Mary Plummer Education Reporter
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
As a bill that could eliminate the high school exit exam moves through the Legislature, about 5,000 students across the state are stuck in limbo.
ACLU of Southern California is among the legal groups charging Los Angeles Unified has funneled more than $120 million away from the district's high-need students.
Several factors are creating a “perfect storm” that's accelerating California's teacher shortage and resulting in fewer credentialed teachers in some schools.
Attorneys for a LAUSD teacher say they intend to file a class-action lawsuit for those in so-called teacher jail and others they say have been denied due process.
Los Angeles Unified is under fire for removing Rafe Esquith, a popular and well-known teacher, from his classroom at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School.
Hundreds gathered in South L.A. for services, the first Sunday ceremonies since nine people were shot and killed at an A.M.E church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Whether you play the harmonica or saxophone, Sunday's Make Music Los Angeles festival has a venue for you, or you can listen for free.
After recession-era cuts in funding, arts education will get millions in new funding under the latest financial proposal before the Los Angeles Unified school board.
At Hawthorne High School, students in a math class spent weeks learning Common Core concepts — and producing a fashion show in the process.
The Los Angeles Unified School District board will vote next week on two policy changes that would make it easier for students to graduate from high school.
Some say Joan Scheckel is a master on par with famous acting coach Stanislavsky. Others say her teaching strategies hurt more than they help.
Expansion of a federally backed arts education program will pump resources into California schools with a focus on the state's youngest students.
Actress Alyson Reed will serve as the district's representative to build Los Angeles Unified's ties with film studios and others in the industry.
With several state droughts in the past 100 years, older Californians should have water-saving lessons down. So why do some kids say they are better at conservation?
A new study found all but two of the county’s school districts have partnerships with community arts organizations. Some experts say parents should ask questions.