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
In a reversal of February proposal, Los Angeles Unified School District officials confirm orchestra instruction will return next year as a year-long program.
More than 130 grants were awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts this week - including $5 million for California groups.
Educator Matt Levinson offers arts education tips to help students learn new information. Among his suggestions: Have students write a song.
Students from Nogales High School were selected from 175 applicants around the country to perform in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Wilshire Crest was among 20 schools that lost a day of arts instruction in December - leaving it without arts access. Parents have brought some arts access back.
To help you navigate the ever-evolving world of looming, we rounded up local resources and turned to some of the top YouTube stars to provide a list of tips.
An new analysis of census data finds artists enjoy a higher level of education than the general US population. 65 percent had at least a bachelor's degree.
A "pretty large" power outage left city streets and homes in the dark in Pasadena Monday night.
The Los Angeles County Office of Education sponsored its 12th annual Academic Bowl for juvenile court school students at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
While state law requires school districts to give students access to music, dance, theater and visual arts instruction, a KPCC survey found that few can afford it.
Grants HQ aims to help L.A. Unified teachers beef up limited government funding by securing outside grants for new projects.
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.
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.
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."
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.