AHEA Convention 2016

The 30th Anniversary Convention (April 2016)
just keeps getting bigger and better!

We now have three keynote speakers: Andrew Pudewa (founder & director of Institute for Excellence in Writing), Linda Lacour Hobar (author of the Mystery of History), and John Carpay (founder and president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms).

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Alberta Education Funding Update

On Thursday, May 29, Premier Rachel Notley and Education Minister David Eggen released a financial statement on funding for all Alberta schools, including private schools and home education.

Before the recent provincial election, home educators had been concerned that growth would not be funded (a particular concern among home educators as home education grew by over 8% from 2013/14 to the current school year).

The financial statement released on May 29 reversed the funding freeze planned by the previous PC government thus allowing Independent Contracted Home Education Specialists (ICHES) to continue to operate with consistency and provide choice to home educating families.

(For details on how this will affect your family's funding, please contact the school or school board with whom you are notified).

Although we don't know what this will mean for the future beyond 2015/16, this is good news for home educating families and, we hope and pray, the beginning of a fruitful relationship with the new government.

Further to the May 29 announcement, Education Minister David Eggen announced on June 2nd that the Education Act, passed in 2012 but never declared law, would need further review. This delay was expected and AHEA will continue to speak up for home educators and parental authority during this review.

It should be noted that the news article on Minister Eggen's June 2nd announcement included the following paragraph: "But Eggen said he has no intention of changing the current structure that sees education delivered through several models such as home-schooling, charter and private schools, as well as the public system."

AHEA thanks all home educators for speaking up during the recent provincial election campaign so that the concerns of home educators were clearly heard.

Paul van den Bosch
Alberta Home Education Association

Convention Speakers Statement

The Alberta Home Education Association carefully considers all of the speakers for every convention and 2016 will be no exception.

The AHEA board will investigate, discuss, pray, and decide on courses of action but we will not rush to judgment on any of the speakers we are considering.

We thank AHEA members for patience in this matter.


New NDP Government

The Alberta Home Education Association wishes to congratulate Alberta's premier elect, Rachel Notley, and her New Democratic Party.

During the election campaign, many NDP candidates spoke of "standing up for the little guy" and we sincerely hope that that stance will continue and that the NDP will stand up and support home education.

Home education is indeed "the little guy" in Alberta, although our numbers are steadily growing.

Here are some numbers to keep in mind:

- There are almost 10,000 home educated students in Alberta for the 2014/15 school year (that number does not include "blended", "fully aligned", or "Alberta Education online" students)

- The number of home educated students in 2014/15 is up over 8% from 2013/14

- Those 10,000 students still represent less than 1.5% of the total Alberta student population (and less then 2/100ths of a percent of the Alberta Education budget)

- That makes home education "the little guy" and yet we saved Alberta taxpayers over $80 million in 2014/15!

The election of the new government under the NDP party, means that they will develop their own budget. As we await their new budget, we really have no firm direction on what is going to happen financially with home education.

Again, AHEA congratulates the new NDP government and Wildrose opposition, and we also offer sincere thanks to all those MLAs from all political parties who have supported home education in the past.

We hope that support for home education and for parental rights and freedoms will continue to be strong among all parties for years to come.

Paul van den Bosch


Alberta Home Education Association

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