Annie Gilbertson Investigative Reporter
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
L.A. Unified and Jefferson High School staff meet to plan how to correct student class scheduling problems cited in lawsuit.
Auditors found Magnolia Public School borrowed cash from classrooms by June 2013 to stay afloat while limited funds went to immigration fees and a Europe trip.
Students and parents may not know all about the politics swirling around the Superintendent John Deasy. What do they care about? The classroom.
A new report from the L.A. Unified inspector general shows 46 percent decrease in funding is creating a backlog of audits and investigations.
Members of the board are questioning John Deasy's effectiveness and the direction he has set down in running the second largest school district in the country.
LA Unified staff requested 22,000 more computers for spring testing. A committee wants more answers before it green lights another iPad purchase.
Los Angeles Unified will serve 55 million breakfasts this year. That may sound like a lot of French toast and milk, but participation so far is lower than hoped.
Issues with transcripts and emergency tracking are adding to concerns arising from a glitchy computer system.
The school board evaluates Superintendent John Deasy every October. This year, a controversial iPad contract and botched student data system is upping the pressure.
Only 30 of 245 classrooms used iPads for English and Math instruction. Most used it as word processor, to watch non-academic movies or play games.
Since 1997, voters approved $19.5 billion to fix crumbling campuses and build new schools. But KPCC found unmet repairs are piling-up.
The Los Angeles County Office of Education gives a green light to Los Angeles Unified's plans for high-need student programs.
The Los Angeles Unified School Board says it will revisit its email retention policy one day after approving purchase of an email archiving system.
Two weeks after embarrassing emails, school board agrees to buy new email archiving system programmed to automatically delete emails after one year.
A documented obtained by KPCC shows the district's intent to train every teacher on Pearson's iPad software before launching bid for the $500 million project.