Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter
Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was a reporter on SCPR's education team, and an associate producer for Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show.
Mary 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.
Mary 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. 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
You wouldn't think opera would be on a kid's to-do list this summer, but for 55 aspiring singers, it's an out-of-body experience.
To spread its resources, Los Angeles Unified plans to limit arts instruction in some schools to nine weeks each for subjects like music.
LAUSD hired more than 900 teachers last year. Out of that group, they awarded 23 teachers, calling them "Rookies of the Year."
California public schools superintendent Tom Torlakson released a blueprint on improving learning that sets his agenda for his current term.
The University of California on Thursday announced a revamping of its sexual assault and sexual violence prevention program.
In California, there’s a little-known law that requires arts instruction in schools. Most districts ignore it. One former principal is on a mission to change that.
LAUSD's newly elected school board president, Steve Zimmer, sat down with KPCC's Mary Plummer to talk about the superintendent search, the trouble-plagued student data system and problems with the district's food services division.
A Huntington Park resident wins $25,000 in a lottery designed to increase voter turnout during the Los Angeles Unified school board runoff election in May.
School administrators had said grades for those in summer school couldn't be retrieved from L.A. Unified's data system. The district says the problem is now fixed.
The LAUSD has cancelled a fundraiser at Donald Trump's golf course in Southern California because of his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.
Seniors are finding errors in their transcripts produced by Los Angeles Unified's student data system that are affecting their graduation and college plans.
Under a new program, community college students will get help to transfer to University of California campuses and complete their degrees within two years.
As a bill that could eliminate the high school exit exam moves through the Legislature, about 5,000 students across the state are stuck in limbo.
ACLU of Southern California is among the legal groups charging Los Angeles Unified has funneled more than $120 million away from the district's high-need students.
Several factors are creating a “perfect storm” that's accelerating California's teacher shortage and resulting in fewer credentialed teachers in some schools.