Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter

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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

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

How one school fashions geometry lessons from recyclables

At Hawthorne High School, students in a math class spent weeks learning Common Core concepts — and producing a fashion show in the process.

For LAUSD, graduating high school could get easier

The Los Angeles Unified School District board will vote next week on two policy changes that would make it easier for students to graduate from high school.

Joan Scheckel coaches Hollywood with techniques both 'safe and scary'

Some say Joan Scheckel is a master on par with famous acting coach Stanislavsky. Others say her teaching strategies hurt more than they help.

Pre-K to get arts ed boost under new federal program plan

Expansion of a federally backed arts education program will pump resources into California schools with a focus on the state's youngest students.

To boost arts ed, LAUSD hires entertainment industry liaison

Actress Alyson Reed will serve as the district's representative to build Los Angeles Unified's ties with film studios and others in the industry.

Students learning drought lessons familiar to their parents

With several state droughts in the past 100 years, older Californians should have water-saving lessons down. So why do some kids say they are better at conservation?

In some districts, nonprofits key to teaching kids the arts

A new study found all but two of the county’s school districts have partnerships with community arts organizations. Some experts say parents should ask questions.

Arts students leaving USC school, saying program 'dismantled'

Seven students, the entire first-year MFA class at the USC Roski School of Art and Design, contend the terms of their tuition aid and curriculum were changed.

Young musicians can up their performance with parents' help

Performance psychologist Don Greene takes his work with professional athletes and applies it to student musicians. He has some surprising advice for their parents.

LA City College lands $2M for cinema, TV department

Los Angeles City College is set to get a $2 million gift from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the largest donation made by that organization.

One Anaheim school district plans music classes for all

The Anaheim City School District is partnering with the city's mayor this week to announce a goal to offer music instruction to all of its 19,000 students.

New survey provides details on arts ed classes in LA County

A new report out gives a first-time glimpse at how nonprofits and others are providing art classes at schools across Los Angeles County, and there are gaps.

Santa Monica student projects headed to space

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified announced that students' winning patch designs will be sent to the International Space Station. A student experiment is also space-bound.

Mixed news for arts ed in latest creative economy report

Though California arts education generally fared well since the 2007-2008 school year, some measures show declines, a new report shows.

California taxpayers can help support arts education

Taxpayers can opt to contribute $1 or more via the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund" located in the voluntary contribution portion of the state tax return form.