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
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.
Parents are pitching tents to secure a seat in L.A. Unified’s advanced kindergarten program at Mar Vista Elementary. Some pay others to line up for them.
L.A. Unified shuttered hundreds of libraries after the recession. Many have reopened, but in poorer parts of L.A., hiring is lagging.
Creators of the Common Core say it emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. Some parents aren’t convinced.
Parents are debating whether LAUSD's new school calendar starting the year on Aug. 18 is a good idea. Some like it, some don't. Tell us what you think.
Counselors, art teachers and other staff could be laid off or reassigned next school year. The teachers union says the warnings are a bargaining scare tactic.
Los Angeles Unified expects to finish this year in the black. But next year, it predicts costs will soar and the district will face a $160 million deficit.
In the Los Angeles Unified school board race, incumbents in contested elections are facing runoffs. Are voters ready for change?
President Richard Vladovic led LAUSD's board through a year marked by troubled projects, but is widely supported by unions and charter school advocates.
Los Angeles Unified's school board races have drawn $2 million so far. Charter school advocates and teacher union contributions dominate the interests represented.