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October 11, 2014 Update: Alberta Education Organization

Due to changes within the Alberta Government and the bureaucracy of Alberta Education, there has been no active movement on the Home Education Regulation. AHEA continues to remain in contact with the Ministry of Education and active in bringing the regulation to their attention.

Alberta Education Organizational Changes:

Education Minster:

Honourable Gordon Dirks has been appointed to the position of Education Minister. His appointment is dependent upon him being elected in the Calgary-Elbow by-election, the date which has not yet been set. Mr. Dirks is a strong believer in parental rights.

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/09/15/new-education-minister-gordon-dirks-a-strong-advocate-for-parental-choice-in-schooling/

Education Deputy Minister (Acting):

Mr. Gene Williams is the Acting Education Deputy Minister.  He was an Assistant Deputy Minister under Johnson/Bass administration in the division of System Excellence.

Education Act Regulatory Review Committee:

Members for the Education Act Regulatory Review Committee have not yet been appointed by the Government. Honourable Maureen Kubinec, the new Minister of Culture and Tourism, is unlikely to continue on as the Chair of the Education Act Regulatory Review Committee.

Members for the committees are likely to be appointed soon and AHEA will be advised as soon as the appointments to the Education Act Regulatory Review Committee are made.

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

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