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
While state law requires school districts to give students access to music, dance, theater and visual arts instruction, a KPCC survey found that few can afford it.
Grants HQ aims to help L.A. Unified teachers beef up limited government funding by securing outside grants for new projects.
More than 2,000 students are expected to attend LAUSD's Arts Fest event in downtown Los Angeles Saturday. Some teachers say they'd prefer art shows at school sites.
About 90 students gathered at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica for an audition with Boston Ballet. We take you inside the summer program auditions.
A group of 19 students from the Academy of Music at Hamilton High School performed the hit song "on stage at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday: "It was a dream."
Arts teachers cry foul over officials' plan cut elementary kids' musical instrument lessons from a full year to just one semester to squeeze in more schools.
A Los Angeles Unified administrator unveiled an arts education budget for the district that will boost funding by $15.7 million by the '16/'17 school year.
New proposed national arts teaching standards are open for public review. The draft is expected to be finalized and unveiled for a first look in San Diego in March.
During a report on status of arts instruction, board asked pointed questions about whether instruction was equitably distributed and what it would cost to expand it.
John Deasy is expected to provide an update on the district's arts education plan - it was released over the summer without a budget.
Even as it passed an initiative to increase arts instruction, L.A. Unified cut arts teachers in 2012-13. About 200 have been cut since the 2010-2011 school year.
Arts for LA has created a parent action center on its website to prompt parents to write to L.A. Unified school board members to demand budget for new arts plan.
The Otis Report on California's creative economy found that Los Angeles County lost more than 200 arts teachers between the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.
California is experiencing the driest year in state recorded history. To help you make sense of the drought, check out these online learning resources for kids.
Eliot Middle School, in the Pasadena Unified School District, is in the midst of an arts transformation after receiving about $1.5 million in federal grant funding.