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

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

Teaching tips: How to make the last 2 weeks of school memorable

For many, the end of the school year is just a few weeks away. This compilation of teaching tips will help you get the most out of the last few weeks.

Kids compete for art funding for their schools

L.A. Unified students to compete in elephant artwork contest for a chance to win money for their schools' art departments.

New school to be named after Mexican artist

L.A. Unified's Board of Education approved naming a school after Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The decision flew so low under the radar that even the school didn't seem to know about it.

Famed art program doesn't save school from cuts

Teacher Rafe Esquith celebrates his 30th anniversary this year. But the notoriety of his student Shakespeare program hasn’t spared his school from arts program cuts.

Bjork to bring her children's art program to LA

Singer Bjork will bring her kids art program to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The event will be free and open to the public.

For Pasadena school, arts plus math is really adding up

A Pasadena elementary school uses art to teach third graders addition, subtraction and long division. An advocacy group wants to expand the program across the state.

Mega student talent show heads to Paramount Studios

More than 3,000 students are expected to attend Los Angeles Unified School District's Take Action talent show on Saturday at Paramount Studios.

Pasadena tries krump to lure young dancers (photos, video)

The Pasadena Dance Festival features krump dancing as its headlining act. Organizers hope the street dance will inspire young people to stay engaged in the arts. See photos and videos.

Sylmar High science teachers: We can't afford new criteria (Photos)

Science teachers said they're excited about hands-on teaching. But how will the cash-strapped school pay for the necessary supplies? The first of two stories looking at science in the schools.

Life-changing scholarship awarded to 5 Paramount seniors

Five students at Paramount High School were selected as Gates Millennium Scholars. That many awards for the minority scholarship are rare.

Public comment period begins for new K-12 science standards

The California Department of Education has scheduled three meetings to gather feedback on curriculum standards that could be adopted in November.

LAUSD summer enrichment programs reduced again

The district is cutting its summer enrichment programming to 160 schools. The free activities for elementary and middle school students include art, music and drama.

K-12 science education standards get revamp, include evolution, climate change

New K-12 science standards developed by 26 states were released today. New standards call for more hand-on learning, less rote memorization.

Yo-Yo Ma to advocate for arts education

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma participates in the 26th annual "Arts Advocacy Day" in Washington, D.C. You can join a Google hangout or tweet questions to Ma.

Giants of K-12 textbook industry face new playing field

Changes to curriculum represent a major shift in K-12 education in the U.S. How will textbooks and educational materials producers keep up?