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
A new study finds that students instructed with hand gestures performed better on tests than students instructed with speech only.
Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in community-based work, debuts "Lunch Lady Courage" at the Los Angeles High School of the Arts.
President Barack Obama has signed the spending bill that reinstates the military's tuition assistance program into law, but troops remain without the benefit.
Earlier this month, the military suspended its decades-old tuition assistance due to sequestration. Today, Congress voted to restore the program.
Former Iraqi translator Tariq Abu Khumra fled Baghdad after working for the US military. Ten years after the war began, he makes a new life for himself in California. He doesn't know when he'll see his family again.
How much TV are kids watching -- and what's the impact? This graphic breaks it down.
Southern California is seeing an increase in the stranded sea lion pups -- and scientists aren’t sure exactly what's causing it.
The Army's Tuition Assistance program, which has been around since the late 1940s, was suspended on Friday. The move cuts hundreds of millions in education funding to soldiers.
After nearly $6 million in spending, Steve Zimmer and Monica Garcia kept their seats, while a third race will be decided by a runoff.
A 911 call in Bakersfield has drawn international attention after an 87-year-old died needing CPR.
A 911 call in Bakersfield has drawn international attention after an elderly woman died when staffers at her independent living facility refused to administer CPR last Tuesday.
A new survey out today finds that teachers have received little training on the Common Core State Standards.
Next week Los Angeles voters will head to the polls to choose school board members in three of the seven LAUSD districts. In the northeast San Fernando Valley, one man's spending power is crushing his opposition.
Add former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee to the list of out of towners weighing in on the LAUSD school board race--financially speaking.
Thousands of people gathered Wednesday morning for the funeral of Riverside police officer Michael Crain. He died last week in an ambush, allegedly by Christopher Dorner.