Making its second acquisition of a major competitor in less than a week, Pearson School Systems announced yesterday that it is purchasing Chancery Software Ltd., a leading publisher of student information systems (SIS) and library automation software for schools. Last week, the education-focused division of the British media company Pearson PLC purchased another top competitor, Apple Computer's PowerSchool division (see story: Pearson buys Apple's PowerSchool).

The moves make Pearson far and away the largest provider of SIS solutions for the K-12 market, with the size of its SIS business having doubled in a matter of days. But some educators who


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