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

LAUSD head to ask for $53M to repair district's info system

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.

LAUSD board to weigh bond request for building repairs

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.

LA students suffer widespread childhood trauma

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.

What you need to know about LA schools' data system

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.

Cash short, LA school district imposes hiring freeze

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.

LA schools police need $8M to keep students with iPads safe

Worried about safety, Los Angeles Unified kept 90,000 iPads on campuses. Now, school officials want to send them home, but are they ready?

With Deasy out, is LA schools' iPad program 'dead'?

L.A. Unified's controversial iPad program lost its biggest supporter week when Superintendent John Deasy stepped down earlier this month. Will the program leave with him?

LA school board approves $300K contract for superintendent

Former L.A. school superintendent Ramon Cortines was coaxed out of retirement with a $300,000 annual salary to step in for John Deasy.

Deasy blames politics after stepping down as superintendent

Former L.A. Unified Superintendent Deasy declared politics have thwarted "student-centered" reforms. Some members of the education community agree. But not all.

LA schools superintendent John Deasy resigns; Cortines to fill in (updated)

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy is stepping down, the district confirmed Thursday, adding that he will remain on special assignment through Dec. 31.

State asked to fix issues at 2 more LA high schools

The ACLU and Public Counsel say students at Dorsey and Fremont high schools, like those at Jefferson High, are also being deprived of adequate instruction time.

LA school board: iPad investigation to remain shielded

The Los Angeles Unified inspector general spent months investigating the $500 million iPad purchase. School board decided report should remain confidential.

LA Unified board approves $3.6M for data system 'bailout'

Hundreds of schools across L.A. Unified still struggle to track attendance, record grades and schedule students. Officials say the problem is dated computers.

$1.1M Jefferson High plan approved by school board

Los Angeles Unified plan calls for spending $1.1 million to fund an additional 30-minute school day, add 15 new class sections, and increase support personnel.

Many LA Unified elementary school libraries still closed

Children's classics like "Madeline" and "Matilda" are out of reach for about 100,000 Los Angeles Unified students. The issue is library staffing.