Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Steven Sample to step down from USC president post

After a nearly 20-year tenure that saw improvements in academics, finances, and sports, Steven Sample announced Monday he will retire before fall of next year.

SoCal arts groups get trickle of federal stimulus funds

The federal government says its economic stimulus package from earlier this year saved or created more than 600,000 jobs. A small portion of those funds went to arts organizations, including some in the Southland that used the money to save jobs.

Day of the Dead newest US holiday, new book argues

The Day of the Dead, the Latin American observance that takes place Monday, hasn’t displaced Halloween in the U.S. However, a scholar argues in a new book that the observance is becoming this country’s newest holiday.

LA Unified substitute teachers protest over job losses

Dozens of long-time substitute teachers protested outside Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters Tuesday. They're angry about a deal struck a few months ago between teachers union leaders and district administrators that gives priority for substitute teaching jobs to about 2,000 beginning teachers the district had laid off.

Departure of LA Unified school construction chief causes concern

Guy Mehula, the chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District's highly successful school construction program, has retired.

UCLA animal researchers step up efforts against protesters

Scientists at UCLA are stepping up their campaign against violent extremists and others who say there’s no human benefit from experiments on animals.

Furloughs shutter academics at CSU Fullerton

About 2,000 California State University Fullerton professors are taking unpaid days off three days this week, starting Tuesday. Severe budget cuts at all Cal State campuses are forcing all employees to take furlough days. Most other campuses are spreading out or staggering furlough days.

LA Unified 'recovers' high school dropouts

Several hundred Los Angeles Unified School District administrators and other employees worked the phones for a day Monday and visited door-to-door in search of truants and dropouts. Their aim was to persuade those young people back into classrooms.

California State University flooded with fall 2010 applications

The CSU system began accepting applications online this month for fall admission next year. University administrators say it’s been like opening a floodgate. Since October 1st, Cal State received more than 100,000 applications for roughly 90,000 openings in the fall of next year. That’s about twice as many applications as it got in the same period last year.

United Teachers Los Angeles urged to sue to stop schools handover

A law firm hired by the the union that represents Los Angeles Unified School District teachers advised the union to file suit to a policy that would allow outside groups to take over governance of more than 200 school district campuses.

Assemblyman Torrico tells CSU Dominguez Hills to halt program cuts plan

At a boisterous campus rally on Wednesday, California Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico called on CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred Garcia to end a plan that could lead to the elimination of academic programs and majors if the campus undergoes state budget cuts next year.

Only prosthetics education program in California expands

While most of the campus endures budget cuts, one academic program at California State University Dominguez Hills began the school year in a much larger facility thanks to a partnership with the Veterans Administration hospital in Long Beach. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says it’s the state’s only academic training program for people who fit artificial limbs and braces.

State assemblyman pushes oil tax for college funding

The majority leader of the state assembly says he’ll reintroduce a proposal to tax California oil producers in order to generate sorely needed funds for public colleges. More on the story from KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

Gustavo Dudamel to conduct inaugural Disney Hall concert

First came the picnic; the formal sit-down dinner is next. Five days after a free concert for 18,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl, Gustavo Dudamel is set to conduct the orchestra at his inaugural concert as L.A. Philharmonic Music Director at Disney Hall Thursday. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more on the orchestral season opener.

State senator urges LA City College president to back off student newspaper

A California state senator is now backing editors of the campus newspaper at Los Angeles City College in a struggle with administrators. The newspaper says the college cut its budget in retaliation for articles critical of administrators. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.