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

Court-directed planning begins to fix Jefferson High issues

L.A. Unified and Jefferson High School staff meet to plan how to correct student class scheduling problems cited in lawsuit.

Audit found Magnolia charters operator in red by mid-2013

Auditors found Magnolia Public School borrowed cash from classrooms by June 2013 to stay afloat while limited funds went to immigration fees and a Europe trip.

Parents, students focus on schools as Deasy evaluated

Students and parents may not know all about the politics swirling around the Superintendent John Deasy. What do they care about? The classroom.

LA Unified inspector general seeks more funds

A new report from the L.A. Unified inspector general shows 46 percent decrease in funding is creating a backlog of audits and investigations.

LA school board takes hard look at Superintendent Deasy

Members of the board are questioning John Deasy's effectiveness and the direction he has set down in running the second largest school district in the country.

Oversight group puts brakes on more testing iPads in LA schools

LA Unified staff requested 22,000 more computers for spring testing. A committee wants more answers before it green lights another iPad purchase.

Universal student breakfast falling short so far

Los Angeles Unified will serve 55 million breakfasts this year. That may sound like a lot of French toast and milk, but participation so far is lower than hoped.

In wake of port fire, more questions about LA schools data system

Issues with transcripts and emergency tracking are adding to concerns arising from a glitchy computer system.

LA school board preparing for Deasy's annual review

The school board evaluates Superintendent John Deasy every October. This year, a controversial iPad contract and botched student data system is upping the pressure.

Few LA students using Pearson's iPad software, survey shows

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.

LA schools need 100,000 fixes - including fire hazards

Since 1997, voters approved $19.5 billion to fix crumbling campuses and build new schools. But KPCC found unmet repairs are piling-up.

County approves LA schools controversial budget

The Los Angeles County Office of Education gives a green light to Los Angeles Unified's plans for high-need student programs.

LA school board backs off plan to delete emails after one year

The Los Angeles Unified School Board says it will revisit its email retention policy one day after approving purchase of an email archiving system.

LA school board agrees to destroy internal emails after a year

Two weeks after embarrassing emails, school board agrees to buy new email archiving system programmed to automatically delete emails after one year.

LA schools' early tech plan called for Pearson software training

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.