The office of the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, issued subpoenas this week to the foundation and to Pearson Education seeking documents and information related to their activities with state education officials, including at least four education conferences — in London, Helsinki, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro — since 2008, according to people familiar with the investigation. They are supported by United Opt Out National , a website that organized a campaign and petition drive to boycott Pearson evaluations of students, student teachers, and teachers. The company has reaped the benefits: Half its $8 billion in annual global sales comes from its North American education division.
But several top executives said they always work toward deals that benefit not just the company but its public-sector partners — and above all, the millions of students who use Pearson products daily. Pearson allocated the fund an initial $15 million in 2012 and another $50 million in January 2015.
A POLITICO investigation has found that Pearson stands to make tens of millions in taxpayer dollars and cuts in student tuition from deals arranged without competitive bids in states from Florida to Texas. The top quarter of Total Annual Pay, including equity and annual bonus for Pearson Education are more than $137K.
If Pearson achieves its vision, only the most destitute would remain in public schools in the world’s largest and fastest-growing cities. In fact, Nellie already knew the name Pearson from the tests and prep her sister took to get into nursing school. Ayala assembled a board of executives with international experience to create an education company that would mold middle and high school students into the perfect entry-level employees for foreign corporations.
In May 2012, students and teachers in the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus School of Education launched a national campaign challenging the forced implementation of Teacher Performance Assessment. It builds online degree programs for a long list of higher education clients, including George Washington University, Arizona State and Texas A&M.