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 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

Art in the Park: Student showcase headed to downtown LA

More than 2,000 students are expected to attend LAUSD's Arts Fest event in downtown Los Angeles Saturday. Some teachers say they'd prefer art shows at school sites.

Inside the audition: Elite dancers compete for summer training

About 90 students gathered at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica for an audition with Boston Ballet. We take you inside the summer program auditions.

Oscars 2014: Local high school students got 'Happy' with Pharrell

A group of 19 students from the Academy of Music at Hamilton High School performed the hit song "on stage at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday: "It was a dream."

Teachers call LA schools' orchestra changes 'a travesty'

Arts teachers cry foul over officials' plan cut elementary kids' musical instrument lessons from a full year to just one semester to squeeze in more schools.

LA schools to expand 'arts integration' teachers

A Los Angeles Unified administrator unveiled an arts education budget for the district that will boost funding by $15.7 million by the '16/'17 school year.

Weigh in: National arts education standards almost final

New proposed national arts teaching standards are open for public review. The draft is expected to be finalized and unveiled for a first look in San Diego in March.

School board agrees on spring deadline for arts budget

During a report on status of arts instruction, board asked pointed questions about whether instruction was equitably distributed and what it would cost to expand it.

LA schools superintendent to report on arts plan

John Deasy is expected to provide an update on the district's arts education plan - it was released over the summer without a budget.

LA schools dragged down county arts teacher numbers

Even as it passed an initiative to increase arts instruction, L.A. Unified cut arts teachers in 2012-13. About 200 have been cut since the 2010-2011 school year.

Parents join push to get LA Unified to release arts budget

Arts for LA has created a parent action center on its website to prompt parents to write to L.A. Unified school board members to demand budget for new arts plan.

Arts teachers in LA County schools decreased by 10 percent

The Otis Report on California's creative economy found that Los Angeles County lost more than 200 arts teachers between the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.

5 ways to teach kids about the California drought

California is experiencing the driest year in state recorded history. To help you make sense of the drought, check out these online learning resources for kids.

Can arts transform low-performing Pasadena middle school?

Eliot Middle School, in the Pasadena Unified School District, is in the midst of an arts transformation after receiving about $1.5 million in federal grant funding.

Wardens hunt for cougar after suspected attack in Perris

Investigators say a critically injured homeless man may have been the victim of a mountain lion attack at a Southern California encampment.

El Camino Real Charter High wins Academic Decathlon's Super Quiz

El Camino Real Charter High wins Academic Decathlon's Super Quiz. The focus of this year's competition is World War I