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.

Got a story idea? Annie would love to hear it. Email her at agilbertson@scpr.org .


Stories by Annie Gilbertson

Report on charters shows LA schools have a lot to learn

Charter schools weren't surprised a Stanford University think tank found they're doing much better than traditional public schools. Why isn't L.A. Unified adapting?

Westside parents bristle at free classroom breakfast

L.A. Unified plans to serve all students a free breakfast in the classroom. Parents are now circulating a petition asking for schools sites to be able to opt out.

Truancy bills propose to revamp data collection in California schools

California is one of only four states in the country that does not track student attendance. Attorney General Kamala Harris announced legislation to address the issue.

Questions arise over LA schools' iPad software

Piecing together records, tours of the software and interviews, KPCC has found problems that raise questions about the district’s process for awarding the contract.

LA schools' iPads missing another key accessory: earbuds

Tens of thousands of earbuds will have to be put on rush order so students can hear parts of the new digital state test this spring.

L.A. Unified board to consider expansion of computer science offerings

Only one-in-three of the district's high schools have basic courses and no advanced placement courses are offered in the city's poorer neighborhoods.

LA schools computer labs may grow, despite iPad program

School board member Tamar Galatzan supports buying iPads for every L.A. Unified student. She's also asking for additional computer labs in her district.

Former LA schools leader: iPad purchase improper

A former L.A. Unified superintendent says using bond money to buy iPads is illegal. Oversight committee will take up his complaints at Thursday meeting.

Despite $20 billion in bonds, LA school repairs backlogged

L.A. school board committee finds backlog of 50,000 campus repair requests. Officials say budget for repairs has been slashed by more than 65% since 2008.

LA school board's closed-door appointment criticized

After closed-door discussions, L.A. Unified voted to appoint a temporary member to the school board. A government transparency expert says that's against the law.

Facebook group prompts discussion at school board

Teacher Matt Kogan never thought his collection of photos of crumbling schools would result in change. Then his Facebook group grabbed headlines.

LA school board launches new library task force

The group will outline a plan to come up with the needed funding to run all school libraries. About half of L.A. Unified libraries are currently without staff.

LA school board nixes temporary advocate for South LA

After the board gave the initial nod in January, an unusual advocate position looked liked it would move forward. But the move failed on Tuesday.

LA schools' Wi-Fi networks will cost about $800 million

Some have complained that paying $770 per iPad for schools is too much; new figures show L.A. Unified will spend more money this year getting those tablets online.

LA school officials ignored inventories in iPad buy

Officials reported Thursday that school site computer need wasn't considered when buying 45,000 new iPads to administer digital standardized tests this spring.