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

Tribute set Monday for LA playwright Lynn Manning

Manning died earlier this month of liver cancer at age 60. The event at the Los Angeles Theatre Center begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Arts instruction makes major comeback in Chula Vista schools

An elementary school district south of San Diego hired more than 60 new art teachers this summer. Sixteen teacher spots still remain open.

Back-to-school costs especially hard for arts teachers

One music teacher spent about $500 to get ready for today's first day back at Los Angeles Unified.

Public release of Common Core test scores pushed to September

The public will find out how California public school students fared in the new online exams aligned to the Common Core later than first anticipated.

Interest in opera flourishes in kids' SoCal summer camp

You wouldn't think opera would be on a kid's to-do list this summer, but for 55 aspiring singers, it's an out-of-body experience.

Teachers object as LAUSD expands arts instruction plan

To spread its resources, Los Angeles Unified plans to limit arts instruction in some schools to nine weeks each for subjects like music.

How LAUSD is keeping its best new teachers

LAUSD hired more than 900 teachers last year. Out of that group, they awarded 23 teachers, calling them "Rookies of the Year."

State schools plan adds urgency to addressing teacher shortage

California public schools superintendent Tom Torlakson released a blueprint on improving learning that sets his agenda for his current term.

UC revises sexual assault prevention requirements

The University of California on Thursday announced a revamping of its sexual assault and sexual violence prevention program.

One man's mission to get a California arts law enforced

In California, there’s a little-known law that requires arts instruction in schools. Most districts ignore it. One former principal is on a mission to change that.

5 questions with LAUSD's new school board president

LAUSD's newly elected school board president, Steve Zimmer, sat down with KPCC's Mary Plummer to talk about the superintendent search, the trouble-plagued student data system and problems with the district's food services division.

LAUSD board election lottery lands one man $25,000

A Huntington Park resident wins $25,000 in a lottery designed to increase voter turnout during the Los Angeles Unified school board runoff election in May.

Update: LAUSD summer grades issue now fixed in faulty data system

School administrators had said grades for those in summer school couldn't be retrieved from L.A. Unified's data system. The district says the problem is now fixed.

Los Angeles school district cancels event at Trump course

The LAUSD has cancelled a fundraiser at Donald Trump's golf course in Southern California because of his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.

Latest issues with LAUSD's MiSiS system impact Class of 2015

Seniors are finding errors in their transcripts produced by Los Angeles Unified's student data system that are affecting their graduation and college plans.