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

Successes in Garden Grove Unified School District

The Garden Grove Unified School District won the $500,000 Broad Prize for Urban Education. What is the district doing right?

Plan for School at Ambassador Hotel Unveiled

LAUSD officials unveil their plans to preserve certain parts of the Ambassador Hotel while building three schools there.

It's SAT Time Again

As high school seniors prepare to take the SAT, the debate continues over such things as cultural bias and tutors.

Do School Uniforms Improve Student Performance?

As more public schools adopt uniforms, we examine their effectiveness in Long Beach Unified, which ten years ago became the first district in the nation to adopt them.

Should County Offices of Education be Spared the Budget Knife?

County offices of education say a proposal to eliminate many of them could threaten imporatnt programs they run.

Latin "Alternative" Bands Fight For Fans, Airwaves

They're often ignored by record companies and radio programmers, but dozens of bands that mix hip-hop and Latin rhythms won't give up the dream of success. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez visits the Latin Alternative Music Conference in LA.

Governor Settles ACLU School Lawsuit

In a break from the Davis Administration, Governor Schwarzenegger has settled a lawsuit over run-down schools by pledging millions in state money for repairs and textbooks.

The King of "Pachuco Boogie" Remembered

Bandleader Don Tosti - who blended Latin jazz, blues and boogie into LA's "Pachuco" sound - has died at 81. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman Lopez celebrates Tosti's musicial invention.

"Inventing Race"

They look like colorful depictions of life in 18th century Mexico. But a closer look at the "casta" paintings in a recent LA exhibition reveal warnings against mixing the races.

Budget Deal Opens Space at UC, CSU

Lawmakers and higher education honchos congratulated themselves Friday for winning slots for more students at the University of California and the California State University.

A Teacher Follows His Religious Beliefs

The tale of an LA public school teacher who switches to a private Christian school so he can integrate the Bible into his teaching.

Bodies on Display at the California Science Center

From now until January, you can see German doctor Gunther Von Hagens' unusual exhibit of preserved and dissected human bodies at the California Science Center.

Police Beating Stirs Anger in South L.A.

The videotaped police beating of a suspect has triggered new anger for some African-Americans.

Belmont Learning Complex Finally Approved

The LA school board approves the environmental impact report for the long-delayed Belmont Learning Complex high school, which will now be called Vista Hermosa.

Fear in Wake of Inland Empire Immigrant Sweeps

Recent immigration sweeps in Corona and other communities have spread fear among legal and illegal immigrants.