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 School District attorneys will take on 10 to 15 cases of students who have cases in immigration court, providing the legal services for free.
Roberto Fonseca wasn’t happy with how things were going at his sons’ schools. So he joined a committee, and tried to improve conditions. It doesn’t end well.
As FBI scrutinizes emails between top staff and executives who landed a $500 million iPad deal, superintendent wants to save emails longer. Is two years enough?
Contributors paid for ex-LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy's expenses and the salaries of his deputies, and helped expand the breakfast program. What happens now?
About 5,000 children face deportation in Los Angeles immigration court. Sixty percent lack representation. LAUSD may assign attorneys to help fill the gap.
The U.S. Department of Education recommends LAUSD follow basic management practices, including planning and evaluation, to resolve its iPad and MiSiS project issues.
As LAUSD prepares to require ethnic studies, University of Arizona researchers found students taking Mexican American studies bettered their chances of graduating.
A year into California's major school funding reform, researchers say it's hard to tell if schools are investing in high-need students.
"It was kind of like a second premiere or something. It was a total blast. It was somewhere between Cannes, a Christmas Party, a protest and a wedding. It was really wonderful."
No guns, knives, explosives or liquids are allowed on flights, most passengers know. But what about that pecan pie that mom baked?
The bill for LAUSD's new student data system is expected to surpass $60 million as developers fix issues with class scheduling, grades and attendance.
Frustrated parents often have to fight to get their special education student more help. Their struggle may get worse as the cost of special ed increases.
Superintendent Ramon Cortines said students need more practice with iPads and Chromebooks before high-stakes testing hits schools.
Los Angeles school police are tracking students, and $700 tablets, as part of a district pilot program to increase security.
LAUSD is investing another $12 million over the next six weeks to fix the flawed MISIS data system and spending $22 million for iPads and laptops.