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Bill 10 and Home Education

AHEA is currently analyzing Alberta Bill 10, which recently passed in amended form, and AHEA's response will require time and legal expertise.

While the original version of Bill 10 included some positive elements, the amended Bill 10 actually reduces parental and local school authority.

It should also be noted that the amendments and the final vote on Bill 10 were 'fast tracked' through the legislature in order to reduce debate on the bill - something that should concern all Albertans.

Further, as stated in our December 1 2014 letter to the Premier and all MLAs, it is AHEA's position that ALL students should be free from bullying for ANY reason but that each student - each person - is worthy of respect based on the fact that each one is a whole and complete person and that any attempt to define a person by only one aspect of his or her personhood is a form of bullying in itself.

We ask that all AHEA members and all home educators continue to pray for our elected leaders - including Mr. Donovan and Mr. Rowe who voted against the amended bill - and for the future of home education in Alberta.

Since we don't yet know the impact Bill 10 will have on home educators we should also pray for our students as well as students attending all Alberta schools.

Thank you.

Paul van den Bosch
President
Alberta Home Education Association

Conversation around Congregate Sites and the Home Education Regulation Continue

The conversation around congregate sites has continued, spearheaded primarily by the College of Alberta's School Superintendents (CASS).  AHEA has responded to several media requests.  President, Paul van den Bosch has provided feedback to an Edmonton Journal article.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Home+schooling+loophole+leaves+some+Alberta+kids+uneducated+critics/10771812/story.html

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Alberta+home+group+defends+congregated+school+sites/10778925/story.html

On February 13, 2015, Alberta Primetime current events television show then featured a piece on home education.  The show began with a documentary segment where Education Unlimited's Leo Gaumont,  and Adele Hoflin (Leo's daughter) and her family were featured.  This was followed by a live panel discussion where AHEA president Paul van den Bosch represented AHEA's position and advocated for home education.

Documentary segment on home education:  http://alberta.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=551445  Panel discussion on congregate sites: http://alberta.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=551447

AHEA has provided information to Education Minister Dirks pertaining to these matters.  

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