Pressure grows on Pearson over pay row, while sales steady

PEARSON reported some improvement in sales today, but a row over executive pay and an impending management shake-up continue to dog the company.

The education publisher saw overall sales tumble 14% in the nine months to September, but global online sales also grew 14%.

Sales in the third quarter fell 10%, an improvement on the 28% fall in the second quarter.

John Fallow, the chief executive to be replaced by Andy Bird next week, said: “Our digital performance is very strong, as we support customers and learners around the world as they shift to fully online and hybrid learning. This has been a challenging transformation for all of us but we are starting to see the benefit of all our work to ensure Pearson becomes the winner in digital learning.”


A third of shareholders have voted against the pay deal offered to Bird, a former Disney executive. He could qualify

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Self-described ‘shy Korean boy’ grows up to become Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

SALT LAKE CITY — A self-described “shy Korean boy,” John Arthur credits his junior high and high school teachers for helping him find his voice.



John Arthur, Utah’s Teacher of the Year, wears a special punk tuxedo jacket and gym shorts as he poses for a photo in his sixth grade classroom at Meadowlark Elementary School in Salt Lake City after learning of the award on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.


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John Arthur, Utah’s Teacher of the Year, wears a special punk tuxedo jacket and gym shorts as he poses for a photo in his sixth grade classroom at Meadowlark Elementary School in Salt Lake City after learning of the award on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

“If it wasn’t for them, one, I might not have made it through high school, but two, I certainly wouldn’t be a teacher and I wouldn’t have the guts to say anything that’s on my mind or my heart,” said Arthur, addressing the Utah State Board of Education Thursday, moments after being name Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

Now in his eighth year of teaching, Arthur teaches sixth grade at Meadowlark Elementary School, a

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Pandemic’s Impact On Higher Education Grows Larger; Now Estimated to Exceed $120 Billion

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it’s financial impact on American colleges and universities is now estimated to substantially exceed $120 billion. That’s according to a recent letter from the American Council of Education (ACE) and dozens of other organizations representing the nation’s two- and four year colleges.

The letter was sent to House of Representative leaders as the House considers another financial relief package that would provide additional stimulus checks and unemployment benefits to individual Americans, along with more money for small businesses, the states, Covid-19 interventions, and education as the economy continues to struggle to recover from the effects of the pandemic. House Democrats have just this week proposed a revised Heroes Act containing a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package that includes many provisions from its original

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