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

Officer Involved: The black box of police shooting investigations

Law enforcement agencies aren't required to report data on police shootings, and few do.

Officer Involved: Unarmed and dangerous?

One in four people shot by officers in L.A. County between 2010 and 2015 was unarmed, and only one LAPD officer during that time was fired for violating policy.

Officer Involved: A call for help

Some of the most troubling police shootings in L.A. County involved people in mental health crisis.

Deputies shoot carjacker after restaurant standoff in Downey

LA County Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a carjacking suspect who led authorities on a chase, then took hostages inside Chris & Pitts barbecue in Downey.

What would you want most in the next LAUSD superintendent?

Los Angeles Unified leaders struggle to improve the education of hundreds of thousands of students. Vote in our poll on what attributes in the new superintendent would most matter to you.

$8-billion LAUSD budget approved by board shores up operations

L.A. Unified is using a $800 million funding increase to pay for costs deferred during the recession. Advocates say not enough is going to students in need.

LAUSD budget plan calls for cuts in preschool seats

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines is proposing to cut the preschool program by a third over the next couple of years.

School police debate turns raucous at LAUSD hearing

As the discussion on police shootings grows nationwide, advocates say South L.A. students don’t feel safe around school police officers with guns.

LAUSD looks to summer classes to boost graduation

Many Los Angeles Unified students will spend the next month cramming in college-prep classes as the district attempts to help them meet higher graduation standards.

LAUSD draft budget targets students in need, but falls short for some

As the Los Angeles Unified School District prepares its spending plan, advocates say English learners, foster youth and low-income students aren't allotted enough.

LAUSD board approves D grade to pass college prep classes

Los Angeles Unified agreed a decade ago to require college preparation courses to graduate. But the higher requirement hasn't meant drastically better outcomes.

LAUSD students leaving detention now helped back to school

Los Angeles Unified has more students going in and out of juvenile detention than any other district in the country. A program helps them re-enroll, if they want it.

Additional cost for repairs to LAUSD data system: $80M

The bill for Los Angeles Unified's customized student data software rises to more than $130 million as developers continue to fix bugs in the MiSiS system.

LAUSD's declining student numbers prompting marketing ideas

Los Angeles Unified loses about 15,000 students every year. Many families flock to charters that market their higher performance and smaller class sizes.

Expected cost for ethnic studies graduation requirement: $73M

LAUSD's school board approved an ethnic studies graduation requirement last year. The latest estimate for it is pegged at far more than first suggested.