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

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

Todd Rogers launches sheriff's campaign in Carson

LA Sheriff Department Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers launched his campaign for LA County Sheriff with about 100 supporters at the Carson Community Center Saturday.

First Person: Dorothy Rose's crusade to bring music to Anaheim schools

The executive director of the Orange County Symphony for years lobbied the Anaheim school district to create a music program. Now 1,300 kids are enrolled in an orchestra program.

LA school district's backlogged music repair shop to expand

The L.A. Unified School District's music repair shop will expand from eight repair technicians to 12 — and outsourcing has already sped up repair times.

Students selected for regional monologue competition

Twelve high school students will perform during the regional August Wilson Monologue Competition held in downtown Los Angeles in March.

Teachers: What are the best field trips in SoCal?

The online news site Education Week Teacher offers a mapping tool that lets teachers list their favorite field trip locations. What are yours?

Annette Bening to become face of arts ed in California

Bening will help promote the new "keep arts in schools fund, which raises money for arts education through public donations on state tax returns.

Mid-year music cuts hurt students at LA's Wilshire Crest

L.A. Unified transferred arts teachers to different schools mid-year due to student enrollment changes. Forty schools gained access, 20 lost teachers.

Arts group calls for details on new arts plan for LA schools

Arts for LA asks superintendent to provide a budget for the arts plan - the broad strokes of which were released last year, without financial details.