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

Michael Jackson's LA session musicians remember

Producer Quincy Jones called on some of the top session musicians in the business to work on Michael Jackson’s albums. And much of that work took place in Los Angeles. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez talked to some of those musicians and has this story.

LA Unified and unions still at odds over cuts

As she cast a vote in favor of budget cuts and employee layoffs on Tuesday, L.A. Unified’s board president said she hoped the tone between school district administrators and labor unions would change. As KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Struggling San Gabriel Valley school district pushes parcel tax

San Gabriel Valley voters are the latest to consider passage of a parcel tax to raise money for their struggling school district. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports there’s a notable difference from similar efforts around Southern California.

LA Unified school board approves layoffs, budget cuts

On a 5-2 vote on Tuesday the Los Angeles Unified school board approved more than a billion and a half dollars in budget cuts for the next several years. The cuts include the layoff, effective next week, of more than 4,000 employees, more than half of those teachers. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA Unified school board to vote on massive budget cuts

The Los Angeles Unified School Board has scheduled a meeting today at 1 in the afternoon. Its outcome could change the school district for years to come. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

LA's Hammer Museum previews upcoming shows

The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles gave a preview of upcoming exhibits – and KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was there.

Westwood's Hammer Museum unveils upcoming exhibits

Officials at Westwood's Hammer Museum today previewed the contemporary art museum's upcoming exhibits.

LA Unified set to take final vote on budget cuts

After months of deliberation, Los Angeles Unified School District board members are set to vote tomorrow on cuts that’ll add up to nearly $900 million for the coming fiscal year. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

LA schools chief says parcel tax only way to balance LA Unified budget

Los Angeles Unified schools chief Ramon Cortines said today that a parcel tax on next year’s ballot might be the only way to balance the district’s budget in the coming years.

Muslim high school grad praised as 'peacemaker'

The students at many Los Angeles high schools are a rich ethnic mosaic. But at some campuses, that mosaic shatters into jagged pieces. It was like that at one San Fernando Valley school – but an 18-year-old high school student helped put the pieces back together again. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has her story.

Humor profs turn CSULB into Comedy Central

Cal State Long Beach is “Comedy Central” for the next three days. The campus is hosting humor scholars from around the world as part of the 21st International Society for Humor Studies conference.

Study finds that charter schools quality varies

A new study of charter schools in 16 states, including California, finds that the vast majority of those independent public schools are not doing much better than their traditional counterparts.

Education advocates push to make parcel taxes easier to approve

Several school districts are holding elections this month on whether to let voters approve taxes on parcels of land to fund public schools. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says education advocates are pushing changes in Sacramento to make it easier for these kinds of measures to pass.

Several hundred people attend LA arts town hall

Several hundred people attending a Los Angeles arts town hall today heard encouraging words about the outlook for Southland cultural organizations.

High school grad seeks college degree toward pop stardom

Arts educators say this year’s high school graduations include more students interested in the performing arts than ever. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez introduces a Southland graduating senior who’s decided to pursue a new type of college degree that she hopes will start her on the road to pop music stardom.