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
For about 30 years, holiday caroling has been a yearly tradition at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. The performances can earn the school $3,000 to $4,000 per year.
Teachers are eligible for up to $2,500 in funding. Actor Jack Black and his former drama teacher launched the national program Monday in West Hollywood.
Not quite festive yet? Check out our list of student holiday concerts and productions throughout Southern California, many of which support arts education in schools.
One of the oldest teachers in the nation died Monday. Rose Gilbert spent more than 50 years teaching at Palisades Charter High School. She was 95.
The federal arts agency awarded 167 grants to California groups on Wednesday - 11 of them focused on arts education, which got a $392,000 boost.
City school district hasn't had instrumental music classes for its 19,000 k-sixth graders. School leaders are trying to give students an orchestra.
History teachers tore up lesson plans Friday to teach a special lesson on the South African leader to kids who weren't even born when Mandela was elected president.
LaMotte was perhaps the strongest ally for teachers on the school board - and a vocal critic of the superintendent. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Kayser, who joined the board in 2011, gives his thoughts on roving arts teachers, arts integration into other subjects and why the arts budget is taking so long.
The artist, who was shot to death Nov. 13, will be buried Monday. His daughter said the outpouring of support from former students has been comforting.
Culver City Unified has been refining its arts plan for a decade. Now, the district even offers specialized music instruction to its kindergarteners.
Bruce Reed will become president of the Broad Foundation starting in mid-December. He's been on Vice-President Joe Biden's staff since January 2011.
A national arts group is moderating an online discussion Tuesday about the brain and creativity. The webinar is free and open to the public.
L.A. Unified is one of several school districts that divides arts teachers time among several elementary schools. But the program's been cut over the years.
Cal State Fullerton will screen projects by 31 finalists for CSU's 23 annual Media Arts Festival. They include film, video, documentaries and other new media projects.