In the fourth installment of Project Veritas’s Common Core undercover series brings to light some interesting tidbits about Pearson and the LAUSD (Los Angeles United School District) in California.
Much of what was revealed supports what Michelle Malkin had written about the sketchy iPad debacle in LAUSD.
Here at StopCommonCoreNC.org, we followed this case and others involving Pearson and various contracts, especially that of AIR’s lawsuit in New Mexico which alleged bid rigging for the Common Core tests. Also, remember that “Emergency Contract” in Mississippi? See the related reading at the bottom of this article for more.
Key Quotes from the video:
“The reality is that Pearson was not the clear winner, yet Pearson got the contract”
“the contract was written for Pearson to win. All the companies knew that. When they…everybody knew that it was written for Pearson.”
Head over to Breitbart for a thorough run-down of the key pieces and implications of this fourth video.
States probably should have their Attorney Generals looking into the relationships, contracts and bidding processes surrounding deals done with Pearson. One might suspect that what happened in California is not an outlier.
We’ve already seen how Pearson was handed the state’s school data system contract simply for having an existing relationship. In fact, the Pearson-DPI relationship is long and expensive.
Flashback to 2013, where this information was left in the comments :
“Lady Liberty – let me save you some time. There was no RFP for Powerschool. NCWISE is just a label. The NCWISE uses a product called ESIS – and ESIS is a product developed an maintained by a company called aal. Well back in 2010 aal was purchased by….wait for it…Pearson. Pearson announced the end of support for the ESIS product shortly after the acquisition and essentially “upgraded” the State to Powerschool from ESIS for the same annual cost to the State. Both products sit atop Oracle DB technology.”
The commenter later said there was a “long RFP process” between two vendors for a different product, one being Pearson. Pearson came out on top.
North Carolina adopted Pearson’s Powerschool for the whole state, despite it never having been used in a manner to serve an entire state before.
Powerschool was rife with problems from the start – some of which are still occurring. Freedom of Information Documentation I’ve obtained showed that Powerschool was pushed to launch too soon and that cost A LOT of money.