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
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 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.
Los Angeles Unified students in suburban areas are further behind in college prep coursework than their urban core peers, new data shows.
State auditors said the errors "could mislead parents of potential students and other interested stakeholders regarding the school environment."
Los Angeles Unified school board challengers are spending tens of thousands on attack ads about the iPad program. KPCC truth-squads their claims.
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.
A Los Angeles Unified audit was sealed at the request of a school board member until it was obtained by KPCC.
Asian and white students are labeled as gifted in disproportionately higher numbers than black and Latino students, according to data released by LAUSD.
Forget iPads for all. A new Los Angeles Unified task force suggests letting school communities select the student devices they need.
Los Angeles Unified's iPad issues leave students "under-prepared" for new Common Core state exams, according to a district report.
Did Los Angeles Unified properly disclose its plans to purchase iPads with bond funds? The Securities and Exchange Commission is asking questions.
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.
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.
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.
The California Supreme Court issues a ruling in a feud between charter schools and Los Angeles Unified over sharing school space.