Pearson School Systems' purchase of Apple's PowerSchool is just the latest in a long list of deals for its parent company, British media giant Pearson PLC. Over the last eight years, Pearson PLC--which owns the Financial Times and Penguin Books, among many other businesses--has steadily acquired a number of U.S. education companies and ed-tech firms. Here are some highlights of Pearson's aggressive growth:

1998: Pearson Education is created from the merger of Addison-Wesley Longman and the educational businesses of Simon & Schuster. In acquiring the educational holdings of Simon & Schuster for $4.6 billion,

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