Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter
Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was reporter on SCPR's education team, and 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The LAUSD has cancelled a fundraiser at Donald Trump's golf course in Southern California because of his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.
Seniors are finding errors in their transcripts produced by Los Angeles Unified's student data system that are affecting their graduation and college plans.
Under a new program, community college students will get help to transfer to University of California campuses and complete their degrees within two years.
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.
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.
Several factors are creating a “perfect storm” that's accelerating California's teacher shortage and resulting in fewer credentialed teachers in some schools.
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.
Los Angeles Unified is under fire for removing Rafe Esquith, a popular and well-known teacher, from his classroom at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School.
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.
Whether you play the harmonica or saxophone, Sunday's Make Music Los Angeles festival has a venue for you, or you can listen for free.
After recession-era cuts in funding, arts education will get millions in new funding under the latest financial proposal before the Los Angeles Unified school board.