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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and SchoolMatch Announce Alliance To Provide
Management Consulting and Information Services to the K-12 Education Market

ARLINGTON, Va., March 22, 2000 - PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the world's largest professional services organization, and SchoolMatch, a premier school database provider, today announced a strategic alliance to offer a broad array of management consulting and information services to the nation's elementary and secondary schools.

      As part of the alliance, PricewaterhouseCoopers' K-12 education management consulting practice will work with SchoolMatch's education research and data group to assist governing boards and administrators in reform efforts in the country's 15,660 public school districts and 14,000 accredited private schools. The goal of the alliance is to help local school districts, state departments of education, and other education providers benchmark and improve their performance.

     "We believe that the combination of SchoolMatch's extensive databases and PricewaterhouseCoopers' management consulting services will provide school districts with unparalleled access to comparative and benchmark information on demand," said Robert Sampieri, director of PricewaterhouseCoopers' K-12 education consulting practice.

     School districts frequently want to know how effective they are when compared to other districts with similar demographic and socioeconomic student populations. The alliance between PricewaterhouseCoopers and SchoolMatch will help provide enhanced management and information services to schools across the nation to address these and other issues.

     SchoolMatch databases contain critical information on every public school district and accredited private school in the United States, including enrollment statistics, performance measures, and budget data. PricewaterhouseCoopers' K-12 education practice provides management consulting services to local school boards and states to help them improve financial, personnel, instructional, food service, transportation, purchasing, and maintenance operations.

     PricewaterhouseCoopers' K-12 education consulting practice has performed management consulting services for schools across the country, reviewing school district practices and operations and developing recommendations to help them significantly improve efficiency and effectiveness. The practice provides local school districts and state departments of education a wide array of consulting services, including performance reviews, technology integration services, and special needs analyses services.

     "We have been privileged to work with hundreds of school districts in benchmarking and improving student performance," said Steven M. Sundre, Ph.D., SchoolMatch executive vice president. "From Manchester, New Hampshire, to Sarasota, Florida, to Fort Worth, Texas, to San Jose, California, our academic benchmarking has been embraced as a critical element in the school improvement process. Our alliance with PricewaterhouseCoopers will help enhance this mission."

About PricewaterhouseCoopers

      The Management Consulting Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers helps clients maximize their business performance by integrating strategic change, process improvements and technology solutions. Through a worldwide network of skills and resources, consultants manage complex projects with global capabilities and local knowledge, from strategy through implementation. PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwcglobal.com) is the world's largest professional services organization. Drawing on the knowledge and skills of more than 150,000 people in 150 countries, we help our clients solve complex business problems and measurably enhance their ability to build value, manage risk and improve performance in an Internet-enabled world.

     PricewaterhouseCoopers refers to the member firms of the worldwide PricewaterhouseCoopers organization.

About SchoolMatch

      SchoolMatch is an education research and database service firm that specializes in rating schools (K-12) using auditable data for the parent and corporation, including school rating for the parent, Realtor and homebuyer, school choice consultation, counseling services for children with special needs, expert legal support services, comparable school evaluation, child custody assessment, and school data for the real estate appraiser, title firm, and mortgage lender. Corporate support also is available for relocation, recruitment, WorkLife benefit programs, human resources services, site selection, school-business partnership audits, and school market research. For additional information, visit the SchoolMatch Website, www.SchoolMatch.com.

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