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's declining student numbers prompting marketing ideas

Los Angeles Unified loses about 15,000 students every year. Many families flock to charters that market their higher performance and smaller class sizes.

Expected cost for ethnic studies graduation requirement: $73M

LAUSD's school board approved an ethnic studies graduation requirement last year. The latest estimate for it is pegged at far more than first suggested.

New LAUSD school board haunted by old problems

The Los Angeles Unified School District's newly elected board will deal with a budget hit by students leaving for charter schools. Will the board recruit them back?

LAUSD board election drawing big PAC money

Political action committee spending in this year's Los Angeles Unified election is 15 times higher than it was 2009. Many donors aren't disclosed ahead of elections.

Election 2015: Teachers central to debate as voters head to LAUSD polls

Los Angeles Unified teachers have a lot at stake in Tuesday's school board election. Are they in danger of losing their political clout?

LAUSD upgrading toilets to save water during drought

A $5 million investment to replace toilets will cut water use by 100 million gallons each year, according to Los Angeles Unified district officials.

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.