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 schools: 'English learner' tests incorrectly label bilingual kids

Is it too easy to get in English learning programs in California — and too hard to get out? One Torrance girl has been incorrectly labeled for five years.

Lawsuit claims LA elementary schools skipping PE

As part of a large class-action lawsuit, school staff are being asked to hold on to all records showing how much physical education is being provided to students.

How do you teach students to ask questions?

Some experts say teaching students to ask questions will keep them engaged in school and make them more sophisticated thinkers.

LA school board president elected to 2nd term

Richard Vladovic's first year was of change: new funding, more iPads and a new set of learning standards.

iPads year 2: LA schools to launch teacher prep course

The L.A. Unified school district will deliver more tablets and laptops to students this fall. To prepare, teachers will soon be required to take a technology course.

Dust off those shelves: LA schools adding 200 library aides

Hundreds of Los Angeles Unified school libraries were shuttered since the recession. As school funds recover, many will be reopening in the fall.

LA school board passes $7.3 billion budget

Under new funding laws, Los Angeles Unified is expanding services to low-income students, foster youth and those learning English.

California not testing enough special education students

Federal officials say few California special education students are on grade level and many aren't even tested. If reforms aren't met, funds could be withheld.

This labor union wants to support schools

The union representing cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other school workers is starting a program offering health and mental health care in low-income schools.

Bypassing media, LA school fundraiser creates news blog

A new blog dedicated to all things L.A. Unified launched by LA Fund, an organization co-founded by Superintendent John Deasy.

Literacy program saved, but LA schools budget unchanged

The school board left a $7.3 billion budget mostly unchanged Tuesday. Administrators will find $500,000 to save a literacy program. The board also reinstated an iPad critic to an oversight committee.

How is your school spending its budget? Search KPCC's database

You can look up how much money L.A. Unified is sending to your school and how it will be spent. Counselors? Librarians? Nurses? It's all here.

Draft budget reveals LA schools still short

Despite a $330 million bump in state funds, a preliminary budget for each L.A. Unified school reveals many students will go without some services. Look up your school's budget.

LA school board to vote on reinstating iPad critic

Stuart Magruder kept complaining about the price and rocky rollout of L.A. Unified's iPad program. The school board removed him from an oversight committee.

Parent group battling LA school officials over leadership

Members of a parent committee are fighting for more independence. An L.A. Unified lawyer warns they may be violating open meetings laws.