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
On the morning of May 6, 1940, South Pasadena Junior High School Principal Verlin Spencer went on a shooting spree that left five dead and one injured. Here is his route based on police and witness reports.
New numbers suggest LAUSD officials vastly underestimated the number of students facing problems from the district's new digital enrollment system.
One of Los Angeles County's largest homeless camp cleanups in recent years will continue on Tuesday, dismantling between 17 and 20 dwellings near South Pasadena.
L.A. Unified school board members meet Tuesday in the first public meeting since the superintendent began facing a rush of questions about his iPad program.
The Kennedy Center finds students who had the arts mixed into other subjects — a model favored by L.A. Unified — showed increased creativity and engagement.
Police said Tuesday that two students, one 17 and one 16, “confirmed very cold-heartedly in the investigation” that they were planning a shooting at the school.
Los Angeles Unified teachers were told not to use the district's new grading and attendance recording system until problems were resolved.
Superintendent John Deasy recruited well-known arts educator Rory Pullens from Washington, D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He lays out his goals for KPCC.
The Beverly Hills Unified School Board unanimously approved multi-year raises the union says will make its teachers among the highest paid in U.S. and L.A. County.
The L.A. County High School for the Arts will start the year with an interim principal, following George Simpson's resignation. He'd led the school since 2008.
For some Los Angeles Unified students, the only arts instruction happens after school. Educators say it's better than nothing — but brings its own challenges.
Teaching artists are frequently used in public schools to infuse arts education with instruction from actual artists. But does the model hinder student learning?
A KPCC analysis of Los Angeles Unified's arts access found 87 percent of the district's elementary schools won't offer all four art forms as required by state law.
A 1,500-word story posted on the author's Pottermore website is the first update since "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was published in 2007.
Arts integration is a teaching method that teaches two subjects at once. LA Unified administrators plan to invest nearly $9 million in the strategy in coming years.