Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter

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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

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

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.

UC program eases transfers for community college students

Under a new program, community college students will get help to transfer to University of California campuses and complete their degrees within two years.

Some SoCal students can't graduate due to exit exam hold up

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.

Lawsuit says LAUSD short-changing neediest students

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.

Shortage could land more teacher interns, subs in classrooms

Several factors are creating a “perfect storm” that's accelerating California's teacher shortage and resulting in fewer credentialed teachers in some schools.

Esquith lawyers plan class-action suit to challenge teacher jail

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.

Hobart teacher investigation expected to conclude by August

Los Angeles Unified is under fire for removing Rafe Esquith, a popular and well-known teacher, from his classroom at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School.

In South LA, anger, sadness in wake of Charleston shootings

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.