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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.

Quick links for the Home Education Regulation

To make the process of providing input and locating information regarding the Home Education Regulation easier, I will provide some 'quick links' here.

Regulatory Review Online Survey: http://ideas.education.alberta.ca/engage/current-initiatives/educationactregulatoryreview/

To sign up for one of the Regulation Review Consultation Meetings: http://www.timewiseevents.com/rrc/

Written submissions may be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Information on AHEA's recommendations for the regulation and the online survey



Praying Home Schoolers Needed!

At the closing banquet of the National Leadership Conference, one of the leaders there shared about a Summer Camp in the Ukraine that he went to last year.

He said it was an amazing camp BUT the part that he appreciated the most, was that each camper had to have 15 people praying for them while they were at camp. Then he went on to share that anyone in ministry at that camp needed to have 25 people praying for them. He said it was an amazing camp. So much happened in the lives of all who attended.

I was sitting there - totally captivated by what he shared. Then he asked us to remember to pray for HSLDA(Home School Legal Defense Association) this coming year - Paul Farris and his wife Suzanne, and those who are involved with the direction of HSLDA as well. I loved that, and said I would share it when I got back to Alberta. . . (Anyone interested in praying for HSLDA faithfully? Let me know @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I will pass that encouragement onto them!)

BUT along with that, I am asking you to pray for the AHEA Board. What a wonderful blessing it would be to know individuals were praying for us faithfully, too. I know the AHEA Board prays regularly for direction and wisdom. Who are the people on the AHEA Board?

Patty Marler puts an incredible amount of time and effort into home schooling and politics. She also is a full time home schooling mom who tries to fit everything in. I know she spends hours each month dealing with issues AND loves advocating for Albertan Home Schoolers.

Paul van den Bosch has been such a great addition to our board and is a wonderful treasurer for AHEA. He also has background in speaking with radio and TV. He was a great asset last year during Bill 3 and the Education Act.

Chris Rogers is our the new president of AHEA this year and continues to be a passionate home school advocate wherever he is. . . His energy and commitment is inspiring. He also has a committment to inspiring home schooling fathers, and would love to see AHEA do more in Alberta.

Ted Tederoff has been a great asset to AHEA over the years. He and his wife, Shannon, have just had their seventh child and life is busy. He continues to give as much as he can to AHEA, the Home Educators in Alberta and to inspiring home schooling fathers, as well.

Richard Yaceyko also is a passionate advocate for home schooling wherever he is and loves to be involved in politics. He is the new Vice President of AHEA this year.

Terry Yaceyko (me) has too much energy and passion for home schooling - smile - and probably does too many things. She continues to pray for wisdom and strength AND to do what God wants her to do each day. Supporting Home Educators is high on her list of things to do.

That is only a glimpse into each of the AHEA Board Members, but I am hoping that God will lay it on some of your hearts to pray for us (AND home schooling in Alberta). I know the burden was very great last year during Bill 3 and all that entailed. I will be personally praying that God will raise up intercessors that will commit to praying faithfully through this next year and beyond. *Again, do not take our freedom to Home Educate our children lightly. Continue to pray (and advocate) for freedom to home educate in Alberta.

I also would love to have a group of people praying faithfully for AHEA Convention 2014 - the Convention Team and all the decisions to be made, volunteers, speakers AND the New and Wanna Be Home Schoolers who will attend. The Convention has always been good, but wow, what would happen in hearts and lives if more people were praying?

Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR message me on the AHEA Facebook Page if you will commit to praying for any of the above.

Thanks so much for being a part of AHEA!

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