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
Teachers at some schools were told their arts classes had been cut. Now a district spokesperson says they'll get one semester of arts. What will next week bring?
The new national arts standards for schools are the first revamp since 1994. They encourage sequential arts instruction, building on concepts year on year.
As many Southern California public schools invest in new digital devices, some teachers find getting their hands dirty may be just what students need.
At a public meeting, frustrated L.A. Unified school board members again called for details on how arts resources are being allocated.
Father Jon Hedges has been on hand for tragedies in New Orleans, New York and Missouri, but last week's incident in Santa Barbara hit close to home.
Sheriff Bill Brown identified the gunman who went on a shooting rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara as 22-year-old Elliot Rodger.
Well-regarded D.C. arts educator Rory Pullens will lead Los Angeles Unified's arts efforts. Some complain the hire was a surprise — the job was never posted.
Well-known arts educator Rory Pullens is leaving Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. to lead L.A. Unified's arts education program.
A project from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that seeks to improve failing schools through arts education is coming to California. Watch a live stream as First Lady Michelle Obama makes the announcement.
As a June 30 deadline looms for school districts to finalize budget plans, early education, arts and other advocates are pushing for a piece of new state funding.
California had six winners total from across the state — two Southern California high school seniors were selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
Five organizations and two high schools told KPCC they won't return Sterling donations. But will they accept future support if he offers it?
After a KPCC report, the state prison arts program will return as soon as June with $1 million in funding from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The new plan would provide third-through-fifth graders with access to visual arts, choral, dance and theater for nine weeks each.
The easiest would be a hefty fine against Sterling. A bolder move would be expulsion, expert says. But first the NBA has to make sure alleged racial statements on tape are real.