Current Home Education Related Issues
November 9, 2020
New "Notification Only" Option for Home Educators
Beginning this school year, home educating parents in Alberta have a new option known as "Notification Only". In this case, parents notify that they are home educating directly with the Department of Education rather than through a school. This option is portrayed by its proponents as providing parents with more freedom. But is that really the case? Education Unlimited's director, Léo Gaumont, has prepared an analysis of "Notification Only" demonstrating that, compared to other options, it does not really provide more freedom or benefit home educating parents at all. Please read his incisive analysis here: A Critique of “Notification Only”. To see the Notification Only form with the most concerning parts highlighted, please click here.
October 27, 2020
The Pope Endorses Same-Sex Civil Unions
For the first time ever, the Pope has endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples. A civil union is not formally a marriage, but it is a legal relationship whereby a couple can enjoy the same benefits as marriage. Details about this new development are available from the following news source: Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions. In that article, a priest is quoted as saying the Pope's new position represents “a major step forward in the church’s support for LGBT people.” This issue is relevant for home educators because most home educating families in Alberta are knowingly or unknowingly registered with Roman Catholic school authorities, and such families may be concerned about this official change in the church's views on family and sexuality. This is reminiscent of the change in doctrine imposed on schools by Bill 24 in 2017.
July 2, 2020
Choice in Education Act Passed by Legislature
On June 24, Bill 15, the Choice in Education Act, was passed by the Alberta Legislature. It will come into effect on September 1, 2020. Key highlights about the Act are available by clicking on this link to a government web page entitled Protecting choice in education. Among the points listed is that the Education Act is amended to "affirm that parents have the right to choose the kind of education they feel is best for their children." That, of course, is a foundational principle of home education.
May 29, 2020
Choice in Education Act Introduced in Legislature
Yesterday, Bill 15, the Choice in Education Act, was introduced in the Alberta Legislature by Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange. The purpose of this law is to more strongly recognize parental choice in the education of children, and to make some legislative changes consistent with that goal. Importantly, one of those changes is the option for an "unsupervised notification-only, non-funded home education program.” Clearly, this presents another alternative for home educating parents. However, it is very early in the legislative process for this bill, so we plan to provide updates as things change. For additional information on Bill 15, you can read a more extensive news article by clicking here.
January 17, 2019
Education Unlimited has just released a paper explaining how home educators are affected by Bill 24, An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances. Home educators are not directly affected by this legislation, but they need to consider whether or not the schools they register with have compromised the Christian faith by complying with it. This paper, Bill 24 and the Alberta Home Educator, will help home educators think through the issues involved so that they can make an informed decision. Click here to read this paper.
Education Unlimited keeps you updated on the latest issues related to home education in Alberta.