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
Teacher Rafe Esquith celebrates his 30th anniversary this year. But the notoriety of his student Shakespeare program hasn’t spared his school from arts program cuts.
Singer Bjork will bring her kids art program to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The event will be free and open to the public.
A Pasadena elementary school uses art to teach third graders addition, subtraction and long division. An advocacy group wants to expand the program across the state.
More than 3,000 students are expected to attend Los Angeles Unified School District's Take Action talent show on Saturday at Paramount Studios.
The Pasadena Dance Festival features krump dancing as its headlining act. Organizers hope the street dance will inspire young people to stay engaged in the arts. See photos and videos.
Science teachers said they're excited about hands-on teaching. But how will the cash-strapped school pay for the necessary supplies? The first of two stories looking at science in the schools.
Five students at Paramount High School were selected as Gates Millennium Scholars. That many awards for the minority scholarship are rare.
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.