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

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.

Using trauma-informed approach to help poor students

In the second part of our series “Teaching Through Trauma,” KPCC’s Annie Gilbertson visits Camino Nuevo, a charter school whose mission is to improve the grades—and lives—of disadvantaged students.

How trauma and stress affect kids' learning

In this first installment of a three-part series, KPCC education correspondent Annie Gilbertson takes a look at new research that shows the mere act of being poor can affect the brain, making it hard for kids to learn.

Teaching Through Trauma: How poverty affects kids' brains

In this first installment of a KPCC series, we look at new research that shows the mere act of being poor can affect the brain, making it hard for kids to learn. But the changes are reversible.

Can a new board member turn around South LA schools?

Residents will vote Tuesday for a new school board member for District One, home to the poorest performing schools in Los Angeles.

Petition says iPad critic belongs on LA schools' committee

The petition calls the ousted architect a "watchdog to safeguard public money" and demands the school board reinstate him. The board booted him off last week.

Architects ask LA schools to reinstate committee member

Architect Stuart Magruder was removed from a committee overseeing bond funds. He has repeatedly questioned their use to buy iPads.

LA school board ousts iPad critic from oversight commitee

Stuart Magruder tried to halt the growth of the iPad program, questioning the use of bonds to pay for the program and criticizing the botched rollout.

Advocates, parents wait hours to talk about LA school budget

Advocates, parents and students have a long list of concerns with L.A. Unified's budget proposal. About 90 people waited over six hours for their turn speak.

LA school board to discuss budget priorities

Among the board member's proposed changes to Supt. John Deasy's budget: increasing teacher pay, new community "wellness centers" and increasing custodial staff.

Parents struggle with LA schools' new budget process

Parents doubt a district as large as L.A. Unified can — or even wants to — get meaningful budget recommendations from parents. New state law requires they try.

Mid-city parents win battle against principal (updated)

Carthay Center Elementary parents protested after the principal dismissed half the teachers. L.A. Unified said the principal won't return in the fall - but teachers will.

Parents protest Mid-City principal's teacher changes

Half of the teachers at Cathay Center Elementary School will be transferred out, according to the PTA. Parents want them to stay and the principal to go instead.

iPad, Wi-Fi issues interrupt LA schools testing

L.A. Unified spent over $20 million on the iPads for new digital tests. Recent district data shows some haven't been up to the task.