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Some good news, but also further financial restrictions coming from Alberta Education

September 29, 2016

Over the past several years, AHEA has been working with home education school authorities to address auditing challenges which had the potential to severely limit the school authority choices home educators would have.

On Friday, September 23, 2016, Patty Marler and Paul van den Bosch from AHEA met with representatives from Minister Eggen's office and from Alberta Education and learned that Alberta Education's response has been the development of guidelines for resource reimbursement, guidelines which have not yet been made public.

AHEA will keep you informed as these reimbursement guidelines go through the approval process within the Ministry of Education.

AHEA also learned:

- Minister Eggen has decided that no retroactive financial claw backs to any home education supervising authorities will be occurring.

- The freedom and ability to home educate, AHEA's primary focus, has not been affected in any way with this reimbursement document.

- There will be no penalties for home educating students taking post-secondary studies, but there will also not be any financial reimbursement for these studies.

Home educators should note the following financial resource reimbursement eligibility requirements which are not changing from current practice:

- The necessity to have a program plan (as required in the home education notification form)

- There must be link between the program plan and the educational item purchased

- Receipts are required in order for items to be considered for reimbursement

- Reimbursements are for Grades 1-12 materials only

In summary, Minister Eggen listened to the concerns of home educators regarding financial clawbacks and has developed guidelines for moving forward, not retroactively.

Clarification Regarding Education Grants Regulation

From: Education Deputy Minister
Date: Fri, May 27, 2016 at 9:36 AM
Subject: Clarification Regarding Education Grants Regulation

To: Superintendents of Public, Separate and Francophone School Authorities, Charter and Accredited Private Schools

Monitoring by Education staff has revealed that some school authorities operating online or regular programs are reimbursing parents approximately $1,500. I would like to remind schools and school authorities that the Education Grants Regulation clearly states that the education grant must be used only for the purpose for which it was intended. The practice of reimbursing parents for student participation in online or regular programs directs funding away from instructional support for student learning. Under the Education Grants Regulation, grant funding may be recovered if it is not used for its intended purpose.

If your school or school authority has policies and/or practices in place that reimburse parents for student participation in online or regular learning, please revise these policies and/or end these practices effective August 31, 2016.

The only provision that currently permits school authorities to pay families directly is with regard to home education. As per the Home Education Regulation, an associate school authority must offer parents of a home education student not less than 50 per cent of the home education grant for the purchase of instructional materials. The home education grant provided to authorities is $1,670.81, meaning the reimbursement offered should not be less than $835. Parents must provide the associate school authority with receipts to show how this funding was spent, as the purpose of this reimbursement is to defray costs associated with the programs of study, instructional materials or other resources related to the home education program.

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.


Curtis Clarke, PhD

Deputy Minister of Education

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