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
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.
Los Angeles Unified agreed a decade ago to require college preparation courses to graduate. But the higher requirement hasn't meant drastically better outcomes.
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.
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.
Los Angeles Unified loses about 15,000 students every year. Many families flock to charters that market their higher performance and smaller class sizes.
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.
The Los Angeles Unified School District's newly elected board will deal with a budget hit by students leaving for charter schools. Will the board recruit them back?
Political action committee spending in this year's Los Angeles Unified election is 15 times higher than it was 2009. Many donors aren't disclosed ahead of elections.
Los Angeles Unified teachers have a lot at stake in Tuesday's school board election. Are they in danger of losing their political clout?
A $5 million investment to replace toilets will cut water use by 100 million gallons each year, according to Los Angeles Unified district officials.
At 83 years old, interim Supt. Ramon Cortines stepped in last fall to take over from John Deasy, but not all of his reforms have been popular.
Students and nonprofits are working to get voters out to the Los Angeles Unified school board elections on May 19. Three contested seats are at stake.
Los Angeles Unified students in suburban areas are further behind in college prep coursework than their urban core peers, new data shows.
State auditors said the errors "could mislead parents of potential students and other interested stakeholders regarding the school environment."
Los Angeles Unified school board challengers are spending tens of thousands on attack ads about the iPad program. KPCC truth-squads their claims.