The fourth video of the Project Veritas series on Common Core shows Gilbert Garcia, a former executive who worked for Houghton Mifflin for 31 years, caught on camera claiming that the textbook industry is not based on merit and that politics often impact contractual procedures. “I’m going to share this, but it never came from me, the reality was that the evaluations that were done on all the supposed competitors, Pearson was not the real winner, yet Pearson got the contract,” said Garcia. Click HERE to see first video; HERE to see the second; HERE to see the third.
The contract Garcia is referring to is a 1.3 billion dollar deal to put Apple iPads loaded with curriculum into the Los Angeles public school system, a deal that was made in 2013. All of the top textbook publishers wanted to bid for that contract, but according to Garcia, the bidding was rigged, and Pearson, the country’s largest textbook publisher, received the contract.
“You have a conflict of interest, you have an evaluation that led to the selection of a company that wasn’t even clearly the number one company,” said Garcia.
When an undercover Project Veritas journalist asked Garcia why it was not known to the public that Pearson was not the number one publisher and why the news had not yet reported on the issue, Garcia said, “because it was an evaluation that was done behind closed doors…Maybe somebody hasn’t discovered it yet.”
Kim Koerber, a former Pearson executive who worked with the company for more than 20 years, is also featured in this video, agreeing that the LA bidding contract was rigged in Pearson’s favor. “The contract was written for Pearson to win…All the companies knew that…Everybody knew that it was written for Pearson,” said Koerber. Click HERE to read the entire article.