Annie Gilbertson Investigative Reporter

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Annie Gilbertson is KPCC’s Investigative Reporter. She joined the station in 2013 as an education reporter covering the nation’s second largest school district, Los Angeles Unified.

Annie was honored as a national finalist at the 2014 Investigative Reporters and Editors awards for her year-long investigation into L.A. Unified’s $1.3 billion deal to equip every student with an iPad. Her reports exposing the school district’s close ties with Apple and publisher Pearson contributed to the cancelation of the contract, the resignation of the superintendent and the launch of an FBI investigation.

Annie revealed the hidden costs of wiring L.A. schools for computers and tablets. She also discovered that California schools had misidentified bilingual kids as “English learners,” which may have boosted group test scores but kept fluent students out of mainstream classes.

Prior to joining KPCC, Annie worked at Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she produced an award-winning investigative series on how schools had purchased inaccurate sex education materials.

In her role as investigative reporter, Annie is digging into a variety of subjects including but not limited to healthcare, poverty and her first love — public schools. Got a tip? Call, email, tweet or send a carrier pigeon.


Stories by Annie Gilbertson

What would you want most in the next LAUSD superintendent?

Los Angeles Unified leaders struggle to improve the education of hundreds of thousands of students. Vote in our poll on what attributes in the new superintendent would most matter to you.

$8-billion LAUSD budget approved by board shores up operations

L.A. Unified is using a $800 million funding increase to pay for costs deferred during the recession. Advocates say not enough is going to students in need.

LAUSD budget plan calls for cuts in preschool seats

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines is proposing to cut the preschool program by a third over the next couple of years.

School police debate turns raucous at LAUSD hearing

As the discussion on police shootings grows nationwide, advocates say South L.A. students don’t feel safe around school police officers with guns.

LAUSD looks to summer classes to boost graduation

Many Los Angeles Unified students will spend the next month cramming in college-prep classes as the district attempts to help them meet higher graduation standards.

LAUSD draft budget targets students in need, but falls short for some

As the Los Angeles Unified School District prepares its spending plan, advocates say English learners, foster youth and low-income students aren't allotted enough.

LAUSD board approves D grade to pass college prep classes

Los Angeles Unified agreed a decade ago to require college preparation courses to graduate. But the higher requirement hasn't meant drastically better outcomes.

LAUSD students leaving detention now helped back to school

Los Angeles Unified has more students going in and out of juvenile detention than any other district in the country. A program helps them re-enroll, if they want it.

Additional cost for repairs to LAUSD data system: $80M

The bill for Los Angeles Unified's customized student data software rises to more than $130 million as developers continue to fix bugs in the MiSiS system.

LAUSD's declining student numbers prompting marketing ideas

Los Angeles Unified loses about 15,000 students every year. Many families flock to charters that market their higher performance and smaller class sizes.

Expected cost for ethnic studies graduation requirement: $73M

LAUSD's school board approved an ethnic studies graduation requirement last year. The latest estimate for it is pegged at far more than first suggested.

New LAUSD school board haunted by old problems

The Los Angeles Unified School District's newly elected board will deal with a budget hit by students leaving for charter schools. Will the board recruit them back?

LAUSD board election drawing big PAC money

Political action committee spending in this year's Los Angeles Unified election is 15 times higher than it was 2009. Many donors aren't disclosed ahead of elections.

Election 2015: Teachers central to debate as voters head to LAUSD polls

Los Angeles Unified teachers have a lot at stake in Tuesday's school board election. Are they in danger of losing their political clout?

LAUSD upgrading toilets to save water during drought

A $5 million investment to replace toilets will cut water use by 100 million gallons each year, according to Los Angeles Unified district officials.