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

In Culver City, the arts start in Kindergarten

Culver City Unified has been refining its arts plan for a decade. Now, the district even offers specialized music instruction to its kindergarteners.

Biden's chief of staff leaves White House for Broad Foundation

Bruce Reed will become president of the Broad Foundation starting in mid-December. He's been on Vice-President Joe Biden's staff since January 2011.

What can neuroscience teach us about creativity?

A national arts group is moderating an online discussion Tuesday about the brain and creativity. The webinar is free and open to the public.

Traveling teacher takes music on the road (photos)

L.A. Unified is one of several school districts that divides arts teachers time among several elementary schools. But the program's been cut over the years.

Saturday: Top student films screen at Cal State Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton will screen projects by 31 finalists for CSU's 23 annual Media Arts Festival. They include film, video, documentaries and other new media projects.

Teachers weigh in on arts education woes

The Art of Education asked arts teachers to share their most challenging moments in the classroom. The responses may surprise you.

LA school board votes to keep superintendent

The board gave Deasy a satisfactory approval – an annual condition of extending his contract. Board staff would not say how many voted in favor or how many against.

LA schools: Superintendent Deasy denies rumors he's resigned

Rumors of LA Unified head John Deasy's resignation reached a fever pitch Thursday after media reports. Deasy says he hasn't tendered his resignation — but will he?

Music Center launches new online arts curriculum

L.A.'s Music Center has been a leader in not just productions - but also arts education. It's now making its Artsource lesson plans available online for free.

State law requires arts ed: Does your school district comply?

California's state education code requires arts education instruction, but is it really happening? Take Part in KPCC's arts ed survey.

Teaching artists in OC and LA get funding boost

The California Arts Council awarded more than $2.8 million in grants across the state. In OC and LA, more than $290,000 went to support teaching artists.

PHOTOS: Student arts festival celebrates 35th anniversary

About 1,200 students gathered in downtown Los Angeles for a day of performances and artwork showcases. More than 1,000 student art pieces were on display.

A little progress at LA schools music repair shop

The L.A. Unified School District has an estimated backlog of about 3,000 broken instruments. It's getting one more staffer and outside help — an improvement, but not enough.

Hollywood arts school gives struggling kids a second chance

The Hollywood Media Arts Academy uses the visual arts to engage students who have failed or been kicked out of traditional schools.

Thousand Oaks university to build new arts center

California Lutheran University's first employee leaves the school her entire estate. More than $800,000 will go to build a stand-alone arts center.