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Media Claim that Alberta Education will be Providing Educational Reimbursements

The subject of “sending your receipts directly to Alberta Education” has been raised by recent media stories but, as of November 8th, there has been no official statement and no detail provided by Alberta Education.

In the absence of a detailed statement, the media stories have raised more questions and caused confusion.

The implications of submitting receipts to Alberta Education are, as of yet, unclear and it is unknown if parents who submit receipts will continue to have their notification remain at Trinity Christian School / WISDOM Home Schooling.

This confusion causes AHEA great concern and should cause great concern to every home educating parent.

There should be no questions and no confusion and, with something of this significance, this story should not have been spread through the media. That is especially true now, when this issue is before the courts.

At this time, AHEA asks that all home educating parents wait until more clarity has been provided. Please stay in close contact with their home education provider – whether that is Trinity/WISDOM or another home school administration – so that that relationship is not damaged or changed and so that you can get clear information through your home school administration.

As we have recommended during the last couple of weeks, it would be best for home educators to wait for clarification before considering taking any action.

Thank you.

Interim injunction granted to Trinity/WISDOM until hearing on January 5, 2017

To all AHEA members and Alberta home educators and parents.

After Education Minister David Eggen shut down Trinity Christian School and WISDOM Home Schooling on October 25th, AHEA received a torrent of calls and texts and emails from concerned parents.

These came from both WISDOM parents and non-WISDOM parents, from home educators and those who don't home educate, from many Albertans shocked and dismayed by what had occurred.

The commonly expressed concern was that the government had not acted in a fair manner and had not followed due process.

On November 4th, Trinity/WISDOM were granted an injunction allowing them to stay open (although without funding until at least January 5th when further proceedings will take place)

While AHEA makes no statement on the merits of the allegations brought by the Alberta government, AHEA does point out these legal proceedings - and those to come - will allow both sides to present their cases in an open and fair manner so that due process can be followed.

To that end, AHEA is encouraged by today's ruling and we look forward to having the truth come out in full

This is in line with AHEA's Philosophy and Objects:

http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/about-ahea/philosophy-and-objectives

AHEA "recognizes the supremacy of God and the rule of law", and holds that government "must exercise its compelling interest in the education of the young by the least intrusive means."

As such, we ask that you pray for our elected officials and courts so that the respect for constitutional rights will always be honoured.

The board of the Alberta Home Education Association

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AHEA Update - November 3, 2016

Addressing Home Educator's Concerns since the Closure of Trinity/WISDOM

The initial shock over the closing of of Trinity/ WISDOM Home Schooling on October 25 has been replaced by an abundance of work and activity to support the home education community in Alberta. While the situation appeared dire in the beginning, seeds of hope and potential for good moving forward are present.

AHEA/HSLDA partnership meetings were held. 270 people attended on Halloween night in Calgary and 480 people were in attendance in Edmonton.

During the information and discussion meetings held in Calgary and Edmonton, the 750 people who attended (270 in Calgary and 480 in Edmonton) expressed shock, dismay and were looking to determine what courses of action to take. AHEA's Government Liaison, Patty Marler, HSLDA Legal Council, Lisa McManus, and HSLDA Board Member, Raymond Strom, advised people about the plethora of work going on to address this situation.

AHEA meets with Education Minister Eggen, Deputy Minister Clarke, and Deputy Minister Boje. Discussions were productive and fruitful.

Many questions and comments were shared around Alberta Education's request, or seeming demand, that home educators re-notify with another board within two weeks. Since the two information meetings, AHEA has met with Education Minister Eggen, Deputy Minister Clarke, and Assistant Deputy Minister Boje. Specific to notification, AHEA shared some of the difficulties that the restrictive Home Education Regulation poses, including having teachers entering our homes twice a year. Minister Eggen recognized that we had valid concerns and that two weeks is not a realistic expectation for home educating families to notify. Minister Eggen did not set a specific deadline for notification.

Wisdom files injunction to be reinstated.

WISDOM Home Schooling has filed an injunction requesting the reinstating of accreditation and funding to Trinity Christian School. Should this injunction be granted, Trinity/WISDOM would have full authority to serve their families. The hearing for this injunction will occur on Friday, November 4.

Information sharing between AHEA, HSLDA, and home education administrators.

Prior to the filing of the legal injunction, AHEA and HSLDA were in communication with the large home education administrators across Alberta (those who currently administer 100 or more home educating students). These administrators all expressed their shock, and dismay about the closure of Trinity/WISDOM, and there was an outpouring of support for WISDOM. Should WISDOM's injunction not be granted, these administrators are looking into ways to assist and support WISDOM families.

Continuing communication, discussion and collaboration.

AHEA continues to be in involved in significant discussions to assist the home educating community. We are following what we believe is proper due process, something we hope and desire for all, but a standard that we ourselves will adhere to. As a result, there remains to be no formal action presented for your consideration at this time. The outcome of Trinity/WISDOM's injunction will be a determining factor in many of the actions to be considered moving forward.

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