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

Science camp empowers ‘invisible’ foster and homeless girls

Students who are homeless or in foster care have low graduation rates. A summer science camp seeks to give them the support they need to succeed.

New trustee wants Inglewood schools back under local control in 4 years

The new state trustee brings the widest range of educational experience of any trustee since the school district was taken over in 2012.

LA Unified administrator to head troubled Inglewood schools

A longtime Southern California school leader will take on a task that four others haven't been able to do: stop student enrollment declines at Inglewood Unified.

USC med school dean alleged to be hardcore drug user

Some faculty say USC hasn't done enough to calm anxieties about allegations that its former med school dean abused drugs, but the claims are unlikely to hurt fundraising.

UC may now ask for letters of recommendation

UC campuses may now ask some applicants to submit letters of recommendation. Educators say that may favor students in schools with more resources.

Teacher training is key to bilingual education

L.A. Unified is adding 16 new bilingual education programs. As other school districts add programs too educators say bilingual teacher training needs to improve.

University of California wants more in-state students

University of California admission offers are up, and officials say they'll meet their goal to enroll more California residents.

There's new summer college aid, but will students get it?

The federal Pell grant is not available for college students taking summer classes. The goal is to help students get ahead and graduate faster.

Research says student well-being is higher in diverse schools

Students in ethnically and racially diverse schools do more to bridge differences. Researchers say that leads to fewer feelings of loneliness, insecurity.

California State University could ax remedial placement test

The Cal State placement test, used to decide on remedial classes, could be a thing of the past. Now administrators could use other measures, like grades.

Teens in anti-gambling program gather in Anaheim

About 10 percent of youth have gambling problems while about four percent of adults have problems controlling their gambling.

Community college vote could squeeze out local businesses

Administrators at the L.A. Community College District say the current ad hoc system means food service and quality isn't what it needs to be.

California schools' test scores, other data goes mobile

California school officials have built an app to make California school data accessible on a mobile phone, though geo-location.

Cal State LA to close spring admissions for 3rd year

Too many qualified fall applicants mean the university can't afford to allow new students in the spring, hurting community college transfer students.

Big funding disparities at developmental disability centers

California funds 21 regional centers that treat people with developmental disabilities such as epilepsy and autism. Wide funding gaps exist.