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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.

Sincerely,

Curtis Clarke, PhD

Deputy Minister of Education

May 2016 Update

As of this writing, Alberta is experiencing a hot and dry spring.
Forest fires have caused the current evacuation of Fort McMurray and other areas are in danger.

We ask all Alberta home educators to join us in prayer for the protection and safety of all Albertans and for those fighting the fires.


AHEA would like to thank all Alberta home educators and parents for their quick and vocal response to the NDP amendment to the recent private member's motion moved by PC leader Ric McIver.

The original motion passed unanimously in the legislature on Monday.

Although this is good news – and the parental response noted earlier was even better news - it should be noted that the wording of the original motion ("allowing parents to choose") is not as strong as it could be.

Parents have the prior right to choose the education of their children, and that is not something "allowed" by government but something that is a God-given right.


On December 16th 2015 and again on March 28th 2016 (see Political Updates) AHEA informed its members that, in response to a plan by Alberta Education bureaucrats to impose standardized testing on home educated students, we made a strong statement to Minister Eggen that no new assessment was required.

The minister had indicated that he needed to report on the money being spent on home education.

His department wanted standardized testing. AHEA advised the minister that the information he needed was contained in the evaluations already being done by home educating parents with their facilitators.

Parents write the education plan for their children, and parents – usually on a daily basis – evaluate their children anecdotally: "my son/daughter is meeting expectations in this area, not quite meeting expectations in that area, and far exceeding expectations in these other areas".

Our proposal was simply to use this information – 'progress based on the plan', a concept discussed openly by all administrators and facilitators who attended the December Networks North meeting –from assessments already being done by parents and to which the Minister already has access, and organize it.

That was our statement to the Minister: "no new evaluation".

Despite misinformation being spread and confusion being sown to the contrary, that was our position then and remains our position today.

AHEA has not compromised on that nor would we ever.


Please keep an eye on this website for exciting news, coming soon, about speakers at our 2017 convention.

Blessings on all Alberta families.

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