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 board votes to extend superintendent contract a year

At 83 years old, interim Supt. Ramon Cortines stepped in last fall to take over from John Deasy, but not all of his reforms have been popular.

Students, nonprofits pushing voters to LAUSD board elections

Students and nonprofits are working to get voters out to the Los Angeles Unified school board elections on May 19. Three contested seats are at stake.

LAUSD's Valley students more at risk for graduation failure

Los Angeles Unified students in suburban areas are further behind in college prep coursework than their urban core peers, new data shows.

LA's Magnolia charters 'grossly' underreported truancies, audit finds

State auditors said the errors "could mislead parents of potential students and other interested stakeholders regarding the school environment."

LAUSD iPads: Some board members more supportive than others

Los Angeles Unified school board challengers are spending tens of thousands on attack ads about the iPad program. KPCC truth-squads their claims.

LAUSD rejects Miramonte pupils' claim for larger settlement

Los Angeles Unified says "no" to a group of Miramonte students who seek the millions more that later claimants received in the sex abuse case.

LAUSD finds financial issues at board candidate's charter

A Los Angeles Unified audit was sealed at the request of a school board member until it was obtained by KPCC.

Asian, white students overrepresented among LAUSD's gifted

Asian and white students are labeled as gifted in disproportionately higher numbers than black and Latino students, according to data released by LAUSD.

LAUSD iPads: Task force tackles next step in tech program

Forget iPads for all. A new Los Angeles Unified task force suggests letting school communities select the student devices they need.

LAUSD classrooms play catchup after iPad troubles

Los Angeles Unified's iPad issues leave students "under-prepared" for new Common Core state exams, according to a district report.

SEC scrutinizes LAUSD bond-financed iPad program

Did Los Angeles Unified properly disclose its plans to purchase iPads with bond funds? The Securities and Exchange Commission is asking questions.

LAUSD dumps Apple iPad software, demands millions in refunds

LA Unified says it is "extremely dissatisfied" with software publisher Pearson's work for the iPad program. If a deal isn't reached, LAUSD could take Apple to court.

LAUSD's multibillion-dollar health care deal wins approval

A majority of LAUSD's school board approved a $1 billion employee health care agreement, but turned down a call to look into the district's mounting financial obligations.

LAUSD board to vote on $1B in health care costs sans budget

The school board has discussed cuts to preschool, counselors and the arts, but still hasn't laid eyes on a draft budget for next year.

Court ruling may open more school space to charters

The California Supreme Court issues a ruling in a feud between charter schools and Los Angeles Unified over sharing school space.