Stars and Stripes, Pacific edition, 12 September 2006, Last-minute change upsets parents who home school kids Timing of DODEAâ€™s switch to new contractor criticized
“It shows that DoDEA does not understand that home education does not begin the day DODDS schools open their doors,”Â [homeschool parent Grant Sattler] stated in an e-mail.
[Harvey Gerry, Department of Defense Education Activity chief of policy and legislation]Â said bidding for the new contract could not begin until the Defense Departmentâ€™s fiscal 2006 budget was final. He also said that to award the contract, DODEA had to follow government competitive-bidding procedures.
Tim Cline, IDEA-International executive director, said he was told DODEA rated both his company and WorldWide IDEA as qualified to bid and that WorldWide IDEA was the lower bidder, by about 2 percent.
Who’s in charge of the schooling?Â Parents, or ‘someone else?’
And as for the “low bidder” mechanism, I’m watching new government quarters being built here in tornado alley — on slabs.Â The quarters that used to be for officers thatÂ were just torn out all had basements.Â That’s definintely an upgrade.