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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
The California Department of Education has scheduled three meetings to gather feedback on curriculum standards that could be adopted in November.
The district is cutting its summer enrichment programming to 160 schools. The free activities for elementary and middle school students include art, music and drama.
New K-12 science standards developed by 26 states were released today. New standards call for more hand-on learning, less rote memorization.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma participates in the 26th annual "Arts Advocacy Day" in Washington, D.C. You can join a Google hangout or tweet questions to Ma.
Changes to curriculum represent a major shift in K-12 education in the U.S. How will textbooks and educational materials producers keep up?
April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Check out this list of resources for students and teachers, which includes lesson plans and a few local concerts.
A short documentary film follows Virginia students, many of whom are disabled, as they prepare for a stage project with professional musicians.
Former congressman Asa Hutchinson unveiled his new, NRA-commissioned plan for school safety. It calls for an armed staff member to protect schools.
A lack of high-skilled jobs in the US could be a long-term problem. The number of college grads working minimum wage jobs is up 70 percent over a decade ago.
A new study finds that students instructed with hand gestures performed better on tests than students instructed with speech only.
Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in community-based work, debuts "Lunch Lady Courage" at the Los Angeles High School of the Arts.
President Barack Obama has signed the spending bill that reinstates the military's tuition assistance program into law, but troops remain without the benefit.
Earlier this month, the military suspended its decades-old tuition assistance due to sequestration. Today, Congress voted to restore the program.
Former Iraqi translator Tariq Abu Khumra fled Baghdad after working for the US military. Ten years after the war began, he makes a new life for himself in California. He doesn't know when he'll see his family again.
How much TV are kids watching -- and what's the impact? This graphic breaks it down.