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
For some Los Angeles Unified students, the only arts instruction happens after school. Educators say it's better than nothing — but brings its own challenges.
Teaching artists are frequently used in public schools to infuse arts education with instruction from actual artists. But does the model hinder student learning?
A KPCC analysis of Los Angeles Unified's arts access found 87 percent of the district's elementary schools won't offer all four art forms as required by state law.
A 1,500-word story posted on the author's Pottermore website is the first update since "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was published in 2007.
Arts integration is a teaching method that teaches two subjects at once. LA Unified administrators plan to invest nearly $9 million in the strategy in coming years.
Administrators have detailed proposed arts access for elementary students. Which areas get most access? Which schools are cutting back? Find out here.
Mayor Garcetti has nominated Danielle Brazell, executive director of Arts for LA. She'll start the job in August if confirmed by the City Council.
The new 60,000 square-foot facility will include 14 dance studios and seven science labs. The elite school attracts students from across the state.
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.