Serious concerns about the financial performance of Pearson PLC, the world’s biggest education publisher, have prompted a trans-Atlantic alliance of pension funds to call on the company to urgently review its business strategy. The alliance, representing 193,000 Pearson voting shares, has submitted a shareholder resolution, which will be heard at the company’s annual general meeting in London in April. The resolution asks the education conglomerate to look again at its future business plans and end its over-reliance on high-stakes testing in the United States, the market that produces 60 percent of its profits, and questioning Pearson’s support for low-fee private schools in the developing world.

Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.

Trump fails a crucial test

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about Donald Trump's education policies amd how they would devastate our public education system.

Pearson: The call for a new direction in their business strategy for education

On March 22, 2016, investors and education stakeholders met with Pearson shareholders at the Council of Institutional Investors’ Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. On the agenda was Pearson’s lackluster stock performance, souring public opinion, and the economic imperative for Pearson to reevaluate their approach to the business of education. View the presentations in several languages below.


Pearson: The whole truth

Pearson’s recent response to our Pearson Shareholders Resolution indicates just how significantly the company fails to grasp the gaping holes in its business strategy that inspired the resolution in the first place. By cherry-picking carefully selected facts and omitting pertinent data, we believe that Pearson fails to give its shareholders a complete and unfettered assessment of what’s gone wrong.