Current Home Education Related Issues
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.
March 16, 2020
COVID-19 Shuts Alberta's Schools
In an unprecedented move, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange has cancelled classes at all K-12 schools in Alberta for an indefinite period of time due to the spread of COVID-19. Of course, it's business as usual for home educators, but this is nevertheless a major education news story. For further details, please view an online news story by clicking here.
February 6, 2020
Choice in Education Videos
Parents for Choice in Education (PCE) has created a new way to promote educational choice in Alberta. It is requesting that families who have benefited from choice in education film short videos explaining why it matters to them. Home education is one of the options for education in Alberta, so home educators are welcome to submit videos for this project. Currently there are organizations in Alberta campaigning against choice in education, so PCE's plan should be a helpful counterweight to that effort. For information on this project and how to participate, please click 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.