On Thursday, May 29, Premier Rachel Notley and Education Minister David Eggen released a financial statement on funding for all Alberta schools, including private schools and home education.
Before the recent provincial election, home educators had been concerned that growth would not be funded (a particular concern among home educators as home education grew by over 8% from 2013/14 to the current school year).
The financial statement released on May 29 reversed the funding freeze planned by the previous PC government thus allowing Independent Contracted Home Education Specialists (ICHES) to continue to operate with consistency and provide choice to home educating families.
(For details on how this will affect your family's funding, please contact the school or school board with whom you are notified).
Although we don't know what this will mean for the future beyond 2015/16, this is good news for home educating families and, we hope and pray, the beginning of a fruitful relationship with the new government.
Further to the May 29 announcement, Education Minister David Eggen announced on June 2nd that the Education Act, passed in 2012 but never declared law, would need further review. This delay was expected and AHEA will continue to speak up for home educators and parental authority during this review.
It should be noted that the news article on Minister Eggen's June 2nd announcement included the following paragraph: "But Eggen said he has no intention of changing the current structure that sees education delivered through several models such as home-schooling, charter and private schools, as well as the public system."
AHEA thanks all home educators for speaking up during the recent provincial election campaign so that the concerns of home educators were clearly heard.
Paul van den Bosch
Alberta Home Education Association