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

LA Unified to hire 122 teacher coaches

The coaches will help implement the Common Core — new national standards that emphasize critical thinking — and will likely be pulled from classrooms.

UPDATED: Deasy 'saddened' by departure of deputy

L.A. Unified Superintendent of Instruction Jaime Aquino decides to step down amid the biggest curriculum change in recent district history.

Top school official resigns amid turn to new teaching standard

Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Jaime Aquino has notified the Los Angeles Unified School District that he plans to resign from his post at the end of the year, a district spokesman said.

Not so fast: LA Unified spending for new standards delayed

L.A .Unified's board cited concerns about hiring 122 new teacher coaches and providing flexible cash for schools. Vote was put off a week.

Federal government: cutting student tests could lead to fine

The federal government said it would take action against California if it enacts legislation that would drastically reduce student testing this school year.

LA Unified schools may get to choose how to spend new funds

Under a new proposal, schools would hold the purse strings for about $40 million in Common Core spending. Most of the rest would go to district hires.

Zimmer wants rules on charters sharing campuses, recruiting

L.A. Unified board member Steve Zimmer proposes going to the state with what he calls the burdens of Prop 39. He also wants to limit charters' student recruitment.

New California tests would be 'practice'

As schools transition to the new Common Core curriculum, the state's top education official wants tests to be practice only.

New coalition seeks to influence LA Unified's spending

More state cash is coming to the Los Angeles Unified School District. And some advocacy groups are seizing what they see as an opportunity to help shape policy.

API scores: Only about half of LA Unified charters on course

Scores out Thursday show only about half of L.A. Unified charter schools meet the state's performance goal. Some have struggled for years, but remain open.

Territory battle: LA Unified vs charters

It's a classic roommate feud: About 77 charters share space with traditional L.A. Unified schools and said they are getting short changed. The state Supreme Court is stepping in.

More money, more problems? LA Unified wrestles with influx of cash

With several new state-mandated priorities and funding streams, L.A. Unified officials are still working out how to spend millions in new cash.

LA Unified to cash in $113 million for Common Core

The district will get a cash infusion from the state to implement the new standards. Officials say most of the money will be spent on teacher training.