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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
In recent years, financial problems and sub-par academic performance have plagued one of the oldest charter schools in the Southland. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that independent public school faces a school board vote tonight that will determine its future.
A former Los Angeles Unified School District employee entered a no-contest plea today to charges that he committed lewd acts with three underage girls and had sex with another. All were students at campuses where he’d worked. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
The long-running film program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art won’t fade to black after all. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says that $150,000 in donations from Time Warner Cable and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will allow LACMA to maintain the film program for at least another year.
In spite of strong opposition from its powerful teachers’ union, the seven-member Los Angeles Unified school board approved a plan yesterday to hand over control of about one-third of its schools to outside operators. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
The Los Angeles Unified School Board has approved a plan to turn over a third of schools in the district to outside operators. Six board members voted yes, only one voted no. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez followed the vote and discussed the outcome with All Things Considered host Alex Cohen.
The Los Angeles Unified school district is set to vote tomorrow on a measure that would transfer governance of about one-third of its schools to outside operators. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports that the plan’s main proponent, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, is stumping for the plan until the eleventh hour.
A pair of artists has created an exhibit out of the tension in Southern California between its concrete jungles and its wild animals. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
Public health officials today warned that the coming flu season may be worse than last year’s. How much worse will depend on the precautionary steps people take around kids.
Public health officials expect flu season to be worse this year.
The lawyer who’s advised Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on key policy issues for four years starts a new job today just six blocks from L.A. City Hall. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has this story about Thomas Saenz, the new president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Over four decades the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has won notable civil rights cases on behalf of large groups of Latinos. A new president and general counsel takes over tomorrow. He’s the fourth person in as many years to hold that job. Observers say instability in the group’s top position has held back the nation’s oldest and most successful Latino legal defense group during a key moment in Latino civil rights. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
A group of Pasadena teens set out today to tackle the city’s General Plan Update, an issue that usually only interests bureaucrats, developers, and city hall gadflies. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.
To help close a big funding gap, employees at all 23 California State University campuses must take two unpaid days off every month, many starting tomorrow. The president of one Southland campus told KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez that this couldn’t happen at a worse time.
L.A. Unified’s school board is voting on a major school reform measure in a couple of weeks. It would remove hundreds of public school campuses from school district administration and transfer control to groups and individuals who apply. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez attended a Los Angeles forum yesterday where L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stumped for the motion.
The stakes were high in the United States versus Mexico soccer match yesterday broadcast from Mexico City. Lots of Southland fans watched as Mexico beat the U.S. two goals to one. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez stayed on the sidelines as fans at one Los Angeles restaurant cheered on.