Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter
Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was a reporter on SCPR's education team, and an associate producer for Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show.
Mary 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.
Mary 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. 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
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.
Seven students, the entire first-year MFA class at the USC Roski School of Art and Design, contend the terms of their tuition aid and curriculum were changed.
Performance psychologist Don Greene takes his work with professional athletes and applies it to student musicians. He has some surprising advice for their parents.
Los Angeles City College is set to get a $2 million gift from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the largest donation made by that organization.
The Anaheim City School District is partnering with the city's mayor this week to announce a goal to offer music instruction to all of its 19,000 students.
A new report out gives a first-time glimpse at how nonprofits and others are providing art classes at schools across Los Angeles County, and there are gaps.
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified announced that students' winning patch designs will be sent to the International Space Station. A student experiment is also space-bound.
Though California arts education generally fared well since the 2007-2008 school year, some measures show declines, a new report shows.