Current Home Education Related Issues
November 25, 2019
Opportunity for Input on Choice in Education Act
The Government of Alberta is currently working towards creating a Choice in Education Act. As part of this process, the government is asking for input from the public through a survey. The survey is available at the "Choice in education engagement" webpage. Parents for Choice in Education has also created a webpage to help people understand the issues involved in the survey and to offer ideas on how to best contribute to it. That webpage can be found by clicking here. Home educators should take this opportunity to advance the cause of educational freedom in Alberta by participating in this survey.
September 19, 2019
No Right to Home Educate in Switzerland
Earlier this week, the Swiss Federal Court ruled that parents do not have a right to home educate their children. Each of Switzerland’s cantons (local government jurisdictions roughly similar to provinces) may permit home education or prohibit it, but the constitution does not create a right to home educate. A mother from Basel had argued that the ban on home education in her canton violated a constitutional right to privacy and family life but the court ruled otherwise. Further details can be found by clicking here.
June 10, 2019
Education Act to Replace School Act
On June 5, Alberta's new Education Minister, Adriana LaGrange, introduced Bill 8, The Education Amendment Act. The amended Education Act (originally passed in 2012 but never proclaimed) will replace the current School Act. Groups that support parental rights in education are encouraged by Bill 8, although some concerns remain. Importantly, private Christian schools will be given more flexibility in how to provide a safe learning environment for their students. These are the kinds of schools that many home educated students are registered with. For more information about Bill 8, please visit the Parents for Choice in Education Bill 8 webpage.
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.
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