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
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.
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.
The Hollywood Media Arts Academy uses the visual arts to engage students who have failed or been kicked out of traditional schools.
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.
The nonprofit Arts for LA is surveying school board candidates on arts education issues ahead of the upcoming Nov. 5 county election.
Starting in 2014, taxpayers can make tax deductible donations of $1 or more to arts education through the California Arts Council on state tax return forms.
At L.A. Unified's music repair shop, at least 2,600 broken instruments are piled on shelves and in bins. Some have been sitting for years — the result of staff cuts.
The NEA reports only 56 percent of adults received arts education at some point in their lives. The percentage dips to a third of high school graduates.
Teaching Channel has been around as an online resource for teachers since 2011. Several of its 57 videos focus on arts integration.
In an article in "New Republic," father and writer Mark Oppenheimer argues that ballet and classical instrument lessons teach kids the wrong lessons.
California students are required to perform daily patriotic exercises — at most schools that means reciting the pledge. Do they know what it means?
Did you know the original text of the Pledge of Allegiance did not include the words "under God"? Test your Pledge knowledge here.
Ahead of his new album, The Diving Board, he played an intimate concert for USC's Bovard Auditorium. He also answered questions from budding musicians.
LA Unified's board adopted the district's new arts education plan - but gave officials until Dec. 3 to produce details on implementation and arts spending.
Teaching guru Rafe Esquith opened up about how he dealt with failure early in his career and why he feels today's education assessment methods are misguided.