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

LA school board passes $7.3 billion budget

Under new funding laws, Los Angeles Unified is expanding services to low-income students, foster youth and those learning English.

California not testing enough special education students

Federal officials say few California special education students are on grade level and many aren't even tested. If reforms aren't met, funds could be withheld.

This labor union wants to support schools

The union representing cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other school workers is starting a program offering health and mental health care in low-income schools.

Bypassing media, LA school fundraiser creates news blog

A new blog dedicated to all things L.A. Unified launched by LA Fund, an organization co-founded by Superintendent John Deasy.

Literacy program saved, but LA schools budget unchanged

The school board left a $7.3 billion budget mostly unchanged Tuesday. Administrators will find $500,000 to save a literacy program. The board also reinstated an iPad critic to an oversight committee.

How is your school spending its budget? Search KPCC's database

You can look up how much money L.A. Unified is sending to your school and how it will be spent. Counselors? Librarians? Nurses? It's all here.

Draft budget reveals LA schools still short

Despite a $330 million bump in state funds, a preliminary budget for each L.A. Unified school reveals many students will go without some services. Look up your school's budget.

LA school board to vote on reinstating iPad critic

Stuart Magruder kept complaining about the price and rocky rollout of L.A. Unified's iPad program. The school board removed him from an oversight committee.

Parent group battling LA school officials over leadership

Members of a parent committee are fighting for more independence. An L.A. Unified lawyer warns they may be violating open meetings laws.

LA school teachers say Vergara ruling feels like an attack

A judge ruled Tuesday that California's job protections for teachers violate students' right to an education. Teachers say they're scapegoats for the system's many failures.

5 things you should know about LA schools' budget debate

The Los Angeles Unified school board only has a couple more weeks to approve a budget. Concerns seem to be mounting — and big chunks of money are not itemized.

LA school board member moves to reinstate iPad critic

The board removed Stuart Magruder from an oversight committee after he spent a year questioning the growth of the iPad program. One board member wants him reinstated.

Why LAUSD needs more counselors for at-risk youth

A recent survey showed 40 percent of kids in poor neighborhoods should receive counseling, but L.A. Unified only has one counselor for every 2,200 kids.

Election 2014: Former administrator, prosecutor head to LA school board runoff

With seven candidates vying for a single open board seat, no one won more than half the votes. Turnout was also slim, and voters didn't recognize the candidates.

Teaching Through Trauma: LAUSD says budget's too tight to treat stressed out kids

A recent survey showed 40 percent of kids in poor neighborhoods should receive counseling, but L.A. Unified only has one counselor for every 2,200 kids.