Current Home Education Related Issues
April 9, 2018
Bill 24 Court Challenge
On April 5 the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) filed a court challenge to Bill 24. According to the JCCF, Bill 24 violates parental rights by preventing parents from being fully informed about their children's activities in school. It also conflicts with the rights of religious private schools by imposing policies concerning Gay-Straight Alliances. In response to the court challenge, Education Minister David Eggen issued a statement saying, "Schools that don’t follow the law [Bill 24] will risk having their accreditation and funding stripped, period." This is important for home educating families who register through private Christian schools because those schools could lose their funding and no longer be eligible to offer home education programs. For additional information, please visit the JCCF's web page explaining this court challenge.
March 22, 2018
New 2018 Alberta Budget Includes Continued Private School Funding
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci released the government's Budget 2018: Fiscal Plan today. On page 22 there is a chart anticipating government expenditures on private school funding of $274 million in 2018-2019, $284 million in 2019-2020, and $292 million in 2020-2021. This seems to suggest that the Alberta government is planning to maintain private school funding at current levels. For the immediate future, it appears that home educators will be able to continue registering with private schools as before.
February 24, 2018
Good News From Norway!
The 12 year-old boy apprehended by social workers for homeschooling in Norway has been returned to his family! This is likely due to the unfavourable international attention the incident received. However, this situation has not been completely resolved yet. For additional details please check the story here.
February 20, 2018
Homeschooled Child Forcefully Taken From His Family in Norway
Recently, a family in Norway had a child forcefully removed from their home by police for being homeschooled. The 12-year-old boy had been bullied in his school, so the parents thought he would be safer at home. Although homeschooling is not illegal in Norway, the country’s child protection agency sent police to the family’s home to apprehend the child, who resisted being taken from his family. Details of this situation, along with a video of a policeman tackling the boy as he tries to escape, are available here. A situation like this should remind home educating families in Canada not to take their freedom for granted.
October 12, 2017
Organizations Worth Supporting
If you are looking for an opportunity to be involved in defending parental rights, or would like to help financially, here are a couple of organizations we suggest you look into:
Parents for Choice in Education is an activist group that encourages citizens to be involved in the political process to defend educational freedom. We hold this organization in very high regard and believe it is worthy of support, including financial support. Donations to Parents for Choice in Education can be made here.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is doing vital work for the preservation of religious freedom and parental rights in Canada. We believe it to be the most important legal defence organization in the country. Please consider financially supporting the Justice Centre. Donations can be made here.
The legality of home education is rooted in parental rights, so the work of these two organizations is needed by the home education community.
Education Unlimited keeps you updated on the latest issues related to home education in Alberta.