This development is a follow-up to the announcement last September of a change of providers for the program.
American Forces Information Service, Washington, D.C., 24 January 2006, DoDEA to Discontinue Remote Home School Program
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2007 The Department of Defense Education Activity will discontinue its Remote Home School Program beginning in school year 2007-2008, DoDEA officials announced today.
“We understand this unique program is valued by our families,” said Joseph D. Tafoya, DoDEA director. “Unfortunately, with the funding allocation and grants expiring for this program at the end of school year 2006-2007, we will have to discontinue the Remote Location Home Schooling Program.”
The saddest thing to me about this program being discontinued is that some people were depending on it for their children’s “permanent records,” especially for the teen years/high school. Military families who left the overseas area were able to continue with the record-keeping provided by IDEA International, and I’ve read comments online that some parents considered this a key feature of the program.
In all likelihood, the families will ‘suck it up and drive on,’ but if it’s one thing military parents don’t need at this point, is yet another change to weather.
IDEA International, Enrollment Eligibility Guidelines for Families Retiring and PCSng CONUS
[note: PCS = permanent change of station, aka a 'move;' and CONUS = continental/contiguous United States, ie, the 'lower 48']
The following applies to families enrolled on or after July 1, 2002. If a family should PCS outside the Pacific Rim prior to August 25th of that year, they may remain in the program; however, they will receive modified benefits as listed:
- Contact Teacher support
- Online resources (WorldBook Online, Lightspan, Inet, etc.)
- Continued use of previously purchased IDEA equipment and curricular materials
- No allotment provided
- No equipment upgrade available
Will the “grandfathered” families who are still schooling their children at home, and using the program’s records/transcripts benefit, be left to continue their own arrangements once the program concludes?
“We truly regret the disruption this may cause students and families,” Tafoya said. “We do not take this decision lightly; it is the result of careful analysis of the needs of our directed mission.”
One would think that they’d have carefully analyzed their needs before establishing a program that families would be encouraged to rely on during their children’s school years: Education That Goes Where You Go!
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