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 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.

Cash short, LA school district imposes hiring freeze

L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines said he anticipates deficits the next two school years, but a freeze on staff hires comes as state funds are increasing.

LA schools police need $8M to keep students with iPads safe

Worried about safety, Los Angeles Unified kept 90,000 iPads on campuses. Now, school officials want to send them home, but are they ready?

With Deasy out, is LA schools' iPad program 'dead'?

L.A. Unified's controversial iPad program lost its biggest supporter week when Superintendent John Deasy stepped down earlier this month. Will the program leave with him?

LA school board approves $300K contract for superintendent

Former L.A. school superintendent Ramon Cortines was coaxed out of retirement with a $300,000 annual salary to step in for John Deasy.

Deasy blames politics after stepping down as superintendent

Former L.A. Unified Superintendent Deasy declared politics have thwarted "student-centered" reforms. Some members of the education community agree. But not all.