Upper Saddle River, New Jersey — May 26, 2010 – Pearson, the education services and technology company, announced today that it has worked with Newark Public Schools to integrated their respective purchasing systems, making it one of the first joint ventures of this kind in the nation. The new set up links Newark’s 75 schools straight to the Pearson’s online ordering platform. Through this innovative collaboration, Newark’s educators can order learning products and programs utilizing the district’s contracted prices to reduce costs.

The new cost-efficient, paperless feature went online in April and is the equivalent of a person ordering books via the Internet, but with school budget limits and purchasing codes in place to prevent mistakes. Pearson anticipates additional system-to-system connections will be made with other school districts to achieve similar savings throughout the country.

Pearson’s CEO of K-12 Curriculum Peter Cohen said, “By joining forces with one of the leading school districts in the nation, we have streamlined processes to lower schools’ costs of doing business in an era of tight budgets. Through this system, we’re harnessing technology to ensure Newark’s learners have their materials in a timely, cost-effective manner. And, we’re confident that other districts throughout the nation can benefit from a similar system-to-system connection.”

“As New Jersey’s largest school district, the Newark Public Schools is saving time and money by embarking on this new purchasing feature,” said Newark Public Schools Chief Financial Officer/School Business Administrator Valerie V. Wilson. “We thank Pearson for believing in us and our joint venture. Their staff has worked well with our team to achieve our goal of having the new feature up and running within a year.”

Explaining the differences between the old and new systems, Newark Public Schools Director of Purchasing Joyce Lee said, “By teaming up with Pearson’s capabilities, ordering becomes easier and we are expediting delivery and reducing costs by eliminating the need for the district to maintain online catalogues and mail out price lists. In addition, the system eliminates typing errors, eliminates the time involved for a buyer or school staff to obtain quotes. It eliminates postage and mail handling because purchase orders are transmitted to the vendor’s ordering system the same day they are approved. Schools can see item availability at the time the order is created, and they automatically receive email confirmations from Pearson when orders are received and shipped. This reduces the amount of time spent on the phone following up on deliveries.”

About Newark Public Schools
The Newark Public Schools District is the largest and one of the oldest school systems in New Jersey. The district serves approximately 40,000 students in 75 schools ranging from Pre-K to twelfth grade, and employs approximately 7,500 staff within the schools and Central Office.

About Pearson
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education, teacher training, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Visit www.pearsoned.com for more information.

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Lisa Wolfe