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

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.

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.