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
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.
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.
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.
Los Angeles Unified officials evaluating bids for a massive technology project received iPads and attended a weekend sales pitch in Palm Springs.
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.
In light of troubling emails revealed by KPCC, the inspector general is investigating communication between software executives and L.A. Unified staff.
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.
After an investigation by KPCC uncovered planning by LA Unified and publishing giant Pearson ahead of contract, Pearson claims they were discussing "pilot".
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.