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

LAUSD outside monitor: MiSiS scheduling system improving

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.

Parents battle for special ed services as the tab rises

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.

LAUSD superintendent seeks state testing relief

Superintendent Ramon Cortines said students need more practice with iPads and Chromebooks before high-stakes testing hits schools.

Amid safety concerns, some LAUSD students taking home iPads

Los Angeles school police are tracking students, and $700 tablets, as part of a district pilot program to increase security.

LAUSD board approves $34 million for MiSiS fixes, computers

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.

LAUSD iPad program focus of grand jury probe

A federal grand jury will meet Friday to investigate whether criminal laws were violated in connection with the district's iPad program.

Ex-LAUSD superintendent flew 100k miles

Former LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy averaged three out-of-town excursions a month last year, racking up the equivalent of four trips around the world.

LAUSD expanding iPad tablet tech program once again

Under new leadership, the Los Angeles Unified school district moves full-steam ahead with its iPad program, expanding it to 27 schools.

LAUSD inspector general: Data system 'grossly inadequate'

LAUSD new student data system failed to schedule student classes, track attendance and record grades. The inspector general says it's time for outside monitoring.

New LAUSD superintendent resurrects iPad contract

Former superintendent John Deasy canceled the iPad contract after KPCC reported he met with vendors before bids. Ramon Cortines wants to use it buy more devices.

Ethnic studies requirement added for LAUSD graduation

LAUSD is the second district in the state to require students to take classes in ethnic studies, the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity and culture.

LAUSD head to ask for $53M to repair district's info system

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines plans to ask the school board next month for additional $53 million in bond funding to repair the district's computerized student information system.

LAUSD board to weigh bond request for building repairs

L.A. Unified officials estimate $40 billion in repairs are going unmet. Voters could see a request for more cash, though some feel burned by past projects.

LA students suffer widespread childhood trauma

Violence, economic insecurity and neglect are the reality for many Los Angeles kids, a new report finds. These students struggle to do well in school.

What you need to know about LA schools' data system

L.A. Unified's student data system failed to schedule students, track attendance and record grades. Many ask how the school district got to this point.