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Funding for Home vs. Blended Education

 

Funding Available for Home Education

Home Education Regulations require Supervising Authorities (School Boards) to provide a MINIMUM of 50% of funding to the parents for reimbursements for curriculum and related school expenses.

Currently, this is approximately $747. Per student

 

Funding Available for Blended Education

Funding is provided to the supervising authority (school board) based on the amount of program that is under their responsibility. Therefore, the larger portion of program that is ‘blended’, the greater amount of funding received per student. There are no minimum requirements that state how much must be given to the parents. A supervising authority may currently receive between $4000. to $5000. per student.

Parents currently have access to approximately $700. to $1400.

 

Definitions of Blended Education and Home Education

 

"Blended program" means an educational program consisting of two distinct parts:

 

1. A school-provided program where a teacher employed by a school board or an accredited funded private school is responsible for providing the planning, resource selection, instructional delivery, assessment and evaluation of student progress in selected courses that follow the Alberta Program of Studies with the following minimum requirements:

Grade 1 – 9 Minimum of 50%

Grade 10 – 12 Minimum of 20%

 

2. A Home Education Program that meets the requirements of the Home Education Regulation.

 

Funding Manual - Glossary of Terms pg 145

Funding Manual Link

click on 2009-2010 Funding Manual link

 

“Home Education Program” means an education program provided by a parent to a student in accordance with this Regulation, but does not include any portion of an education program that is the responsibility of a board or an accredited private school to deliver; http://education.alberta.ca/ parents/choice/homeeducation.aspx

click on Home Education Handbook

 

Appendix A pg 30

(1) A parent who intends to provide a home education program must develop the program.

(2) A home education program must enable a student to achieve outcomes that are appropriate

to that program.

(3) Each year a parent who intends to provide a home education program must select activities

to be focused on in the year that will enable the student to achieve the ultimate goal set out in

subsection (2).

(4) A home education program may follow the Alberta Programs of Study.

(5) Where a home education program does not follow the Alberta Programs of Study,

(a) the parent providing the program must certify, using the form set by the Minister, that the

activities selected by the parent for the year under subsection (3) will enable the student to

achieve the ultimate goal set out in subsection (2), and

(b) the associate board or associate private school that will supervise the program must accept

the program, including the selection of activities, in writing.

(6) A parent referred to in subsection (5) must provide to the associate board or associate

private school a written description of the program which must include

(a) a list of the activities selected by the parent under subsection (3) and an explanation

as to how those activities will enable the student to achieve the ultimate goal set out in

subsection (2),

(b) the instructional methods and resources to be used,

(c) the means of conducting evaluations of the student’s progress, and

(d) the name of the person instructing the home education program, if not the parent.

(7) A parent who has provided a description of a home education program under subsection (6)

may alter the program, and must notify the associate board or associate private school of any

significant changes to the program.

(8) A teacher employed by the associate board or associate private school must, at the request

of a parent, advise and provide assistance to the parent in the preparation of the written

description of a home education program.

(9) A parent providing a home education program must administer and manage the home

education program

 

 

Blended Education Origins in Alberta

• Began in the early 1990’s

• Initial concept was that home educated students would attend school part of the time to benefit from equipment, instruction, and options that were not available at home

• Created by school boards for two principle reasons

1. Some families wanted a half-way position that would allow them keep control over a portion of student’s learning without the full responsibility of it all (and desired more access to funding per student)

2.  Some boards wanted an avenue to more directly influence the education of the students who were completely outside the system

• Development of Virtual On-line courses allows access to options while still in the home

• Direct financial advantage to a board having students enrolled in blended program ( see funding information)

• This leads to boards more actively pursuing families, by advertising monetary benefits

• Majority of program is school-delivered, following the Alberta Program of Studies, therefore students are legally considered to be public school students (see % of program that must be delivered by an Alberta Certified Teacher in ‘Definition’)

• Complete information often not ‘given to’ or ‘explained to’ families leads to many who do not make decisions based on all the facts.

• Alberta Education leaves it up to school boards to explain definition of options to families which does not happen

• Cases of families in blended programs being charged with truancy by their own boards and required to attend hearings of the provincial attendance board

• 2010, Misinformation continues to be prevalent throughout the home education community

 

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