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 schools iPads: Superintendent explains Pearson, Apple meetings

The superintendent responds to concerns about fairness in the bidding process, more than a week after KPCC published emails showing detailed talks between executives and district staff ahead of the bid for tablets.

Search selected emails related to the LA schools iPad project

Here are 18 key emails obtained by KPCC that show LAUSD Superintendent Deasy directed his staff to figure out how to incorporate Pearson software into the school system's plan.

LA schools iPads: Top officials got free tablets, resort trips

Los Angeles Unified officials evaluating bids for a massive technology project received iPads and attended a weekend sales pitch in Palm Springs.

LA schools audit: Hundreds of missing, stolen computers

An audit of L.A. Unified's computer inventory reveals 230 devices worth nearly $200,000 have been stolen or are missing - and the school officials can't account for another 3,105 laptops, desktops and iPads.

Emails prompt LA schools' inspector general to reopen iPad probe

In light of troubling emails revealed by KPCC, the inspector general is investigating communication between software executives and L.A. Unified staff.

LA schools cancel iPad contracts after KPCC publishes troubling emails

L.A. Unified said Monday it'll cancel a contract with Pearson and Apple, after KPCC published emails showing executives met with school officials prior to bidding.

iPad software publisher says LA school emails about pilot

After an investigation by KPCC uncovered planning by LA Unified and publishing giant Pearson ahead of contract, Pearson claims they were discussing "pilot".

LA schools iPad project: How it started... before the bidding began

A year into his tenure, superintendent John Deasy started talking to the largest publishing company in the world about a digital transformation in public education.

LA school officials discussed iPad contracts before bids

Emails obtained by KPCC show L.A. Unified superintendent John Deasy began meeting with a software provider about purchasing its product nearly a year before the iPad contract went out to public bid.

County education officials question LA schools' financial plans

The county office of education is scrutinizing L.A. Unified's plan to help low-income students, foster youth and those still learning English.

Los Angeles schools make discipline less harsh

L.A. school officials have announced changes to the disciplinary system aimed at preventing students from becoming mired in the criminal justice system.

State auditor probing LA's Magnolia charter schools

After an L.A. Unified audit suggested missing and misused cash, the state will sift through vendor and payroll records as well as truancy and test score data.

Charter advocates recalculate after school board loss

Charter and education reform advocates helped fund ads, canvassers and consultants working to elect Alex Johnson. At about $100 per vote, is it money well spent?

McKenna elected to represent South LA on school board

A retired principal and administrator - and teacher's union favorite - was elected to represent South L.A. in the school board, replacing a member who died unexpectedly.

Back-to-school not so smooth at some LA campuses

About one hundred teens sat in Hamilton High School’s auditorium, texting their friends, eating hot Cheetos. A computer system failure left students across LA without classes.