Let’s Talk Quid Pro Quo

Pearson Education benefitted greatly when states adopted Common Core. Obama used public money to incentivize the adoption of CC which eventually ended up in the pocket of Pearson.

Lori Hendry@Lrihendry
Obama gave Pearson Publishing $350 million to create Commoncore text and Pearson gave Obama a $65 million dollar book deal in return. Quid Pro Quo. Media silent…

I rate the tweet partly true, for now. Maybe someone has a link to the Obama administration giving public money directly to Pearson, rather than just obliquely.


There is enough “there” there, however, to launch an investigation.


Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton asks Gates about Gates’s Microsoft and the business relationship it has with international education corporation Pearson—and the possibility that Gates is promoting CCSS because of the potential for Microsoft to benefit financially from CCSS-related business arrangements.

Gates is not pleased with the question, and he states that Microsoft’s business arrangement with Pearson is not connected to CCSS. Still, Gates clearly promotes CCSS so that American education can be brought “to scale”—and to a level that only national and international education corporations could manage. Microsoft is a major corporation, and as such, it could benefit from CCSS. Layton’s question is appropriate and appears to hit a nerve with the billionaire founder of Microsoft.

As Layton points out, Pearson is also a major corporation that could benefit from CCSS.

As to Gates’s stated benefit of CCSS as promoting free market competition: Small education businesses, step aside. CCSS is for the big boys.

So much for “free market competition.”

Ever since the outset of CCSS, Pearson’s profit-hungry radar has been on alert. The intent of this chapter is to examine Pearson’s profitability hopes regarding CCSS. First, a brief word about the history of Pearson Education.

Since the 1950s, Pearson acquisitions have centered on publishing, including education publishing. Here are some of Pearson’s acquisitions since the mid-1950s: Financial Times (1957), Longman Publishing (1968), Penguin Publishing (1970) (Penguin expanded into the Penguin Group in 1983)


USA Today-

The Obama administration embraced the standards and encouraged states to adopt them as part of the application process for the Race to the Top grant program. Two state testing consortia — the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium — received $330 million from the grant program to develop standardized testing material tied to Common Core.



The Obamas are reportedly earning more than $65 million in this deal. That’s way more than the Clintons got.

Penguin Random House, which bought the two books, won’t discuss the numbers, but the Financial Times reports that the bidding for world rights surpassed $65 million

10 Comments on Let’s Talk Quid Pro Quo

  1. So who’s going to investigate this and pursue any wrongdoings they find?

    Republicans maybe? The same ones that didn’t do anything then?

    I doubt it. take a look at the number of Republicans being investigated by the Dems compared to the number of Dems being investigated by the Republicans. You will find an answer there if you don’t already know.

  2. The FBI can’t find their own thumbs stuck up their own asses.
    They’ve become the Demonrats’ “GESTAPO” and need to be disbanded.

    izlamo delenda est …

  3. My college teaching days began two years before Obama was elected and I left near the end of his first term. We almost exclusively used Pearson textbooks and I saw a notable change in them over the 6+ years, pushing a more liberal agenda. And that was in criminal justice courses. I can only imagine how social science and other texts may have changed.

  4. I hope Barry runs himself over in his own golf cart, and it rolls over him in two feet of water.
    And the Secret Service detail works bravely to fetch him out, but alas, too late

  5. Good old Revrum Wright´s “God-Damn America” autocratic, Constitution-stomping, Bullgarian-speaking, productivity-obstructing, court-tampering, dictatorial, monument-Barrycading, race-divisive, class-divisive, community-organizing, fundamentally-transforming maladroit feckless fruitloop and Marxist Muzlim Mallard who did anything he wanted to cuz he had a pen and a phone and demonstrated that laws mean nothing without enforcement…
    Lock him up!

  6. The Democrats will embezzle billions of dollars soon, as a reward for becoming elected to something…Conservatives will become tax slaves and ruined whenever someone they do not know decides to destroy them..Hillary “collapsed” her Foundation or more accurately , its purpose and now is worth billions of dollars…If not locked up, the Left will know that they have Nothing to fear..


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