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Wed Dec 21, 2011, 10:01 PM

NY AG investigating Pearson

Testing Firm Faces Inquiry on Free Trips for Officials

New York Stateís attorney general is investigating whether the Pearson Foundation, the nonprofit arm of one of the nationís largest educational publishers, acted improperly to influence state education officials by paying for overseas trips and other perks.

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 ó in London, Helsinki, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro ó since 2008, according to people familiar with the investigation.

At issue is whether the activities of the tax-exempt Pearson Foundation, which is prohibited by state law from engaging in undisclosed lobbying, were used to benefit Pearson Education, a for-profit company, according to these people. Pearson sells standardized tests, packaged curriculums and Prentice Hall textbooks.

Specifically, the attorney generalís investigation is looking at whether foundation employees improperly sought to influence state officials or procurement processes to obtain lucrative state contracts, and whether the employees failed to disclose lobbying activities in annual filings with the attorney generalís office. The inquiry follows two columns about the conferences by Michael Winerip in The New York Times this fall.

more . . . http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/education/new-york-attorney-general-is-investigating-pearson-education.html?_r=1

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Thu Dec 22, 2011, 12:38 PM

1. I wish my state would do something similar.

Pearson has their dirty little fingers in so many pies, it's obscene.

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Thu Dec 22, 2011, 04:39 PM

2. Good. Take em down!

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