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
Los Angeles Unified school board members got their first look Tuesday at new data that measures how well schools are doing in educating students in the arts.
Los Angeles Unified School District plans to revamp the way it distributes arts resources, targeting schools with the greatest needs based on measures like poverty.
The MIND Research Institute in Irvine has developed ways to produce tools with 3D printers that students can touch and manipulate to learn math concepts.
Los Angeles Unified officials are set to unveil a new Arts Equity Index to ensure students have equitable opportunity to learn and get exposed to music and the arts.
A study at USC is measuring the benefits of musical training, and early findings show that orchestra students outperformed their peers in auditory skill tests.
Just two instruments have been located, Pasadena police said Tuesday. The majority of instruments taken from Marshall Fundamental Secondary School remain missing.
Pasadena school officials are working with police after some instruments were found. District officials were notified late Friday that items had been recovered.
Thieves steal about $15,000 worth of music equipment ahead of two big concerts this week. The school borrowed instruments from other schools to get by.
Some hospitals like Children's Hospital Los Angeles use art as a healing tool. Patients receiving art, music or dance therapy have more than tripled since 2010.
California Lutheran University expects to match a donation of up to $4 million from art collector and real estate developer William Rolland to build the art center.
Los Angeles Unified renewed its community arts partnership plan Wednesday, part of the district’s attempt to revitalize arts education after years of budget cuts.
Los Angeles Unified officials have told principals they can tap federal dollars aimed at low-income students to incorporate the arts into teaching academics.
The first phase of the grant will be implemented this summer at Loyola Marymount University when teachers will learn to integrate culture into visual arts lessons.
The advocacy group Arts for LA has published candidate survey responses that give a glimpse into where school board hopefuls stand on arts education issues.
A year after an administrator said problems at Los Angeles Unified's music repair shop would be eliminated within months, the number of broken instruments is up.