Mary Plummer Education Reporter

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Mary Plummer is a reporter on SCPR's education team, covering arts education. Before joining the beat she was an associate producer for Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show.

Plummer began her career in broadcast at ABC News in London, where she worked on TV stories for the network’s news lineup and regularly covered Europe for ABCNews.com.

Plummer has a master's degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she won the Richard T. Baker Award for multimedia reporting. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Chapman University and was the editor in chief of her campus newspaper. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times, PBS/THIRTEEN and the Yomiuri Shimbun. Plummer grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.


Stories by Mary Plummer

South Pasadena shooting plot: Students 'wanted to kill as many people as possible'

Police said Tuesday that two students, one 17 and one 16, “confirmed very cold-heartedly in the investigation” that they were planning a shooting at the school.

Large classes, delays as LA schools' tech system hiccups

Los Angeles Unified teachers were told not to use the district's new grading and attendance recording system until problems were resolved.

Teachers meet new LA schools arts leader

Superintendent John Deasy recruited well-known arts educator Rory Pullens from Washington, D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He lays out his goals for KPCC.

Raises make Beverly Hills teachers among best paid in US

The Beverly Hills Unified School Board unanimously approved multi-year raises the union says will make its teachers among the highest paid in U.S. and L.A. County.

Top LA arts high school searches for new principal

The L.A. County High School for the Arts will start the year with an interim principal, following George Simpson's resignation. He'd led the school since 2008.

After school arts tries to fill a void, but is it enough?

For some Los Angeles Unified students, the only arts instruction happens after school. Educators say it's better than nothing — but brings its own challenges.

New CalArts residency transforms artists into teachers

Teaching artists are frequently used in public schools to infuse arts education with instruction from actual artists. But does the model hinder student learning?

State of the arts: LA school-by-school access

A KPCC analysis of Los Angeles Unified's arts access found 87 percent of the district's elementary schools won't offer all four art forms as required by state law.

JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story, fans lose minds

A 1,500-word story posted on the author's Pottermore website is the first update since "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was published in 2007.

Can art help students learn science?

Arts integration is a teaching method that teaches two subjects at once. LA Unified administrators plan to invest nearly $9 million in the strategy in coming years.

6 key facts about arts access at LA elementary schools

Administrators have detailed proposed arts access for elementary students. Which areas get most access? Which schools are cutting back? Find out here.

Arts ed advocate nominated to head LA cultural affairs

Mayor Garcetti has nominated Danielle Brazell, executive director of Arts for LA. She'll start the job in August if confirmed by the City Council.

OC arts high school to build $20M center

The new 60,000 square-foot facility will include 14 dance studios and seven science labs. The elite school attracts students from across the state.

Confusion reigns as LA schools flip-flop arts plans

Teachers at some schools were told their arts classes had been cut. Now a district spokesperson says they'll get one semester of arts. What will next week bring?

After two decades, arts standards for schools revamped

The new national arts standards for schools are the first revamp since 1994. They encourage sequential arts instruction, building on concepts year on year.