Annie Gilbertson Investigative Reporter
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
A retired principal and administrator - and teacher's union favorite - was elected to represent South L.A. in the school board, replacing a member who died unexpectedly.
About one hundred teens sat in Hamilton High School’s auditorium, texting their friends, eating hot Cheetos. A computer system failure left students across LA without classes.
KPCC asked community members what questions they had for George McKenna and Alex Johnson ahead of Tuesday's election. Will the answers win your vote?
Do Alex Johnson or George McKenna know what ails South L.A.? What do you want to know before you cast your vote?
L.A. Unified closed two Magnolia Public Schools charter schools, pointing to mismanagement, but a judge Thursday gave several reasons to reopen the schools.
LAUSD was praised for boosting counselors for students in foster care, but a closer look at the budget shows many counselors may be transitioning from special education.
For years, Magnolia Public Schools bank account and books didn't match. Two of the schools were closed, and now the entire network is under investigation.
Is it too easy to get in English learning programs in California — and too hard to get out? One Torrance girl has been incorrectly labeled for five years.
As part of a large class-action lawsuit, school staff are being asked to hold on to all records showing how much physical education is being provided to students.
Some experts say teaching students to ask questions will keep them engaged in school and make them more sophisticated thinkers.
Richard Vladovic's first year was of change: new funding, more iPads and a new set of learning standards.
The L.A. Unified school district will deliver more tablets and laptops to students this fall. To prepare, teachers will soon be required to take a technology course.
Hundreds of Los Angeles Unified school libraries were shuttered since the recession. As school funds recover, many will be reopening in the fall.
Under new funding laws, Los Angeles Unified is expanding services to low-income students, foster youth and those learning English.
Federal officials say few California special education students are on grade level and many aren't even tested. If reforms aren't met, funds could be withheld.