Annie Gilbertson Education Reporter

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Annie Gilbertson is an Education Reporter for Southern California Public Radio, covering the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Before joining KPCC, Annie worked for the Southern Education Desk, a CPB-funded project that brought together radio, television and web reporters across the South. She focused her reporting on issues of race and poverty in schools - and brings her experience covering issues of inequality to Southern California. Her work has been featured by NPR, Deutsche Welle, Huffington Post, NBC and Chicago Public Radio, among others.

Annie grew up in Huntington Beach, California. She got hooked on radio reporting in college at Auburn University, where she graduated with a degree in English. When she’s not geeking-out over spreadsheets, you can find her taking dance classes and driving endlessly around Los Angeles.

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Stories by Annie Gilbertson

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.

LA schools' maintenance budget trails other large districts

Busted sinks and cracked sidewalks plague Los Angeles campuses. Large California school districts spend up to 30 percent more of their total budget on maintenance and operations than L.A. Unified.

After LA schools' denial, county greenlights Aspire charters

The L.A. Unified school board had taken issue with special education services at two high performing Huntington Park schools. They'll now be overseen by the county.

Bus Crash: NTSB vows to use tragedy to review bus safety laws

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the agency saw no evidence of the Fed-Ex truck was on fire before crashing. He added the department will use the investigation to examine bus regulations nationally.

Orland bus crash: Family and friends mourn Jennifer Bonilla

Authorities requested dental records and DNA to confirm she is one of five high school students who died Thursday in the fiery bus crash in Northern California. She was remembered as a star student with a knack for listening.

Report: Part-time LA school board unacceptable (updated)

The Los Angeles 2020 Commission suggests the school board should be under mayoral control or improve its working relationship with school administrators.

Deasy budget includes $36 million in spending to settle suit

The L.A. Unified school board has yet to vote on the Superintendent's budget proposal, which concentrates investment in 37 high-need schools.

LAUSD board weighs spending plans for $6.8 billion budget

The board only has a couple of months to decide how to spend an extra $330 million in state funds, while the teacher's union asks, 'where is the raise?'

Deasy's proposed budget: 1,200 new hires

The district gets tens of millions in extra funds next year. It'll go to beef up staff, techs for the iPad program, some librarians.

LA schools have grossed $8.9M from film shoots since 2010

The L.A. Unified School District has seen a steep increase in film fees since since 2010, when its most recent contract with FilmLA went into effect.

Tracking more than $13 billion raised by Prop 30

Prop 30 was pitched as a remedy for schools and community colleges starved by budget cuts. The measure raised billions. A new website shows how the money was spent.

LA schools put new exam strategy to the test

In this trial run, schools won't receive student test scores. But the corresponding technology expansion, the largest and most expensive in the country, will count.