Mary Plummer Education Reporter

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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

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

Local museum fights declines in field trips with its own bus

Field trips, once a memorable part of the school experience, have been declining over the past decade as budgets are cut and tests take on more emphasis.

LA Trade Tech students react to Kanye West's campus visit

The rapper talked with students at Los Angeles Trade Technical College late last week as part of his community service sentence.

South Pasadena students recall 1940 murder spree (archival photos)

Seventy-four years ago, a junior high school principal in South Pasadena went on a shooting rampage that left five people dead.

Timeline: 1940 school shooting in South Pasadena

On the morning of May 6, 1940, South Pasadena Junior High School Principal Verlin Spencer went on a shooting spree that left five dead and one injured. Here is his route based on police and witness reports.

LA schools' woes with enrollment system continue

New numbers suggest LAUSD officials vastly underestimated the number of students facing problems from the district's new digital enrollment system.

Massive Arroyo Seco homeless camp cleanup continues

One of Los Angeles County's largest homeless camp cleanups in recent years will continue on Tuesday, dismantling between 17 and 20 dwellings near South Pasadena.

Updated: LA schools' head faces school board after iPad questions

L.A. Unified school board members meet Tuesday in the first public meeting since the superintendent began facing a rush of questions about his iPad program.

Education: Study finds integrating arts in lessons sparks creativity

The Kennedy Center finds students who had the arts mixed into other subjects — a model favored by L.A. Unified — showed increased creativity and engagement.

South Pasadena shooting plot: Students 'wanted to kill as many people as possible'

Police said Tuesday that two students, one 17 and one 16, “confirmed very cold-heartedly in the investigation” that they were planning a shooting at the school.

Large classes, delays as LA schools' tech system hiccups

Los Angeles Unified teachers were told not to use the district's new grading and attendance recording system until problems were resolved.

Teachers meet new LA schools arts leader

Superintendent John Deasy recruited well-known arts educator Rory Pullens from Washington, D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He lays out his goals for KPCC.

Raises make Beverly Hills teachers among best paid in US

The Beverly Hills Unified School Board unanimously approved multi-year raises the union says will make its teachers among the highest paid in U.S. and L.A. County.

Top LA arts high school searches for new principal

The L.A. County High School for the Arts will start the year with an interim principal, following George Simpson's resignation. He'd led the school since 2008.

After school arts tries to fill a void, but is it enough?

For some Los Angeles Unified students, the only arts instruction happens after school. Educators say it's better than nothing — but brings its own challenges.

New CalArts residency transforms artists into teachers

Teaching artists are frequently used in public schools to infuse arts education with instruction from actual artists. But does the model hinder student learning?