Annie Gilbertson Education Reporter

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Annie Gilbertson is an Education Reporter for Southern California Public Radio, covering the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Before joining KPCC, Annie worked for the Southern Education Desk, a CPB-funded project that brought together radio, television and web reporters across the South. She focused her reporting on issues of race and poverty in schools - and brings her experience covering issues of inequality to Southern California. Her work has been featured by NPR, Deutsche Welle, Huffington Post, NBC and Chicago Public Radio, among others.

Annie grew up in Huntington Beach, California. She got hooked on radio reporting in college at Auburn University, where she graduated with a degree in English. When she’s not geeking-out over spreadsheets, you can find her taking dance classes and driving endlessly around Los Angeles.

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Stories by Annie Gilbertson

Tracking more than $13 billion raised by Prop 30

Prop 30 was pitched as a remedy for schools and community colleges starved by budget cuts. The measure raised billions. A new website shows how the money was spent.

LA schools put new exam strategy to the test

In this trial run, schools won't receive student test scores. But the corresponding technology expansion, the largest and most expensive in the country, will count.

LA School Board campaign coffers approach $300,000

With two candidates holding over two-thirds of the collective cash, a gap emerges between those with deep pockets and those with limited funds.

LAUSD board candidate: Politics motivate credentials issue

There's no record of an MBA degree that candidate Genethia Hudley-Hayes said she earned, and questions have been raised over an honorary doctorate on her resume.

Public shut out of LA schools' iPad software demonstration

An L.A. Unified committee probing iPad purchases has been asking to see the software. Members were finally granted a viewing - but officials kept a reporter out.

Wealthy LA schools may be allowed to skip classroom breakfast

L.A. Unified has touted increased participation in its new free breakfast program. Schools in wealthier areas bristled. They may soon get a way out.

LA schools debate how to help foster youth

L.A. Unified has only seven staffers assigned to help more than 8,000 foster youth. With new state funding meant to help, advocates push for more.

Report on charters shows LA schools have a lot to learn

Charter schools weren't surprised a Stanford University think tank found they're doing much better than traditional public schools. Why isn't L.A. Unified adapting?

Westside parents bristle at free classroom breakfast

L.A. Unified plans to serve all students a free breakfast in the classroom. Parents are now circulating a petition asking for schools sites to be able to opt out.

Truancy bills propose to revamp data collection in California schools

California is one of only four states in the country that does not track student attendance. Attorney General Kamala Harris announced legislation to address the issue.

Questions arise over LA schools' iPad software

Piecing together records, tours of the software and interviews, KPCC has found problems that raise questions about the district’s process for awarding the contract.

LA schools' iPads missing another key accessory: earbuds

Tens of thousands of earbuds will have to be put on rush order so students can hear parts of the new digital state test this spring.

L.A. Unified board to consider expansion of computer science offerings

Only one-in-three of the district's high schools have basic courses and no advanced placement courses are offered in the city's poorer neighborhoods.

LA schools computer labs may grow, despite iPad program

School board member Tamar Galatzan supports buying iPads for every L.A. Unified student. She's also asking for additional computer labs in her district.

Former LA schools leader: iPad purchase improper

A former L.A. Unified superintendent says using bond money to buy iPads is illegal. Oversight committee will take up his complaints at Thursday meeting.