Guam DOE Says the Law Bars Them From Accepting GTA’s Offer of Free Internet Service at Island Schools

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Guam – The Guam Department of Education has announced that they can not accept GTA’s offer of free internet service in the public schools.

A release from DOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez explains that public law prevents a vendor or potential vendors from offering gifts or favors to any government agency.  GTA is currently a vendor with Guam DOE.

“For this reason,” states Fernandez, “we were unable to accept these services, and we notified GTA of this oversight on their part.”

READ the release from Guam DOE below:

Statement from GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez regarding GTA offer of Free Internet Services to DOE Schools

Earlier this year, GTA announced a competition to provide free Internet services to schools and invited children in our public schools to participate.  Students at Untalan Middle School, Simon Sanchez High School and Vicente Benavente Middle Schoos were announced as the contest winners.

Unfortunately, public law prevents actual or potential vendors from offering gifts or favors to any government agency.  GTA is currently a vendor with our department. For this reason, we were unable to accept these services, and we notified GTA of this oversight on their part.

Attached is a copy of our letter explaining the legal issues with their offer.

We are disappointed that our students were unable to benefit from their participation in GTA’s competition due to the constraints of the law.  These constraints should have been considered before raising the expectations of the participating students. We hope that GTA will consider allowable partnerships with these three schools to help them prepare for the upcoming school year.