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AHEA will pay Convention fees to the Home School Leadership Convention in Winnipeg - September 11-

AHEA members (and their spouses) interested in attending the HSLDA National Leadership Convention in Winnipeg from Sept 11-13, 2014 may have their convention fees paid for by AHEA. This is a wonderful opportunity.

For more information on the HSLDA National Leadership Convention and to view the impressive list of presenters go to: http://www.hslda.ca/cche/national_leadership_conference/2014

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to grow and benefit yourself, your spouse, your local support group, and home education in Alberta.

Limited scholarships are available to AHEA members, so please contact AHEA soon This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Scholorships will be issued according to the early bird - August 15 fee schedule.

AHEA Presents Reverend Joe Boot: The Christian Mandate to Educate

Joe Boot Poster

 

 

AHEA is pleased to announce that Rev. Joe Boot of the Ezra Institute in Toronto will be speaking on the Christian Mandate to Educate.  Rev. Boot spoke at the Home School Legal Defence Association Convention in Montreal in September, 2013 and is an excellent orator and supporter of home education.

When: 7:30 pm Saturday, February 8, 2014

Where:
Lister Hall/Centre, Wildrose Room
University of Alberta Campus
11604 - 87 Avenue, NW
Edmonton, AB

Cost: $5 per person, to a maximum of $10 per family

AHEA would like to thank the Christian Medical and Dental Association for the generous use of their venue.

Revisions to Draft Survey Analysis Assured

The concerns by AHEA - specifically by AHEA's Government Liaison, Patty Marler - resulted in a teleconference meeting today between AHEA representatives and two senior Alberta Education administrators (including one who is a statistics expert).

AHEA's concern was primarily that the opinions of home educators were being disregarded (as was apparent in the first draft of the online survey results).

After reviewing Patty's analysis and recalculations, Alberta Education will be doing a complete revision of the survey results in six of the online questions (the home education question and five others with similar wording).

AHEA will have an opportunity to view the next draft of the survey results, likely in mid-January.

It was clear that home educators formed the largest group of respondents, and the Alberta Education representatives stated their goal to accurately reflect those responses.

One of the representatives summed up home educator responses in these terms: "Home educators responded in large numbers and were very expressive, writing from the heart.  They were polite, optimistic, passionate, informed, thoughtful, articulate, and respectful of the process".

Home educators have clearly and vocally expressed their views.  But it is still the political will that will ultimately determine the wording of regulations.

Keeping that in mind, please continue to pray - that God's Will be done and especially that Jeff Johnson remains Education Minister through this process - and to stay involved.

The easiest way to stay involved at this time of year would be a Christmas card - to your MLA and to the Education Minister too.

Thank you

Paul van den Bosch

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