Annie Gilbertson Education Reporter

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Annie Gilbertson is an Education Reporter for Southern California Public Radio, covering the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Before joining KPCC, Annie worked for the Southern Education Desk, a CPB-funded project that brought together radio, television and web reporters across the South. She focused her reporting on issues of race and poverty in schools - and brings her experience covering issues of inequality to Southern California. Her work has been featured by NPR, Deutsche Welle, Huffington Post, NBC and Chicago Public Radio, among others.

Annie grew up in Huntington Beach, California. She got hooked on radio reporting in college at Auburn University, where she graduated with a degree in English. When she’s not geeking-out over spreadsheets, you can find her taking dance classes and driving endlessly around Los Angeles.

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Stories by Annie Gilbertson

LA Unified board approves $3.6M for data system 'bailout'

Hundreds of schools across L.A. Unified still struggle to track attendance, record grades and schedule students. Officials say the problem is dated computers.

$1.1M Jefferson High plan approved by school board

Los Angeles Unified plan calls for spending $1.1 million to fund an additional 30-minute school day, add 15 new class sections, and increase support personnel.

Many LA Unified elementary school libraries still closed

Children's classics like "Madeline" and "Matilda" are out of reach for about 100,000 Los Angeles Unified students. The issue is library staffing.

Court-directed planning begins to fix Jefferson High issues

L.A. Unified and Jefferson High School staff meet to plan how to correct student class scheduling problems cited in lawsuit.

Audit found Magnolia charters operator in red by mid-2013

Auditors found Magnolia Public School borrowed cash from classrooms by June 2013 to stay afloat while limited funds went to immigration fees and a Europe trip.

Parents, students focus on schools as Deasy evaluated

Students and parents may not know all about the politics swirling around the Superintendent John Deasy. What do they care about? The classroom.

LA Unified inspector general seeks more funds

A new report from the L.A. Unified inspector general shows 46 percent decrease in funding is creating a backlog of audits and investigations.

LA school board takes hard look at Superintendent Deasy

Members of the board are questioning John Deasy's effectiveness and the direction he has set down in running the second largest school district in the country.

Oversight group puts brakes on more testing iPads in LA schools

LA Unified staff requested 22,000 more computers for spring testing. A committee wants more answers before it green lights another iPad purchase.

Universal student breakfast falling short so far

Los Angeles Unified will serve 55 million breakfasts this year. That may sound like a lot of French toast and milk, but participation so far is lower than hoped.

In wake of port fire, more questions about LA schools data system

Issues with transcripts and emergency tracking are adding to concerns arising from a glitchy computer system.

LA school board preparing for Deasy's annual review

The school board evaluates Superintendent John Deasy every October. This year, a controversial iPad contract and botched student data system is upping the pressure.

Few LA students using Pearson's iPad software, survey shows

Only 30 of 245 classrooms used iPads for English and Math instruction. Most used it as word processor, to watch non-academic movies or play games.

LA schools need 100,000 fixes - including fire hazards

Since 1997, voters approved $19.5 billion to fix crumbling campuses and build new schools. But KPCC found unmet repairs are piling-up.

County approves LA schools controversial budget

The Los Angeles County Office of Education gives a green light to Los Angeles Unified's plans for high-need student programs.