Monday, April 13, 2009

Is the AEPA nothing more than a paper company?

Don't bother looking for an address or phone number for the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA). There isn't one. And as far as I can tell, the outfit only exists on paper. There's not an office, a secretary, or even a copy machine. There's no place or no one to go to for public records. The website that you can log onto was designed and is maintained by the Wilson Education Center, located in Charlestown, Indiana.

According to the AEPA's own minutes, for most of its existence, it had no legal status or liability insurance.

"This Agreement was sent to AESA whose lawyers reviewed it. The AESA council recommended against AESA entering into the agreement because AEPA has no legal status or liability insurance, and any legal action against AESA might include anyone with a relationship, hence AESA." (December 28, 2003)

If the AESA wanted nothing to do with them, then why should we?

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