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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
Superintendent Ramon Cortines said students need more practice with iPads and Chromebooks before high-stakes testing hits schools.
Los Angeles school police are tracking students, and $700 tablets, as part of a district pilot program to increase security.
LAUSD is investing another $12 million over the next six weeks to fix the flawed MISIS data system and spending $22 million for iPads and laptops.
A federal grand jury will meet Friday to investigate whether criminal laws were violated in connection with the district's iPad program.
Former LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy averaged three out-of-town excursions a month last year, racking up the equivalent of four trips around the world.
Under new leadership, the Los Angeles Unified school district moves full-steam ahead with its iPad program, expanding it to 27 schools.
LAUSD new student data system failed to schedule student classes, track attendance and record grades. The inspector general says it's time for outside monitoring.
Former superintendent John Deasy canceled the iPad contract after KPCC reported he met with vendors before bids. Ramon Cortines wants to use it buy more devices.
LAUSD is the second district in the state to require students to take classes in ethnic studies, the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity and culture.
LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines plans to ask the school board next month for additional $53 million in bond funding to repair the district's computerized student information system.
L.A. Unified officials estimate $40 billion in repairs are going unmet. Voters could see a request for more cash, though some feel burned by past projects.
Violence, economic insecurity and neglect are the reality for many Los Angeles kids, a new report finds. These students struggle to do well in school.
L.A. Unified's student data system failed to schedule students, track attendance and record grades. Many ask how the school district got to this point.
L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines said he anticipates deficits the next two school years, but a freeze on staff hires comes as state funds are increasing.
Worried about safety, Los Angeles Unified kept 90,000 iPads on campuses. Now, school officials want to send them home, but are they ready?