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 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.

Readers quiz: LA Unified school board candidates

KPCC asked community members what questions they had for George McKenna and Alex Johnson ahead of Tuesday's election. Will the answers win your vote?

LA school board race: Quiz your candidates

Do Alex Johnson or George McKenna know what ails South L.A.? What do you want to know before you cast your vote?

Magnolia charter network pleads for judge to reopen schools

L.A. Unified closed two Magnolia Public Schools charter schools, pointing to mismanagement, but a judge Thursday gave several reasons to reopen the schools.

LA schools shaving mental health for special ed students

LAUSD was praised for boosting counselors for students in foster care, but a closer look at the budget shows many counselors may be transitioning from special education.

Charter schools: Audit finds missing, misused funds at LA network

For years, Magnolia Public Schools bank account and books didn't match. Two of the schools were closed, and now the entire network is under investigation.