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

LA school board race: Quiz your candidates

Do Alex Johnson or George McKenna know what ails South L.A.? What do you want to know before you cast your vote?

Magnolia charter network pleads for judge to reopen schools

L.A. Unified closed two Magnolia Public Schools charter schools, pointing to mismanagement, but a judge Thursday gave several reasons to reopen the schools.

LA schools shaving mental health for special ed students

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.

Charter schools: Audit finds missing, misused funds at LA network

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.

LA schools: 'English learner' tests incorrectly label bilingual kids

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.

Lawsuit claims LA elementary schools skipping PE

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.

How do you teach students to ask questions?

Some experts say teaching students to ask questions will keep them engaged in school and make them more sophisticated thinkers.

LA school board president elected to 2nd term

Richard Vladovic's first year was of change: new funding, more iPads and a new set of learning standards.

iPads year 2: LA schools to launch teacher prep course

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.

Dust off those shelves: LA schools adding 200 library aides

Hundreds of Los Angeles Unified school libraries were shuttered since the recession. As school funds recover, many will be reopening in the fall.

LA school board passes $7.3 billion budget

Under new funding laws, Los Angeles Unified is expanding services to low-income students, foster youth and those learning English.

California not testing enough special education students

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.

This labor union wants to support schools

The union representing cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other school workers is starting a program offering health and mental health care in low-income schools.

Bypassing media, LA school fundraiser creates news blog

A new blog dedicated to all things L.A. Unified launched by LA Fund, an organization co-founded by Superintendent John Deasy.

Literacy program saved, but LA schools budget unchanged

The school board left a $7.3 billion budget mostly unchanged Tuesday. Administrators will find $500,000 to save a literacy program. The board also reinstated an iPad critic to an oversight committee.