoffs planned in several school districts

Some school districts sent hundreds of layoff notices to staff. Enrollment drops are hurting funding for most school districts, some more severely than others.

New school evaluation tool includes non-academic data

California's new School Dashboard uses color coding, from blue to red, and pie charts to show school performance, using academic and non-academic indicators.

Inglewood schools officials fight Green Dot charter

Approving a new charter high school in Inglewood, school officials say, would heighten segregation of English learners, learning disabled, and black students.

Campaign to reach undocumented college students pays off

Amid concerns that federal officials would tap into their information, a record number of undocumented students apply for state financial aid.

Tears, laughter shed at funeral for slain Whittier officer

The services for 53-year-old Whittier Officer Keith Lane Boyer will begin Friday morning with a memorial at Calvary Chapel in Downey.

Sacramento wants to protect student data from ICE

Lawmakers want to lock student data from federal immigration agents, but a court order could give federal officials access to the information.

Schools in affluent areas call Brown's budget inadequate

Leaders in six school districts, including South Pasadena and Manhattan Beach, say Brown's plan won't make up for extra money they have to pay for employee pensions.

College graduation initiatives criticized in state report

The 23-campus California State University is asking for more than double this year's state funding next fiscal year to pay for its Graduation Initiative.