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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
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.
As schools transition to the new Common Core curriculum, the state's top education official wants tests to be practice only.
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.
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.
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.
With several new state-mandated priorities and funding streams, L.A. Unified officials are still working out how to spend millions in new cash.
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.