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AHEA will pay Convention fees to the Home School Leadership Convention in Winnipeg - September 11-

AHEA members (and their spouses) interested in attending the HSLDA National Leadership Convention in Winnipeg from Sept 11-13, 2014 may have their convention fees paid for by AHEA. This is a wonderful opportunity.

For more information on the HSLDA National Leadership Convention and to view the impressive list of presenters go to: http://www.hslda.ca/cche/national_leadership_conference/2014

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to grow and benefit yourself, your spouse, your local support group, and home education in Alberta.

Limited scholarships are available to AHEA members, so please contact AHEA soon This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Scholorships will be issued according to the early bird - August 15 fee schedule.

Revisions to Draft Survey Analysis Assured

The concerns by AHEA - specifically by AHEA's Government Liaison, Patty Marler - resulted in a teleconference meeting today between AHEA representatives and two senior Alberta Education administrators (including one who is a statistics expert).

AHEA's concern was primarily that the opinions of home educators were being disregarded (as was apparent in the first draft of the online survey results).

After reviewing Patty's analysis and recalculations, Alberta Education will be doing a complete revision of the survey results in six of the online questions (the home education question and five others with similar wording).

AHEA will have an opportunity to view the next draft of the survey results, likely in mid-January.

It was clear that home educators formed the largest group of respondents, and the Alberta Education representatives stated their goal to accurately reflect those responses.

One of the representatives summed up home educator responses in these terms: "Home educators responded in large numbers and were very expressive, writing from the heart.  They were polite, optimistic, passionate, informed, thoughtful, articulate, and respectful of the process".

Home educators have clearly and vocally expressed their views.  But it is still the political will that will ultimately determine the wording of regulations.

Keeping that in mind, please continue to pray - that God's Will be done and especially that Jeff Johnson remains Education Minister through this process - and to stay involved.

The easiest way to stay involved at this time of year would be a Christmas card - to your MLA and to the Education Minister too.

Thank you

Paul van den Bosch

Home Education Regulation Working Committee Meeting Summary

Nov. 30, 2013

The Home Education Regulation Working Committee (HERWC) meeting on Nov.27 went well.

I identified serious concerns with the survey results analysis and gross inaccuracies with calculations. Home educator survey responses in the form of 'other' had not been included when completing the calculations. I was later advised that these corrections had been passed along to the 3rd party contractor and other committees. I anticipate corrective measures and measurements will be taken.

A summary of the survey results (with anticipated corrective changes) will be on-line presently, as will the raw data (devoid of identifying markers). Individuals are encouraged to conduct their own analysis, and should other inconsistencies be identified, please advise AHEA as soon as possible.

There was a push for formal evaluation methods, not for the purpose of student enhancement, but for individual student success monitoring. AHEA continued to stand against systematic and mandated evaluation of home educating students, and the survey responses clearly support AHEA's stand. AHEA spoke boldly against the use of assessment results as a means for terminating home education programs.

The conversation and desire to shut down congregate sites or insist that they become private schools was again voiced. This topic continues to be the center of discussion amongst other stakeholders. There was a reminder to those promoting this thought that delegation does not mean parental abdication of responsibility.

Recommendations from tht various stakeholders in education are being passed onto Maureen Kubinec, MLA chair of the Education Act Regulatory Review Committee (EARRC) this week. AHEA is preparing its own final recommendation document that will also be submitted. It will then be the responsibility of the EARRC to make recommendations for the Home Education Regulation to Education Minister Johnson. Minister Johnson has the final say as to what is put in the regulation.

Reminder to home educators: It is important for those involved with these sites - and to ALL home educators - to be visiting their MLAs to renew and strengthen a positive relationship.

Another HERWC meeting was tentatively scheduled for January 10, 2014.

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