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.

Got a story idea? Annie would love to hear it. Email her at agilbertson@scpr.org .


Stories by Annie Gilbertson

Despite $20 billion in bonds, LA school repairs backlogged

L.A. school board committee finds backlog of 50,000 campus repair requests. Officials say budget for repairs has been slashed by more than 65% since 2008.

LA school board's closed-door appointment criticized

After closed-door discussions, L.A. Unified voted to appoint a temporary member to the school board. A government transparency expert says that's against the law.

Facebook group prompts discussion at school board

Teacher Matt Kogan never thought his collection of photos of crumbling schools would result in change. Then his Facebook group grabbed headlines.

LA school board launches new library task force

The group will outline a plan to come up with the needed funding to run all school libraries. About half of L.A. Unified libraries are currently without staff.

LA school board nixes temporary advocate for South LA

After the board gave the initial nod in January, an unusual advocate position looked liked it would move forward. But the move failed on Tuesday.

LA schools' Wi-Fi networks will cost about $800 million

Some have complained that paying $770 per iPad for schools is too much; new figures show L.A. Unified will spend more money this year getting those tablets online.

LA school officials ignored inventories in iPad buy

Officials reported Thursday that school site computer need wasn't considered when buying 45,000 new iPads to administer digital standardized tests this spring.

How much power will non-voting LA school board member have?

With the election to fill Marguerite LaMotte's seat months away, a school board committee will meet Tuesday to craft the role of a temporary nonvoting advocate.

LA school employees publicize crumbling schools on Facebook

Unnamed employees snap photos of broken sinks, missing tiles and other problems they say show a school district in need of basic upkeep, not iPads.

State finds errors in LA schools' iPad math lessons

There’s another wrinkle in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s iPads program: the software receives only partial and conditional approval.

LA schools to get 45K more iPads for spring tests

With new digital state tests two months away, Superintendent John Deasy ordered a slew of new iPads. The devices don't come with Pearson educational software.

LA school officials in the dark over computer inventories

Superintendent Deasy has gotten a green light to rush order iPads for tests, but a closer looks shows tens of thousands of computer unaccounted for.

Advocates want to limit uses of student data

Software and education publishing companies use student data to improve products and increase sales, but advocates - and many parents - are concerned.

With Colby smoke, schools keep students indoors

Principals want to limit students' exposure to smoke and ash

Report finds more LA school libraries closed

It took school board member Monica Ratliff's office months of phone calls to find out how many libraries do not have staff: 332. Now, she wants to get them reopened.